It’s that time of year again if you can believe it so here’s the Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas’ exclusive guide to local shops bearing Christmas/holiday gifts.
The best place for junk bargains is Sarah’s Thrift Store at 626 E. Highway 67 in Duncanville (972-296-9709). If you love garage sales you’ll love this place.
To buy gifts for vintage freaks and gadget geeks check out Restoration Hardware at 3133 Knox Street and 5217 Alpha Road, Galleria. Phone numbers are 214-520-7255 and 972-404-8707. At Restoration thumb-sized candle snuffers and penguin-shaped cocktail shakers are necessities, not luxuries.
The best place for the pack rate in your life is Cool Junk, a thrift store carrying bright aluminum tumblers, shiny cocktail shakers, Tiki masks, martini glasses with colored stems, skewers with plastic olives on the tips, worn playing cards, jazz club-style art, and mirrors. They’re located at 2824 Main Street, #103 and the number is 214-741-2002.
For the jewelry lover in your life check out Aarti Jewelers at 109 S. Central Expressway in Richardson (972-918-9933). If you’re looking for a bit of the exotic, this is the place.
The best place to buy stuff you don’t need for the holidays is Mark & Larry’s Stuff at 2614 Elm Street and 1520 Elm Street (214-74-STUFF, 214-760-8633). The eclectic Deep Ellum shop has nothing you need but just about anything you might want. It was also voted Best Gift Store by the local paper.
The best gift store is Bishop Street Market at 419 N. Bishop Avenue (214-941-0907). Part of the Bishop Arts District Renaissance, this pleasant shop carries a wide range of gift items and objects from local artists.
For those celebrating with piñatas this Christmas try Sarita’s Imports at 211 S. Bishop Street. The number is 214-943-9208. This little blue house turned Mexican import store also consists of a neighboring garden shed full of hidden, hanging piñatas of many a color, shape, and size.
The best impression of Granny’s attic for your holiday needs is Metro Retro at 2025 Abrams Road (214-370-0633). You can find a pink stove, Sixties divan, lunch boxes, vintage adult gag gifts, and a watercolor painting of amputee friends among other items.
The best oddball extravagance for gift giving is The Nest at 3007 Henderson Avenue. The number is 214-827-5300. It’s tangled with pricey whimsy crafted by local and other artists. It’s also the best place to shop for weird relatives. This is a fine, folksy-eclectic gift store in the thriving Knox-Henderson area.
The best junk for Christmas shopping is BettyAnn and Jimbo’s Antique Marketplace, Inc. Junkadoodle at 4402 W. Lovers Lane (214-350-5755).
For the bead lover in your life, try Splendor in the Grass at 1900 Abrams Parkway. They may be reached at 214-824-2777. Stained glass windows, sparkling wind chimes, mosaic tiles, mirrored gazing balls – – if it’s colorful and glimmers in the sun, this store has it.
Christmas shopping wouldn’t be complete without some silver. The best silver is at Silver City at 11377 Harry Hines Boulevard (972-488-3412). It’s an importer and wholesaler with the “largest collection of sterling charms, findings, chains, semiprecious stones, and jewelry.”
For the bath junkie go to Avocado Tree which has the best pampering potions. They’re at 2928 N. Henderson Avenue. The phone number is 214-515-9299. To fellow members of PJA (Project Junkies Anonymous) don’t enter this store.
The best toymaker is Phebe Phillips at phebephillips.com and tweakiep.com. She is called the “Creatrice of Exquisite Soft Toys.”
Known as the best toy store is Froggie’s 5 & 10 at 3211 Knox Street (214-522-JUMP).
The British Emporium has the best bangers, beads, and sundries at 140 N. Main Street in Grapevine. The number is 817-421-2311. Anglophiles unite as this place.
The best place to spoil your kids at Christmas is mish MOSH at 6404 Azalea Lane (972-979-9529).
Hope this helped the people of Dallas and Fort Worth with their holiday shopping.