Thrifting has become a way of life for some people in search of affordable clothes, retro decor, vintage collectibles, and other rare or unique finds throughout these stores.
Known for being a hotspot in the University Heights neighborhood, Apache Boulevard has a lineup of thrift and antique stores to check out going along the stretch of road into Main Street and later turning down Dobson Road.
Hidden in shopping centers and apartment-turned-storefronts, some of them may be harder to spot than others, so here are the highlights to guide you along the retro road.
Gracie’s Thrift Store
1520 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Starting off inside the Grace Community Church is Gracie’s Thrift Store, part of the church’s goal of community outreach. Gracie’s is a small thrift store that is always accepting lightly used donations to resell at affordable prices. The shop has rows of household items, clothes, and crafts to browse through. While the front of the store consists of rows of clothes for sizes ranging from kids to adults, the rest of the store is broken off into other sectioned areas.
Near the back, there’s a hall full of wooden hutches, comfy reclining chairs, glass tables, and other pieces of furniture. An attached wall along the back is stocked with craft supplies that lead into the electronics and dishware sections. Gracie’s Thrift Store has affordable household appliances like a Cuisinart toaster oven for $25, an HP OfficeJet printer for $33, or a Sony Blu-Ray DVD player for as little as $9. Besides kitchenware and appliances, Gracie’s has so much to offer in terms of clothing, small gifts, toys, books, art supplies, accessories, and other well-priced goodies to try to find throughout the store.
1876 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Located beside the popular Suns Barbershop is the Tempe Throwback thrift shop. Tempe Throwbacks specializes in vintage sports jerseys, merchandise, accessories, and collectible shoes. Walking into the store, the vibrant colors from jerseys and shoes are a welcome sight. Guests are greeted by a rare find hanging on the back wall, a knitted rug from the 1996 Super Bowl game played at the ASU Sun Devil Stadium.
Tempe Throwbacks has decades’ worth of sports memorabilia dating back from the ‘80s to today. At the front of the store, guests can find merch from more local teams like the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Phoenix Suns, the Arizona Coyotes, and even a few authentic jerseys from local schools like the ASU Sun Devils, UofA Wildcats and the NAU Lumberjacks. At Tempe Throwbacks, thrifters can browse authentic vintage items like a Phoenix Coyotes sweatshirt for $45, a Seattle SuperSonics athletic snapback for $60, and even a pristine Arizona Cardinals Champion jersey from the ‘90s for $110. And if you’re looking for even more collectible items, Tempe Throwbacks also has a collection of retro shoes.
2016 E. Wildermuth Ave. #1084, Tempe
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. | Friday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tucked away inside Culdesac Tempe is the out-of-the-ordinary thrift shop Sew Used. An apartment turned storefront, Sew Used is a quaint spot for sifting through a smaller collection of affordable recycled clothes. Across from the kitchen area are racks of leather jackets, cable knit cardigans, and sheer pullovers beside hung pairs of jeans, maxi skirts, and trendy sweat shorts.
Sew Used resells designer brands for cheaper prices, like a pink and purple corset top from Savage x Fenty for only $18.50, a J.ING blue sweater for $17.50, or a cute layered mini dress from J.Gee for only $14.99. Guests are able to try on what they like in the changing rooms, and they’re encouraged to check out the bin at the center of the store with accessories like bucket hats, beanies, and snapbacks. With a more modern selection of accessories and clothing items, Sew Used is the perfect place to check out cute niche finds for a fraction of the price you’d normally pay for them.
Call It New/Call It Antique
2049 W. Broadway Road, Mesa
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
One of the most popular antique shops in Mesa, Call It New/Call It Antique is well worth a visit. Always accepting donations, Call It New/Call It Antique is a jungle of antiquities, vintage rarities, and other miscellaneous knick-knacks. Stepping into the warehouse of used goodies is like stepping into a maze. Each room is a new jumble of items to sift and sort through.
Along the halls of displayed sections are glass shelves of delicate items like old cameras, gold frames, novelty pins, rare jewelry, and antique ceramics. Every corner provides a new surprise, and whether it’s a sculpted metal decorative horse or the occasional ceremonial drum found on the floor, caution is advised moving through Call It New/Call It Antique. Featured sections of the store include the many high shelves of clothing and shoes, a hall dedicated to a vast variety of Funko Pops, a wall of neon signs, a floor-to-ceiling wall of ceramics and glassware, and enough old school games and toys to send you into nostalgic shock.
Name Brand Exchange
1116 S. Dobson Road # 101, Mesa
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. | Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Taking a turn down Dobson is the final stop on our Thrift Crawl. Inside the Dobson Square shopping center, Name Brand Exchange thrift store is a buy, sell, and trade exchange shop for resale clothes of popular name brands. Featured items include the floor-to-ceiling shelves of shoes from designers like Christian Dior, Gucci, Nike, Reebok, Air Jordans, Skechers, and more.
Name Brand Exchange is a great stop to sell and trade, as well as browse and shop. For every $10 of used clothing you’re willing to sell, Name Brand Exchange will either buy it for $3.50 or trade it for $5 of in-store merchandise. The merchandise also includes affordably priced designer brands like Bae Boutique blouses for $5, AC/DC concert shirts for $19, Tommy Hilfiger shirts for $5, and a vintage Playboy shirt for $12. There’s plenty to check out for thrifting or trading at Name Brand Exchange.
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