Best Antiques Mall 2016 | Brass Armadillo Antique Mall | Goods & Services | Phoenix

You've definitely seen this place when driving on Interstate 17: the sprawling white building with the cute and incredibly large cartoon armadillo meeting eyes with you from the back of Brass Armadillo Antique Mall. The expansive operation is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and features more than 600 antique dealers selling everything from military memorabilia to books, home decor, and historic crystal, china, and pottery collections. Shoppers can take home anything from comic books to bikes to those vintage, Flintstones-adorned Welch's jelly jars. Brass Armadillo also offers a snack bar and free lessons to dealers and the public on how to post antique items through iAntique, Craigslist, and eBay. There are other Brass Armadillo locations in the West Valley and Des Moines, Iowa, Omaha, Nebraska, Kansas City, Missouri, and Denver, Colorado, in case you need your antique fix outside of central Phoenix – but this one is our favorite.

We have this thing with display windows — and particularly, the Valley's lack of them. There's something special about a stylishly posed swing dress catching your eye, and the ladies at Antique Sugar know this all too well. Not that we need convincing to step inside the shop. Sugar has been a favorite spot for both men's and women's vintage clothing for years now. The boutique's in a league of its own downtown, with candy-colored party dresses, hefty turquoise-and-silver belt buckles, and the tacky-meets-sparkly overkill of costume jewelry. But still, we really like those windows.

Follow uptown boutique Poor Little Rich Girl on Instagram at your own risk. Well, your own risk of needing to make trips to the shop on the regular — not that we could possibly discourage that, given the resale inventory the store stocks. Think floral Toms with tags still attached, tiered Diane von Furstenburg summer dresses, and Joie blouses, all at just a fraction of what you'd pay buying them brand new. Not spotting the to-die-for Tory Burch wedges that have been haunting your dreams? You can create a profile that's on file at the shop to share everything on your fashionable wish list — including brands, sizes, and particular items.

We've got a confession to make. We're not all that green. We forget our reusable bags every single time we walk into Trader Joe's, and we may not be so great about separating recyclables at home. But there's one place where it's easy being green, as far as we're concerned: Love Child, a used kids' clothing store in Tempe. We love to reduce our carbon footprint by buying cute, previously worn shoes for our kids at this small shop where the selection is wide and ever-changing. The staff is super friendly and accommodating to our diva children, who take over the dressing room whenever we visit. And bonus: We love to trade our gently used kids' clothes in exchange for credit so we can buy more. It may not be easy being green, but at Love Child, you can outfit your kid without guilt — and save some of that other green, too.

If you haven't seen toddlers sporting Morrissey and Joy Division onesies, and little T-shirts reading "Cure Hair Don't Care," then you probably haven't seen the work of Tiffe Fermaint. She's a mom and owner of Baby Teith, a "line of cosmic, New Wave fashion for babies and kids ages newborn to 14 years old." One look at this clothing line, and you'll swear somebody's kid out there is dressed cooler than you are, donning New Wave and alternative band shirts, shimmering metallic leggings, and spacey prints like galaxy, moon, and rainbow dragons in the form of little dresses, skirts, shorts, and tops. Accessories include psychedelic headbands. Gift cards are available. In addition to boutiques in Texas, New York, California, and other states, Baby Teith can be found around town at spots like Frances, Cheeky Chic Baby Boutique, and Whole Foods Market locations around the Valley. 

Designer denim takes some getting used to — there ain't as much give as your standard jeans — but once you've properly broken in a pair, the look and feel's unbeatable. The folks at HUB have the best selection in town of raw and organic cotton jeans for both men and women, from hip brands like Naked and Famous, Won Hundred, Diesel, Acne Studios, and Nudie. The staff there knows what's what, too, and they'll clue you in on all the tricks (mostly, don't wash 'em) to keep your dungarees in fine shape, along with accessories and outerwear to pair them with. 

Perhaps you're familiar with the notion of skirting the issue. The stylish team at Bunky Boutique has more of a yen for, um, shirting it. Owned by Rachel and Jim Malloy, the small central Phoenix shop is our favorite place to pick up casual cotton tops. You know, T-shirts. With super-soft shirts from local labels including Overthrow Clothing and an in-house line that's equal parts Bunky love and Arizona pride, dressing locally and looking great has never been this easy (or, for that matter, comfortable). 

Looking to up your boot game without breaking the bank? Here's your spot. We once snagged a pair of studded brown beauties for under $100 and a perfect pair of basic black boots for less than we'd spend on date night. At Cowtown Boots in north Tempe, you can often score quality, brand-name boots at seriously discounted prices. We're talking all the best brands — Justin, Ariat, Tony Lama, and more — at prices that will make it difficult not to walk away with a half-dozen pairs. Located on the northeast corner of Scottsdale and Curry roads, the shop may not be the fanciest place to do your shopping, but if you're looking for that perfect boot to round out your collection, then it's worth digging through Cowtown's shelves in search of a gem.

Like it or not, the athleisure trend is only getting warmed up. And luckily for Valley dwellers looking to get in on the action, Scottsdale Waterfront shop High Point has been in on the kicks game for a while now. A veritable sneakerhead's paradise, the boutique shoe store stocks men's and women's footwear, ranging from old-school canvas lace-up Vans to retro low-top Jordans, perforated New Balance 696s, and Pumas so pretty they'll make you wanna cry. No sneaks are complete without some coordinating casual wear, which is why High Point also carries clothing, hats, and accessories from brands including Herschel, Acapulco Gold, and Stussy.

Sure, running can be a low-maintenance sport, but any real enthusiast knows a good pair of shoes makes all the difference, and for that, you'll want to jog on over to Runner's Den. Since 1978, this north Phoenix boutique has been the go-to place for runners, racers, and athletes of all types who know you can't do much without the right equipment. The shop's knowledgeable staff will happily help you find the perfect pair of shoes for any type of training, plus all the additional swag you need to get yourself from point A to point B. From training essentials like hydration belts and the newest Garmin watch to race-day needs like gels, sweat-wicking shirts, and the perfect socks, Runner's Den has what you knew you needed and some stuff you probably didn't. Plus, the shop's a hub for the local running community, offering group runs, training groups, injury clinics, and even discounts for coaches.

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