In early 2012, we began inviting creative types around town to write a manifesto -- a personal list of 10 hard-and-fast rules of life or pieces of advice. Each manifesto was paired with a local designer who illustrated one lesson/rule in poster form.
We loved the Manifesto series so much that we decided to invite some of our favorite New Times writers to contribute their lists of rules for making your way through the food, art, shopping, and music scenes in Phoenix for this year's Resolution Guide.
Robrt Pela's Phoenix Shopping Manifesto (illustrated above by Phoenix designer Joshua Rhodes, aka Subtle Takeover) is in this week's print edition of New Times, along with words of wisdom and designs by a collection of Phoenicians. See Pela's advice after the jump and details on Jackalope Ranch's Manifesto exhibition, on view this Friday in downtown Phoenix.
• "On sale" is sometimes code for "crap no one wanted to pay full price for." Run.
• On the other hand, more expensive does not mean better.
• Our city is full of thrift shops. But life is too short to shop in sad places that smell like pee.
• Don't shop for groceries when you're feeling hungry. And don't shop for clothes when you're feeling old and ugly.
• Ask for a discount at jewelry stores and antiques shops, but not at department stores or the car wash.
• It's not your size. Put it back.
• It's Phoenix. Keeping secret a store you've discovered and love may mean its demise. Tell your friends about it, and help your favorite shop stay open.
• If you are slow and patient, there is nirvana to be had on Seventh Avenue between Camelback and Indian School.
• Clerks who give you attitude should be reminded that they're the help. Loudly.
• Sometimes quantity is more important than quality. That's why we have dollar stores.
Stop by Downtown's Drive-Thru Gallery to see the original collection of Manifestos published on Jackalope Ranch. Authors include Deborah Sussman, Tom Leveen, Kim Porter, Jill Anderson, Jo Novelli, Clint Bolick, Vermon Pierre, and James Garcia whose life lessons have been illustrated by Anton Anger, Jon Ashcroft, Peter Storch, John Walters, Safwat Saleem, Nina Miller, Nicole Stumphauzer, and Casebeer Jones.
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The exhibition will be open on January 18 (Third Friday) from 6 to 9 p.m. at Drive-Thru Gallery, 918 North Sixth Street on Roosevelt Row. We'll have drinks and snacks (even a s'more stand) and share live music with neighboring gallery 1Spot for its grand opening with art by Damian Jim.
Stay tuned to Jackalope Ranch for more info.