In this episode of The Coachella Valley Art Scene’s Coachella Guide we explore some of our personal favorite places to go thrifting at.

Now, mind you, please do know that this is NOT AN ADVERTISEMENT.  This is really just from us, for you, to enjoy and navigate around our hometown with.  We didn’t get paid to talk about any of these businesses, so please don’t interpret it that way.  We try to keep it real as possible on The Coachella Valley Art Scene.

These are really places that we go and spend our money at.  A majoriy, if not all, of these business are independtly owned.  If you get a moment to check them out, please do – you’ll be happy that you did!

Thrift Stores

The Coachella Valley is home to some of the best Thrift Stores in Southern California.  No, really, it is.  Take this from someone who has been digging through thrift stores and sporting her goods since the tender age of 12.  I’ve been shopping at the same places for years and know a good find when I see one.

Not sure really what it is that makes the desert’s thrift stores so amazing… maybe it’s the fact that older, wealthier people come here to retire from colder climates in the United States, which then means that they don’t put much wear and tear in their clothes and keep everything in great condition.  Or maybe it’s because the desert is a pretty retro place to begin with?  At least Palm Springs and Indio are.  Or maybe it’s just because the desert is a pretty clean environment in general and things don’t get too trashed.  Whatever the reason – who cares.  All I know is that I love the thrift stores out here and I think you will too.

Our Top 5 Picks

We chose these top 5 based on quality and price.  And, extra bonus points for organization and decent aromas.

#1 Pick: GYPSYLAND

Desert Hot Springs, CA

Hands down, best Thrift Store in the desert.  Not only is this place family owned, by a super cool family, but it also has the most character ever.  A typical shopping experience in Gypsyland consists of listening to Disney songs from the movies and Voice Over from the rides at the park, digging through records, oooooo-ing and awwwww-ing at amazing hand-picked vintage furniture, and drooling over cool nic-naks and cashing in on costume-like clothing.  Plus, you get to experience the lovely city of Desert Hot Springs (my hometown).  Great views, horrible wind storms, weird street people, amazing thrift stores.  It all balances out.

Located:

66169 Pierson Blvd

Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240

760.251.0588 (call before you go visit because their hours vary)

gypsylandthrift@gmail.com

Add them on Facebook for more info:

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001537549515

#2 Pick: REVIVALS

Palm Springs, CA

Cathedral City, CA

When I don’t feel like making the trek over to Gypsyland you can find me at Revivals.  In fact, Revivals seems to be where I randomly run into my friends and sometimes conduct business meetings (we chat over digging through the racks).  It’s sooo well organized.  It’s very reasonably prices.  But the best of all – is they have really good stuff!  It is a very rare and sad day when I leave the store empty handed.  This place is super dependable as I always find my gold there, always.

Located:

Palm Springs
Mon-Sat 9:30am – 6pm
Sun 9:30am – 4pm
611 South Palm Canyon Drive
(760) 318-649

&

Cathedral City II
Mon-Sat 9am – 6pm
Sun 10am – 5pm
68401 Highway 111
(760) 969-5747

(*there’s another one in Palm Desert, but the gold is in PS & CC)

Check out their website for more information:

http://www.RevivalsStores.com

#3 Pick:  OASIS THIRFT STORE

Indio, CA

When I’m on the East end of the Valley, I always make sure to make a little pit-stop at Oasis Thrift Store.  Another place with unlimited and unassuming amounts of treasures.  A little on the stinky and dingy side, however, this is another place that never fails me.  This is also another place where I have business meetings/brainstorm sessions.  I didn’t have a photo on hand, so I just screencaped what I found on the Internet.  Gotta love bootleggedness.  Oh, and make sure to wander around the neighborhood because there are about 3 other thrift stores of good quality in walking distance.

Located in:

45275 Oasis Street
Indio, CA 92201-4335
(760) 342-1625

Runner Ups:

Angel View Thrift Stores // Palm Springs + Palm Desert

I like these guys because they are a locally ran non-profit.  They also have some pretty good stuff from time to time.

Neu 2 U Thrift Store // Rancho Mirage

Brand new Thrift Store in town, supports my fellow Jews.

American Cancer Society Discovery Shop // Rancho Mirage

The clothes in there look virtually untouched.  Hit and miss.

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Thank you for reading our Coachella Guide: Thrift Stores.

We hope it helped.  Let us know if it did, send us some pictures of your finds: thecoachellavalleyartscene@gmail.com

And if you are a local who would like to recommend some of your favorite places, hit us up!

Sarah at thecoachellavalleyartscene@gmail.com

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