What began less than a year ago as a couple’s new hobby together quickly evolved into a full-fledged business: The Revolving Vault, the latest addition to Houston's antiques scene.
Family, friends and interested guests recently toasted the grand opening of the new store, where Tracie and Chad Martin are sharing their passion for everything “antique, curious & collectible."
The shop, located at 1847 W. Alabama St., is filled to the brim with the Martins’ ever-growing inventory, from furniture and fine art to sports and military memorabilia to a room overflowing with pop culture items.
“This all started when Chad and I decided to find a relaxing hobby,” Tracie recalls. “Just something fun for us to do on the weekends.”
The pursuit began with visits to Houston’s auction houses, where Tracie says she and Chad were immediately drawn into the excitement of seeking out - and buying - unusual and one-of-a-kind things.
“We couldn’t believe what people were selling,” Tracie says. “It is so much fun, getting a bidding number, watching the items go up for sale, the energy building.
“And there’s nothing more thrilling than getting a good deal on something great."
The pop culture room at The Revolving Vault