Best Shopping Along DFW’s Henderson Avenue

August 12, 2014 7:00 AM

DFW is renown for its dazzling array of mega malls, but insiders know that some of the best shopping can be found in lesser-known locations, including the Knox-Henderson area. While Knox Street is filled with trendy designer boutiques and furniture stores, a recently transformed Henderson Avenue offers shoppers something more unique with everything from vintage frocks to antique home decor. A perfect way to explore the street is to start your journey with a visit to these five treasure-filled shops.
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The Gypsy Wagon (Credit, Ilene Jacobs)

The Gypsy Wagon
2928 N. Henderson Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 370-8010

Urban hippie meets cowgirl at this quirky boutique filled with an eccentric mix of home decor, bohemian clothing, jewelry, art and gifts. Here is where you’ll find those embroidered cowboy boots you’ve been dreaming about and just about anything that screams western chic. But that’s not all. How about a bright yellow vintage surfboard or a floor lamp with an Otami embroidered shade? Mercury glasses, candles, rugs, pillows, cards — the multifaceted collection of items tucked into every niche makes for an addictive shopping experience.

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La Mariposa (Credit, Ilene Jacobs)

La Mariposa Imports
2813 N. Henderson Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 826-0069

No need to travel south of the border to scoop up beautifully embroidered Mexican dresses, woven ponchos and Puebla blouses. La Mariposa has it all and more. In fact, the shop offers the largest collection of Mexican imports this side of the border. Talavera pottery, Day of the Dead folk art, hand-crafted jewelry and fiesta party decor offers visitors a whimsical trip down south without having to take a passport.

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Vintage Martini (Credit, Ilene Jacobs)

Vintage Martini
2923 N. Henderson Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(469) 334-0584

Most every fashionista in town and beyond is familiar with Vintage Martini’s impressive line-up of designer duds and accessories that can be had for a steal. And these aren’t your average thrift store finds either. Picture everything from Victorian corsets and 1950s petal dresses to vintage clothing by Pucci, Chanel and Dior. Even better, the shop’s new digs on Henderson Avenue is at least three times the size of the old Carrollton location and now houses an entire room of treasures for the guys as well.

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Art Is Art (Credit, Ilene Jacobs)

Art is Art Consignment Gallery
2811 N. Henderson Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 823-8222

Mother-daughter team Renata Holder and Carrie Jepsen’s two-story consignment shop offers a little bit of everything for mid-century modern and vintage shoppers. Expect to find retro cabinets, lamps and mosaic tables, along with fabulous modern elements mixed in. The shop also has a nice collection of smaller items, such as china, vases, hand-crafted jewelry, purses and even candles. But the spotlight here is on the art. A rotating gallery of artwork by local artists includes finds like Paul Aldred stained glass hangings and mixed media on canvas pieces by Holder herself. Even more spectacular are the prices that start at $8 and go up to $1,900.

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The Whimsey Shoppe (Credit, Ilene Jacobs)

The Whimsey Shoppe
2923 Henderson Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 824-6300

The 12,000-square-foot gallery of rooms filled with French antique and reproduction treasures makes the Whimsey Shoppe seem more like a museum than an antique store. For over 20 years, Suzie and Wendell Patterson have spent their time traveling back and forth to France, bringing back everything from armoires, dining tables and hand-painted ceramics to chandeliers, vintage copper cookware and decorative accessories. The collections, ranging from charming to exquisite, are so vast that the Pattersons needed two locations to house it all. So if you don’t find what you’re looking for at the Henderson location, head over to 1444 Oak Lawn where more whimsies await

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Ilene Jacobs is a freelance writer living in Dallas, Texas. Ilene enjoys writing about a variety of topics, ranging from food, fitness and travel, to kids, pets and senior care. You can find some of her work at