Coachella Side Trip: Top 5 Thrift Stores in the Desert by Celeste Tabora
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Originally published April 2011
Once again it’s time to head to the desert for the Coachella music festival in Indio, CA. Sure, three days of music and parties sounds great, but just BEING in Palm Springs is great too. We love the desert heat, the mid-century modern architecture, drinking cocktails by the pool, and scoring awesome finds at the area’s infamous thrift stores. To help get you started, LA resident and Coachella pro Celeste Tabora put together this list of the Top 5 thrift stores near the Coachella site. Enjoy!
The first thing you should know is that the desert is quite spread out, if it looks close on a map, chances are it’s not. Plus it can get boiling hot, as deserts do… so the last thing you want to do is set out on foot, aka you need a car to get around.
1. Revivals - 611 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA http://revivalsstores.com/
Start out in Palm Springs at Revivals - you can’t go wrong here. They seem to sort out the good items for this store. They almost always have something good, even if it’s picked over. Plus this location has a regular thrift shop and a “Gallery” where there are some art gems. If this is the only shop you hit up, you’ll be just fine.
Best finds here: Western shirts, Hamilton ladies watch, various jewelry
2. Revivals - 73608 Highway 111, Palm Desert, CA http://revivalsstores.com/
This Revivals has more modern items to offer in the clothing department, but also tends to have great kitchy items and vintage furnishings that probably haven’t left their original owner until now.
Best finds here: Patrick Nagel print, Modernica side tables, Swatch phone, no-label geometric 80s lamp
3. Southwest Community Church Thrift Shop? - 73446 California 111, Palm Desert, CA - Website
While I normally stay away from religious related organizations, the last time I was here I scored a Marc Jacobs necklace/watch that I was eyeing in the “real” shops, two Dior & YSL ties, and a Dior scarf. They were all laid out in the cases, so not a lot of digging needed to be done either! This place gets an A+ for cleanliness and shopping ease, best for accessories and furnishings - not great for finding clothing.
Best finds here: Marc Jacobs necklace/watch, Dior evening bag
4. Angel View Thrift Mart - 73468 California 111, Palm Desert, CA - http://www.angelview.org/
Angel View has a few good locations, but this location was the only one I actually bought things. You have to dig a bit, and you might have to dust things off and it’s not very organized, but you can find some gems.
Best finds here: Bee Gees record, Xanadu LP, a handful of necklaces, Spanish lesson 7" records
5. Oasis Thrift Store - 45275 Oasis Street, Indio, CA http://www.oasisthrift.com/index.htm
This store will probably take the most patience. It’s large, and the lighting isn’t great - but what we’ve found here can’t be beat! Vintage Gucci polo and Gloria Vanderbilt high rise jeans with the tags still on it — Thank you!
Best finds here: Black Contempo Casuals leather jacket complete with shoulder pads
Martha’s Village Store - 45596 Fargo Street, Indio, CA
Southwest Thrift Store - 82970 Requa Avenue, Indio, CA
Skip it: Any Goodwill in the desert seems to be where shelters in the greater Los Angeles area send their “lost and found” items. Don’t bother.
Celeste Tabora is the owner and founder of CT&CO, a music and lifestyle marketing company based in Los Angeles. You can keep up with her over at www.celestetabora.com and on Twitter @celestronica.