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‘Must-stop’ shopping

West Houston resale shop a treasure trove for bargain hunters

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October 14th, 2014
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Angela Meyer’s shopping routine includes a weekly visit to the Treasure Chest, a resale shop run by residents of Trace.

Angela, whose mother lives at the West Houston community, says the Treasure Chest provides a “must-stop” shopping opportunity.

“I visit my mother every Thursday, which happens to be the day the Treasure Chest is open,” she says. “The store has different items every week, so it’s fun to see what new.”

Angela’s recent finds include a credenza, lamps, throw pillows, and a shallow enameled bowl.

“If I see something I like, I have to buy it right away because items move quickly,” she says. “I kick myself for the things I let get away.”

A little bit of everything

The Treasure Chest opened in 2006 as residents looked for a way to pass on home furnishings and décor they no longer needed.

“Many of us moved to Eagle’s Trace with too many things,” says Marianne Guy, who volunteers in the store once a month. “Donating those excess items to the Treasure Chest allows us to get rid of the clutter and do a little good at the same time.”

The Treasure Chest at Eagle’s Trace consists of two departments. The furniture department is housed on the first floor of the Piney Woods residence building, while smaller items like jewelry, kitchen utensils, and collectibles are located on the third floor of Piney Woods.

Residents and their families, along with staff members at the West Houston Erickson Living community, often make it a point to stop by the resale shop in search of new treasure. 

“We’ve had some unique items come through the Treasure Chest, everything from platform beds to rare lithographs,” says John Bushkuhl, president of the Treasure Chest committee. “You never know what you’ll find from week to week.”

Volunteer initiative

The Treasure Chest is open every Thursday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., and both departments are run by volunteers.

Margaret Kocian, a retired administrative assistant with the Aldine Independent School District who oversees the furniture department, says volunteers are the heartbeat of the enterprise.

“Everything that comes in is donated,” she says. “It takes a lot of work to price each item, display it, run the store, and schedule delivery of the larger furniture pieces. We have a great group of dedicated residents who make it happen.”

Doing good, helping others

Profits from the Treasure Chest are poured back into the community. 

“The money we make from the Treasure Chest is split between three funds,” says John. “We donate to the Student Scholarship Fund, which provides financial aid to the students who work in our restaurants. We also give to the Resident Care Fund and the Staff Appreciation Fund.”

In 2013, the Treasure Chest committee donated $36,000 to the three funds.

“It’s a great idea, selling items we don’t need anymore and using the money to help others,” says Marianne. “I’m glad to be a part of it.”


More shopping at Eagle’s Trace

The 7th Annual Mistletoe Market

November 6, 2014

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Audubon Clubhouse at Eagle’s Trace

14703 Eagle Vista Drive, Houston, TX 

Free admission, free parking, door prizes

The Mistletoe Market at Eagle’s Trace features local merchants selling gift items, holiday decorations, jewelry, needlecraft, one-of-a-kind accessories, food items, and more.