A Unique Boutique in the Heart of Montrose
811 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77006 (Map)
Donations accepted Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
The Cottage Shop has been a Houston treasure in the Montrose area since 1971. It serves as a job training site for residents, provides a fun shopping experience for the community and generates approximately 13% of The Women’s Home’s operating income.
Volunteers and residents staff the store six days a week under the supervision of professionally trained staff.
What We Sell
The Cottage Shop has a wide selection of new and gently used men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, jewelry, handbags and home furnishings, including a Boutique section and Vintage section with high-end designer brands. The store’s inventory of furniture and household goods constantly changes, but items are always well priced. You’re sure to find a bargain and enjoy a memorable customer experience. Plus, it’s a great way to lend support to a great cause.
Donations – What We Accept
- All clothing – ladies’, men’s, designer, vintage and plus size fashions
- Accessories – handbags, scarves, belts and jewelry
- All shoes – ladies’, men’s, dress and casual
- Home furnishings – home decor, kitchen items, dinnerware, glassware, linens, luggage and furniture (while we cannot supply pickup services ourselves, we will gladly accept delivered furniture donations)
Please note that according to the Texas Department of State Health Services, we cannot accept:
- Items with fillers, including bedding, sleeper sofas or stuffed animals.
- Medical Equipment (wheelchairs, walkers, etc.)
- Cribs, high chairs, strollers, or car seats
- Obsolete electronics (console TVs and computer monitors, printers)
Looking for a place to hold your book club meetings? Need a place for your knitting circle? If your small social group is looking for a place to gather, The Cottage Shop community room is the place for you!
The community room features a conference table that seats 12 and was decorated with the help of Exxon Mobil volunteers who repainted the walls, and Nancy Toy, who refurbished a mirror and credenza donated to the Shop. In addition to offering friends of The Home a space to reserve for their group meetings, The community room serves as a space for us to offer small classes to our patrons.
Volunteering – Want to Help?
If you have a flair for retail and would like to help us price, sort and organize items, join us at The Cottage Shop! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vintage Vault Night: An Evening of Retro Fashion and Shopping for a Cause
The Cottage Shop, our unique boutique in the heart of Montrose that generates approximately 13% of The Women’s Home income, scoured their basement for quality and stylish vintage gems for an epic night of vintage fashion during Vintage Vault Night. A big shout-out to all the volunteers that helped sort and price all the vintage merchandise and make this night possible!
Stylists Zoe Jackson-Jarra from Haute Mother/Fashion Plate and creative activist and fashion designer Selven O’Keef Jarmon created tailored looks for each model to strut down the runway and show-off their vintage outfits. Some outfits were as low as $28 for the whole head-to-toe look! The models’ outfits flew off the racks as soon as the show concluded.
Food and drink sponsors Etta’s Little Kitchen prepared retro bites & blackberry mocktails while Topo Chico took the opportunity to introduce their new refreshing grapefruit mineral water. Coca Cola had their artsy aluminum Diet Coke bottles available for the guests to enjoy.
DJ Gracie Chavez provided a vinyl shop-till-you-drop soundtrack perfect for treasure hunting and mingling.
The Cottage Shop’s record-breaking two-hour sale of $5,000 speaks volumes for the surrounding community that supports our efforts of empowering and rehabilitating women at The Women’s Home. Shopping for a cause has never felt so good!