Best Thrift Store Antique Department: Westside Christian Charity
We secretly hate those glass cases in thrift stores, where the "good stuff" has been locked away because someone in a backroom has decided that a headless Shirley Temple doll with a torn dress is valuable and should cost $40. And there's never anyone around with a key to show us the thing we want, anyway. But at Indian School Thrift, we love the glass cases -- because they're just one part of a whole department of neatly arranged, actually vintage things for sale. Read the full Best of Phoenix 2012 story.
Best Thrift Store Nobody Knows About: Eve's Treasures
It's the glassware that we love the best. No, wait. It's the stunning selection of hardcover books for sale here. Or is it the whole roomful of vintage record albums that keep drawing us back, over and over again, to this cute little best-kept-secret of a thrift shop? Read the full Best of Phoenix 2012 story.
Best MidCentury Modern Furniture: Modern Manor
If you spend considerable time on Craigslist employing search terms like "teak," "Danish," and "Eames," pause your rapidly moving fingers. Now, instead of compulsively hitting refresh on that shady search page again, redirect your eyes to Ryan and Kylie Durkin's website for a look at their mod treasures. Read the full Best of Phoenix 2012 story.
Best Thrift Store for Cheap Gifts: Assistance League Thrift
We admit it: There's a box in our closet where we keep inexpensive gifts we've scored at Assistance League Thrift, one of the best thrift shops in town for still-in-the-box re-giftables. Recently, we've found a cute box of vintage stationery for a dollar; a still-wrapped-in-plastic potpourri candle; and a neat spice rack (also still in its original box) shaped like a giraffe that we know will make the perfect last-minute hostess gift. Read the full Best of Phoenix 2012 story.
Best Thrift Store for Plaster Deities: Salvation Army
Last time we were here, we got a Virgin of Guadalupe with a chipped ear and an Infant of Prague whose index fingers were gone. The time before that, we got a plaster Jesus with real vinyl hair. Read the full Best of Phoenix 2012 story.