Earlier this year, Phoenix New Times celebrated the cream of the crop with our 36th annual Best of Phoenix edition. Here are our top picks for resale shops in metro Phoenix.
Best Adult Clothing Resale: Buffalo Exchange
Whether it's "vintage," "used," or "resale," there are three qualities common to great secondhand clothing stores, all on display here. First is interesting stuff on the racks, thanks to buyers who aren't just going for labels and trends. You'll find a range of options, from club festive to period pieces to classics you could wear to court if you had to. Second: deals, like $35 for a pair of new J Brand jeans that retail for $150 and up. And third: conviviality (not to be confused with fake friendliness). Sure, the buyers will reject most of what you bring in to sell, but they won't be rude about it, and their pickiness is what keeps the selection strong. Bonus: good music to shop to.
See also: 8 Best Vintage Shops in Metro Phoenix
Best Kids Clothing Resale: Love Child
It seems we can barely get new clothes home before the kids have outgrown them. Luckily, we found Love Child. The staff is friendly, the prices are super-reasonable, and the selection is amazing and always changing. You can outfit kids for ski season, find just the right dress for the junior high dance, and walk out in a teeny-tiny pair of sparkling Toms. Bring your own piles for resale, and anything Love Child doesn't take, it will donate to charity so you don't have to haul the rejects in the back of your car waiting for a Goodwill to come along.
Best Shopping Co-Op: Double Nickels
Double Nickels Collective is a one-stop shop for things you had no idea you needed. And that makes the record store/vintage boutique/comic book shop/stereo equipment emporium one of our favorite places to swing by on a mellow weekend afternoon. Not just a destination for browse-happy shoppers, it's also home to one of the Valley's most beloved indie music institutions: Ghost of Eastside Records. Stinkweeds, Stereophonic High Fidelity, and some of the Valley's most avid record collectors also stock shelves at the collective, which is just a few doors down from Yucca Tap Room. Apart from audio selections, shoppers will find Ben Funke's funky throwback fashion under the Meat Market Vintage banner and book selections from Ash Avenue Comics.
Best Multimedia Resale: Zia Record Exchange
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Open less than a year, the spacious Zia on Mill Avenue and Southern -- one of four locations in the Phoenix area, including a new one in the East Valley -- is our favorite purveyor of new and used games, DVDs, books, magazines, toys, CDs, and vinyl. With thousands of square feet to roam, plus a fine selection of pop culture tchotchkes and bins full of cheap books, it's the place for one-stop holiday shopping. It's also a great place to while away the afternoon, flipping through albums you used to like, finding new music you didn't know you liked, and comparing notes on upcoming shows and releases with the friendly staff.
Best Used Bookstore: The Bookshop
Tucked into a sweet little strip mall at 16th Street and Bethany Home, this charming shop is our idea of old-school bookstore. Open seven days a week, The Bookshop is a great place for collectors of rare books and those of us just looking for our next good read. (We recently snagged one of each: an early hardcover printing of The Bell Jar and a signed copy of Anne Tyler's Noah's Compass -- both for under 20 bucks!) Affordable prices, monthly deals, and local author events are the order of the day here, and the management is quick to talk up whatever it's reading at the moment or suggest something that you might like better, based on your own current favorites. You'll want to come back often, not just because this is such a great place for book lovers, but because The Bookshop features work by a different local artist every month. We're in love!