Sometimes…. when I’m bored…. feeling a little curious… needing something to do… have some cash… and I feel like shopping… I make my way down to my favorite Thrift Shops and/or pop up at the nearest Yard Sale with the funkiest street signage.

In my opinion, Thrift Stores and Yard Sales are one of the most interesting and intimate way to get to know a community and the people who live in it.  For instance, a Yard Sale invites you right into the property of your neighbor and a Thrift Store sells anything from books to used socks and underwear! Both are pretty personal if you ask me.

And, let’s face it… the Coachella Valley is home to the best thrift stores.  Everything is always in top-notch condition and usually pretty swagged out!

So, this weekend, when it’s blazing hot out and your pockets are running a little dry… have no fear.  We have provided a nice list of Garage Sales and Thrift Stores to hydrate your interest with tons of randomness, history, junk, undergarments (just kidding), and deals for days.

*Take  a picture of your finds and email them to me and I’ll post them next week!  =)

GARAGE SALES:

We found a bunch of cool garage/rummage sales in the desert this weekend and thought we’d share them with you.

2/3 of the highlighted garage sales are donating a part of their proceeds to a local charity.  So, being able to shop at a discounted price, find something funky, and ALSO be able to support local community organizations…. that’s a sweet gig.

Here are our top 3 Garage Sale picks of the weekend:

Everything you need for a swanky, swinging mid-century life. Multiple collectors and dealers with furniture, clothing, accessories, and memorabilia. Portion of proceeds benefit Palm Springs Preservation Foundation.

There are a few spaces left for sellers of mid-century goodies. Contact Marc Joseph.

777 North Palm Canyon
Palm Springs, CA
Saturday, July 16 · 8:00am – 3:00pm

Palm Springs Black History Committee Rummage Sale

The Palm Springs Black History Committee will be holding a Rummage Sale on July 16, 2011, located in the Albertson’s parking lot on Sunrise Way in Palm Springs, CA 92262. There will be a wide variety of items that will be sold so be sure to get there early. If you would like to donate items to the Rummage Sale you can bring you items to the James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center. For more information please call (760)416-5716.

Albertson’s Parking Lot

1751 N. Sunrise Way
Palm Springs, CA
Saturday, July 16 · 7:00am – 2:00pm

Pappy & Harriet’s Garage Sale

 

 

 

 

THRIFT STORES:

 

Another way to support local non-profit organizations and also pick up something funky fresh in the process is to visit some local thrift stores.  Below is my Top List of Thrift Stores in the Low Desert.  These Thrift Store recommendations are taken from our Coachella Guide feature back in April for Coachella Fest…

here is the direct link to the article:

http://www.thecoachellavalleyartscene.com/2011/03/10/coachella-guide-thrift-store/

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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