Updated: Oct 13, 2019
Shoppers at Hendley Market on Galveston's historic Strand often are entralled by the sheer novelty of what they find at this emporium and even above it - sometimes a three-legged kitty crawls out onto the skylight of the 1855 building and catnaps on the glass high above customers' heads. Inventory here is as eclectic as the planet, a mesmerizing mesh of fine and fun, antiques, ethnic, kitsch and just plain strange. There are antique beaded bags, Victorian jewelry and medical instruments such as a circa 1790's thumb lancet and a midwife's umbilical-cord clamp shaped like a stork. There what manager Cheryl Jenkines calls "oddments"- tiny lotus slippers that once adorned Chinese women's bound feet, as well as leech jars and glass eyes. Kids can pore over baskets of novelties, toys, and assorted critters- most under $1- from around the world while Mom checks out fragrant sliced soap, vintage textiles, ornaments and nativities. Santon figures from Provence, sari scarves from India, retablos from Mexico 'You never know what you are going to find here,' says the amiable Jenkines , still enthusiastic after nine years of running the show. At 2010 Strand in Galveston, Hendley Market - where a sign declares bare feet and dogs welcome - is open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday - Saturday and noon - 5:30 Sunday. Call 800-349-8375 or visit www.hendleymarket.com." -Renee Kientz
"Load your bags with eclectic treasures at Hendley Market. This huge curiosity shop offers fish-themed Christmas ornaments, old books and buttons, silver, Victorian calling cards, Mexican jewelry and antique linens." -Dana Adkins Campbell
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"Once called 'Wall Street of the Southwest,' This avenue with tall, ornate Victorian buildings of brick and cast iron lies one street away from the Galveston waterfront. Today, The Strand is a bull market of leisure, an avenue of dining, shops, and entertainment, moving at the pace of a trolley and the clip-clop of carriages. The Strand National Historic Landmark District stretches in the sun for about five blocks - between 20th and 25th Streets and Harborside Drive and Ship's Mechanic Row. Start at the visitors center at 2016 Strand, arm yourself with a map, and take stock of the street. Stop in at Hendley Market, one of the first businesses to bring new life to these long - deserted building in the 1970's."
"Hendley Market, one of the earliest businesses to open on The Strand when the area's rebirth began in the early 1970's. The Strand Visitors Center, run by the Galveston Historical Foundation is next door."- Ann Gallaway
"The most intriguing store in Texas? Try Galveston's Hendley Market."