Get Rodeo ready with discounted boots

There's no need to hit retail stores when you can shop resale for a fraction of the cost
February 20, 2014 3:14:28 AM PST
Texas Junk Company is one of Houston's hidden gems. It is known by its loyal customers for its second-hand boots, rustic western wear, and vintage items.

The Montrose store is only open two days a week, and owner Robert Novotney scours the country the rest of the week looking for the best finds. Texas Junk Company is filled with pre-owned goods that Novotney has found while travelling the country in his Subaru.

"I went all the way to Albuquerque to go to the flea market twice, that was 1,700 miles," Novotney said.

The most expensive boots in the store, while they're not cheap, they are a deal compared to retail.

"These are Caimen Lucchese size 10 1/2 D," Novotney said. "That is not a stretch your dollar, yes, it is if you want this boot, that's a $5,000-$7,000 boot."

But the majority of the boots fall within the $50-$100 range and they come in all colors, cuts, and sizes.

"The price looks good. I saw a sign outside that says prices start at $30," shopper Liz Ralls said. "I heard if you are looking for used boots, this is the place to come."

Novotney runs his shop with a no-nonsense attitude.

"No refunds, I have something better to do with my time, than give someone my money back," Novotney said.

Keep in mind that popular sizes are the first to go, especially in women's size 7.5-9 and men's 12-13. Those fly off the shelf, but there is a great selection of kids' boots with prices starting at $15.

New for this rodeo season, Novotney is selling a collection of men's vintage western shirts and prices start at $15. He also sells jean jackets and a select number of western suits.

Texas Junk Company is open Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. It's located at 215 Welch St.

For the best selection, shop on Friday when the doors open at 11 a.m. That's when Novotney has just returned home from purchasing new boots.

The store is cash only, and remember, Novotney does not issue exchanges or refunds.

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