Vintage Shop ‘Til You Drop
Everything old is YOU again
By Kevin Perry
Marilyn flirted here. Sinatra charmed our socks off. Judy Garland found us over the rainbow.
Palm Springs is a time capsule of style, sophistication, and vintage iconography. To live like the legends, you need to shop like them, and our hometown delivers rare and wondrous finds to immerse you in that midcentury mindset. From furniture to clothing, estate jewelry, and more — if you're looking for a paradise of a pedigree, you’ll find it on this trip back in timelessness...
First stop: disco realness. The Frippery boogies on back to a simpler era while ratcheting up the wow factor. Marvel at their mod threads, rock out with some bohemian wraps, and step up your wild side. But don’t worry, you fierce fashionistas! The curators also source high-end designer clothing from the likes of Dior, Valentino, Givenchy, Vuitton, and Chanel.
Location: 664 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs
Half catwalk, half treasure trove, all transcendent. Iconic Atomic is the capital of OMG and what the heck is that? Ensconce yourself in their finely selected fashions before sashaying over to the collectibles area of this one-of-a-kind mind warp. The co-owner prides herself on breathing new life into classic chic and dubs her business partner “The golden goddess of stuff.”
Location: 1103 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs
Palm Springs Vintage Market
Setting up court in the regal outskirts of the Camelot Theatres, this market is held the first Sunday of the month. Dozens of merchants lay out vintage dishware, collectibles, kitchenware, clothes and pre-loved furniture as curious shoppers weave their way along the aisles. It’s the perfect accessory to your mid-morning mimosa! First Sunday of the month, 8 am – 2 pm.
Location: 2388 E Racquet Club Rd, Palm Springs
Style is in the bag at Mitchells. With totes and purses galore, it’s the perfect pocket of designer decadence to peruse with your gal pals. But fear not, men; we didn’t forget about you (ever – rawr!) because this shop caters to your dapper needs with blazers, resort wear, and all the bells and whistles you need to add some ring-a-ding-ding to your Rat Pack persona.
Location: 106 S Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs
Nearby, M Designer Vintage and More is a hotbed for vintage designer scarves, and clothing – particularly denim and leather. Plus handbags, sunglasses and accessories.
The thrill of the hunt delivers vintage and contemporary goodies at Revivals, a local-favorite thrift shop benefiting the Desert AIDS Project. I’ve scored a Judith Leiber coin purse, and a mid-century ceramic black panther TV light here. Be sure to peruse the really cool costume jewelry. Shoes, clothes, home furnishings, vintage ceramics, dinnerware, lighting, pictures. You name it, it’s here.
Sunny Dunes Antique Mall
A “6,000 square feet of retail happiness,” manager Allie Evans explained. More than 40 independently owned shops overflow with goodies from mid-century to contemporary. If you’re into comic books, this is ground-zero, with the largest selection of vintage comic books in the Coachella Valley. Also vintage records, home décor, costume jewelry and collectables. I bought a fabulous mid-century cardboard cutout of Disney’s Bambi and Thumper characters, and a large Steiff toy poodle.
Location: 507 E Sunny Dunes Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Specializes in a unique mix of Native American and other cultures’ artifacts, and ‘60s celebrity 8X10 glossies. Owner Michael McGarry told me, “I have everything from Tong Dynasty to Lucille Ball.” He’s curated for museums and features museum quality Native American art – including vintage baskets from famous Indian trading posts. Thanks to his connection with a mid-century photographer-to-the-stars, he’s got a great collection of celebrity black-and-whites. I scored a Jimi Hendrix 8X10.
Location: 401 Industrial Pl, Palm Springs, CA 92262
One of the first shops to open in the Sunny Dunes district, not only sells vintage items, it’s housed in a mid-century complex by noted mid-century architect Howard Lapham. Collectible eye candy ranges from a carnival popcorn maker to a ‘50s Norelco lady’s shaver, along with home décor and furniture. All surrounded by brightly colored contemporary paintings by owner Julio De La Concha.
Location: 577 E Sunny Dunes, Ste 1 Palm Springs, CA 92264
Features a curated collection from old gas pumps and macramé to a ship’s wheel, Magnavox stereo console and ‘60s clown paintings – remember them? Plus, an ever changing inventory of vintage furniture, clothing, sculpture and glassware.
Location: 505 Industrial Pl, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Is a not-so-little store filled with vintage clothing, Weiss and rhinestone jewelry, and antique and collectable furniture and décor. I loved the 1930s milk glass, cut crystal vases and figurines.
Location: 616 E Sunny Dunes Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92264