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The line between "thrift" and "vintage" stores has become impossibly blurred, but Thrift World is the best kind of old-school thrift shop. It's not a tiny, quaint shop, more like the Wal-Mart of used clothing and home decor, but you'll always walk out of there with some bizarre or unique find that costs less than $6. You'll probably never wear that mustard-and-fuchsia oversized Yves Saint Laurent sweater from the 1980s, but it's Yves Saint Laurent and you need it! You'll want to block out a few hours to really peruse the racks and check out the sales, but once you've memorized the sort-of-complicated tagging system, it's smooth sailing and plenty of good deals on funky, once-expensive stuff.

Plus-size boutiques aren't exactly easy to find in Dallas, so it's fortunate that the Marlie Madison Boutique stocks plenty of styles that won't make women over size 12 look like their grandmothers. Marlie Madison has physical locations in Roanoke and Plano, but you can also shop online when you're a little drunk and feeling reckless with the credit card. Comfy-yet-chic maxi dresses are Marlie Madison's signature offering, but you'll also find plenty of casual, dressy and trendy clothes to round out your wardrobe. Plus, you're helping support a small local business, and that's something everyone can get behind.

This recent addition to Carrollton is already our favorite place to shop when we've got about $20 kicking around in the old pockets. Here, you'll find everything from housewares to school supplies to cosmetics, most of which are priced below $5. Not everything is going to be your favorite, and there are plenty of oddities that don't make a whole lot of sense, but as soon as you find those $1.50 tea cups or encounter the mountain of cheap nail polish that greets you at the door, you'll quickly fall in love. Undoubtedly, you'll waste a few bucks on cheap, plastic crap that doesn't exactly get the job done, but most of the time, the finds at Daiso are almost shockingly solid.

If you grew up on a farm, had to visit a farm every summer because that's where the grandfolks lived, had to learn at any point in your life how hard real farm work is, then your first thought when you heard about the urban backyard chicken fad was that the city folk would never stick with it. "Those slickers," you may have thought, "will ditch those chickens the first time they want to fly the coop and go off surf sailing in the Virgin Islands." Well, no. If they're responsible poultry-raising urbanites, they'll hire Urban Chicken to send out a highly trained chicken tender who will feed, water, clean up and collect the eggs. About the only thing Urban Chicken's sitters can't do is teach those feathered friends to play tic-tac-toe. Not yet.

If you're a jeans-and-flip-flops kind of guy, Traffic LA probably isn't your thing. But if you spend too much time reading GQ and enjoy haute couture pour homme, Traffic LA is the city's most fashion-forward men's boutique. Sometimes, the offerings look a little outlandish for our conservative city, which makes them even easier to love. The duds you pick up here are certainly going to cost you, but you'll have a unique piece that no one else can either afford or muster up the courage to wear. It takes a sort of confident, sophisticated man to appreciate the clothes at Traffic LA, but that's totally you. Let your impressively stylish, well-heeled freak flag fly.

At first glance, the dusty piles of tables and chairs at Ross at Peak Thrift Store just look like junk. But if you manage to dig past this tiny shop's crowded exterior, you'll quickly find some diamonds buried inside. This is the perfect spot to pick up the cheap furniture you'll need for all those Pinterest refinishing and repurposing projects, along with 15 other things that you didn't realize you totally need. You're going to have to explain to your roommates or significant other why you bought three samurai swords, but no matter — buy the damn samurai swords.

When you screw up — forget your wife's aunt's birthday or accidentally walk in on your boss having an affair, say — you generally have to do something to make up for it. The good people at DIRT can help you figure out the perfect gorgeous, living centerpiece to remedy whatever situation currently has you looking like an asshole. You may still have to spend a little time groveling for forgiveness, but once your pissed off aunt-in-law lays eyes on the trendy, modern floral arrangement you "picked out," things are much more likely to work out in your favor.

A tattoo is a permanent decision, and finding the right tattoo artist is sort of like finding a mate — you're going to spend a lot of up-close-and-personal time together, this person is going to interact with your bodily fluids, and you're stuck with whatever they give you forever. Fortunately, the artists at Davis Street Tattoo are committed to creating a custom piece of work that you'll want to show off to everyone, even when you're all wrinkly and old. Some of them have likely been tattooing since before you were born; their traditional American tattooing practices have been honed over many years. Once you've decided to bite the bullet and get tattooed, Davis Street is the ideal choice.

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All loving pet owners feed their furry friends free-range, organic, grain-free food, right? If those fancy dog food commercials are to be believed, your dog can learn to play chess and read Italian with the right (read: most expensive) kind of nourishment. You can find that at Hollywood Feed, along with plenty of sustainably sourced treats and toys, handmade collars that cost more than your own jewelry collection, and $300 dog beds that you'll find yourself fighting your pooch for. It's comfier than that Ikea mattress you've been sleeping (badly) on, but little Fido and Spike deserve the best life possible.

You can buy makeup pretty much anywhere, but Blue Mercury is much more than a makeup shop — it's an experience. In addition to the impressive selection of luxe skincare, hair and cosmetics brands, there's also a full-scale spa nestled right into the middle of the Highland Park Village shop. If the spa services don't quite fit your budget, you can just splurge on some of your favorite brands — Molton Brown, La Mer and NARS among them — without paying any markup for the chi-chi setting. Most important, the staff here will actually teach you how to apply the makeup, which is infinitely better than sitting at home watching YouTube tutorials.

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