Best Monthly Vintage Sale: Sweet Salvage
Every month, we strive to make a little more room in our apartment in hopes of squeezing in a new vintage find from Sweet Salvage. The décor shop opens its doors every third Thursday through Sunday with a new theme (the second-ever, held around Halloween, was "mad scientist") and fresh merchandise. Read the full Best of Phoenix 2012 story. Best Vintage Christmas Stuff: Zinnias on Melrose
We didn't used to own a set of Santa Claus salt-and-pepper shakers or a Frosty the Snowman slushy maker, but we do now, thanks to Zinnias at Melrose, our favorite spot in town for vintage holiday gewgaws and all things Christmas. Read the full Best of Phoenix 2012 story.
Best Antique Shop for Vintage Carnival Chalkware: Antique Centre
Lots of people go to Scottsdale for its better restaurants and uptown department store shopping, but we go there for plaster Kewpie dolls. Antique Centre is the best place to find vintage carnival chalkware, those oddly painted statues that were given away as prizes at carnival dime-tosses in the '30s and '40s. Read the full Best of Phoenix 2012 story here.
Best Thrift Store for Collectible Books: Goodwill
When we decided we wanted an old set of encyclopedias, we thought it would be a piece of cake to find one -- because any thrift store must have at least one set, right? Wrong. We visited a half-dozen of them before we headed to this west-side Goodwill, where we snagged a 33-volume set in mint condition for $20. Read the full Best of Phoenix 2012 story here.
Best Thrift Store for Vintage Furniture: White Dove Thrift
Outside of a plain old antiques store, this is the place where the best local collection of slightly tarnished vintage furniture resides. Every stick of Stickley is waiting for you to discover it and bring it home; and next time you drive past this Seventh Avenue destination and see a moving van out front, pull in! Read the full Best of Phoenix 2012 Story.