Hidden gift shop offers vintage furniture, trinkets and more

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Lifestyle Reporter

 

Old California license plates, a car jack from the 1920s and various Family Guy DVD’s are just a few of the uncommon items that decorate the walls of Romero’s Junk In Da Trunk shop.

Junk In Da Trunk is a new resale shop tucked away between Vodka Street Bistro and Out of the Blue Salon.

Owner Anthony Romero said he thinks of Junk In Da Trunk as a unique gift store for people who may be difficult to shop for.

“It’s not a thrift store because there is not much clothing and no VHS tapes,” Romero said. “If you got someone that’s hard to shop for, you might find something here.”

The shop is filled with new and old items in various categories such as music, photography, collectables and games.

Vintage cameras, new and old cigarette lighters, DVD’s, giant stuffed animals and glass figures are just some of the treasures available.

Romero said the old video games, a starter drum kit, a Mrs. Potato Head from the 60s and various university apparel and accessories are some of the items that stand out.

Angel Balderas, hairstylist at Out of the Blue, said she stopped by the shop when it first opened and enjoyed the unique gifts it had to offer.

“When I first went it was the first day, and I bought a cool bobble-head clown,” Balderas said. “It’s a creepy little guy. I just though it was cool.”

Romero said prices range anywhere from $2 for CD’s to $300 for some of the bigger pieces like colorful stools or a neon sign with Japanese lettering.

Everything in the shop is for sale, but Romero said some of his favorite pieces are priced higher because he gets attached to them.

Hayley Welliver, hairstylist at Out of the Blue salon, said the shop has interesting items that remind her of pieces found at flea markets.

“I like it because they have lots of random stuff,” Welliver said. “It’s kind of like treasure hunting.”

Romero said most of the items are one-of-a-kind pieces found at garage sales and flea markets he believes deserve a second chance.

“The items are unique and interesting or sometimes just fun, and I want to give it a second life,” Romero said. “Most is stuff people don’t like anymore.”

Romero said he got his start selling items at Bussey’s Flea Market in Schertz. More recently he worked at the Kyle Flea Market.

He is happy with the location of his business in the center of the city and near campus.

Business has been slow, but Romero hopes being nestled near Paper Bear, an established gift shop located a few doors down, will attract customers.

“The building really drew me in, and I think it is good exposure,” Romero said. “I’m a business behind a business, but it’s coming along slowly. The word is getting out there.”

Romero said he hopes sales will pick up in the future and has plans to offer more university apparel such as shirts, hats and koozies.