Lula B's Antique Mall

This gigantic thrift-store-slash-antique-mall is excellent for perusing wares of all kinds, but the furniture selection is unparalleled. The styles of furniture range from traditional to contemporary, but you'll have the best luck if your style is more mid-century. There are dozens of couches, tables, chairs and knickknacks that will make your space feel exactly like the set of Mad Men. Each booth is run by an individual vendor, which occasionally means that you can do a little haggling.

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Curiosities

Curiosities

There could be no name more apt for this Lakewood shop than Curiosities. Those among us who find design inspiration in the quirky and utterly weird will certainly come across something to love in this well-curated collection. As you shop, you'll find buckets of random goodies like old coins, political campaign buttons and a seriously good selection of vintage jewelry. Stay alert, though — the occasional stuffed animal may scare the bejeezus out of you while you're sifting through one of the stacks of old postcards.

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B4

Geeks who grew up in the '70s or '80s will be in nostalgia heaven as soon as they walk through the doors to B4. The front of the store looks like a Toys "R" Us that has been time-warped back to 1986. Among the Star Wars figurines, metal Ninja Turtle lunchboxes and random old toys (Stretch Armstrong, anyone?), the back of the store is sort of like a music museum, full of reasonably priced vinyl and weird old music memorabilia. The selection is impressively large, and you'll also be able to find the next up-and-coming trend in vintage analog music: cassette tapes.

This is the kind of thrift shop where serious thrifters do their shopping. The clothing racks, surprisingly filled with lots of brand new, brand-name items, are perfect for building wardrobe basics on a budget. Genesis Benefit Thrift store also has a deceptively good collection of books, and a nice selection of charming decorations for that dose of kitschy character your apartment desperately needs. Best of all, the few bucks you will be plunking down go to benefit victims of domestic violence. Win-win.

Pandemonium

Pandemonium! may very well be the only place you'll ever need to buy an outfit for that tacky Halloween or "throwback Thursday" party your friends are planning. Located on Lower Greenville, the best (and worst) fashions of the '60s, '70s and '80s are crammed into every nook and cranny of this tiny little shop, meaning that it's easy to find the bell-bottoms or paisley shirt to complete your look. Occasionally you can also find a hidden gem that looks perfect with all those clothes you buy at Urban Outfitters and ModCloth. Sure, it's a little too kitschy sometimes, but couldn't we all use a little more twee in our lives?

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Thrift World

The duds here aren't always high-end, but the clothing racks at Thrift World sometimes yield delicious designer finds. If brand names don't concern you, though, you could easily assemble your entire yuppie-bohemian wardrobe here from the rows of early-'90s flashback fashion that seems to be so popular with that crowd. A true thrift store, Thrift World is extremely reasonably priced, and it isn't uncommon to find an item that never saw a bit of wear before landing on their shelves. You may have to do some digging here, but it will certainly be worth it.

We Are 1976

No, this isn't a vintage store, regardless of what the name might imply. Rather, this Henderson Avenue gift shop (which has a second location in the Bishop Arts District) is stocked full of books, prints, apparel, art and even snacks. It's the perfect spot to grab a unique, handmade card or piece of jewelry. Want to give something a bit more personal? We Are 1976 offers workshops in which you can learn how to knit, make a terrarium and even carve your own stamps.

If an acid trip could be recreated as a retail shop, it would be Voodoo Chile. It's technically billed as a "vintage store," but this place functions much more like an art gallery for its eccentric owner who claims that his name is actually Jimi Hendrix. Weird is an understatement for many of the items on these crammed shelves, like doll heads spinning on turntables, bizarre specimens in bell jars and old horror memorabilia. There's also a surprisingly solid collection of well-loved vinyl that you can buy on the cheap and a dizzying array of bedazzled "tobacco pipes." Wink wink.

Good Records

A record store isn't just a place to go pick out the record you're looking for, pay for it and leave. It's a gathering place where you'll run into old friends and meet new ones, where you can hang out for hours just thumbing through the racks and listening to music, discovering new favorites based on the recommendations of knowledgeable clerks and your fellow music nerd customers. That sense of community is why they are so vital, and fostering that community is something Good Records excels at. Bringing out some of the area's greatest musicians for performances on Record Store Day every year is just one part of it. The store has regular in-store performances with locals and touring acts, and they're always free and often offer free beer and food to boot. As for the actual record-store part of being a record store? They've got a pretty damn good selection, too. You'll most likely find the album you're looking for, and because it's just so hard to leave, walk out with a couple others, too.

The difference between a good record store and a great record store is selection. There's a delicious high in finding a gem after sifting through a sea of records. But what if every record was a gem? That's the case at Dead Wax Records. If the stock is any indication, store owner Brad Sigler has the best music tastes in Dallas, bar none. And it's not even close. Whether it be jazz, post-punk, avant-garde or pop, there's absolutely no filler in Sigler's stacks, just brilliant find after brilliant find, each better and more unexpected than the last. As a result, Dead Wax feels less like a record shop and more like the private inventory of a choice collector, only here Sigler is more than happy to share the wealth. Because you see, Dead Wax isn't just about selling records, it's about cultivating a culture, and perpetuating a dialogue on the joy of music.

The Carrollton location may have come first, but now that owner Nick Ley spends the lion's share of his inking time at the Oak Cliff location, the Bishop Arts studio is the one that comes to mind when thinking of Saints and Sinners. And even if it is the newer of the two locations, you'd swear it's been there since Sailor Jerry was in business — the place feels as comfortable in the old storefront as the vintage clothing and yuppie art stores in the district. Ley's work is outstanding, as those willing to wait months for his work will attest, whether it's an elaborate, brightly colored chest piece, a tiny stippled black-and-white memento or a cover-up job. If you can't wait that long, check with any of the other artists there, who are friendly and helpful the moment you walk in — a relief from the eager salesmanship or prickly indifference you can get when browsing through flash books and photos of previous clients at other shops.

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