Houston’s 7 Best Independent Toy Stores

Are you looking for old toys in excellent condition? Maybe you’re looking for new, high-quality items fresh off the shelves. Whatever you are looking for this holiday season, rest assured that you can find it in Houston. Forget the hours spent searching the aisles of department stores. Instead, focus on the local ancient and independent boutiques, where you can find those unique items that larger companies may lack.

Rich in personality and character, our toy store scene is a must-have for anyone looking for the perfect gift. Learn about Houston’s small toy business landscape as you prepare to spoil your family and friends with our top local and independent toy stores.

Heights, Montrose and Memorial

With three locations in the Houston area, this local chain offers a variety of vintage toys. Misfit Toys specializes in toys from the 80s and 90s, even buying and reselling your old collection that you don’t know what to do with. From humble beginnings in the heights, Misfit Toys was founded by a couple who started out selling toys until they became a small independent business.


Super Happy Incredible Toys is a genre collectibles store, and it lives up to its name with vintage items, hard-to-find collectibles, and one-of-a-kind artworks from local artists. Super Happy’s stock of toys every day is quite diverse, ranging from masters of the universe at G.I. Joeincluding franchises like Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles– which makes this store perfect for the adult in your life who misses those old TV reruns. Super Happy also buys, sells, and trades, so be sure to bring your old favorites to trade next time you’re in the highlands!

East End and Pearland (Cole’s Antique Village & Flea Market)

Now in two locations (the latter just opened in Santiago), The Retro Exchange is best known for its wide array of toy options and brands, such as Funko, Hot Wheels, Power Rangers and more. With an owner who has been collecting older toys for over 30 years, this store is designed for the community of dedicated local collectors. The Retro Exchange is the only place you’ll discover unique toys without an eBay or Facebook Marketplace hunt. If you’re really into vintage toys, make an appointment to check out Retro’s Warehouse Lounge with a VIP membership!

rice village

Tucked away on Rice Boulevard, Fundamentally Toys is a staple of the Village/West U neighborhood. As an independent retailer, the store offers specialty and classic toys, games and more, with an emphasis on education as the focal point. . This place has online shopping options for those of us on a budget (a category of toys under $25 and $50) as well as premium products so you can spoil your loved ones with new gadgets and gadgets this holiday season.

Historical heights

Historic 19th Street is home to many interesting and eclectic stores of all kinds, but one of its hidden gems is Big Blue Whale, a toy and game store. With an online store offering sales by age group and toy category, this store offers the latest and most in-demand toys. If you’re not looking for a toy, Big Blue Whale also sells a variety of children’s books, games and puzzles, and outdoor play items.


Located in Meyerland Plaza, Tomfoolery is popular for its wide selection of products. What makes Tomfoolery different is that their store is “interactive and exploratory”, which means they have no “do not touch” policy – Tomfoolery encourages children to interact with the space around them , by touching and feeling the toys around the store. With events organized like story times, Tomfoolery is more than just a store; it is a place of community engagement and experience.

Old Town Spring

This toy store might be a bit of a drive in Old Town Spring, but trust us, it’s worth it. Why Not Toys is a whimsical and cozy shop, filled to the brim with special and distinctive toys that are sure to put a smile on everyone’s face. With high quality selections, this store is loved for the personal touch, hospitality and intimate shopping experience provided by the warm surroundings and employees.