Photo by Shannon Miller

Go on a Hunt This Gift-Giving Season

Find quirky curios and atypical presents at the Valley's vintage stores

No idea how to shop for your favorite geek who collects 19th century books, figurines and old tackle boxes? Turns out, vintage and antique stores are a cache of inspiration for repurposed gifts, stocking stuffers and presents your eccentric giftee will love.

For Unique Toys and Original Artwork

Photography by Shannon Miller

Industrial Vintage Boutique in downtown Henderson is a trove of unique gifts. Currently in stock are wooden mechanical models—steampunk renditions of the plastic mechanical toys you’ll find in normal retail stores. And throughout are shelves strewn with all sizes of figurines, old-timey dishware and pop memorabilia. If you’re shopping for someone who would appreciate original artwork, you’re in the right place. Toward the back of the store, find comic prints of superheroes, villains and other striking pop-culture images by graphic artist Gary Bauman. Other originals throughout the shop include pastoral scenes wood-burned by one Pahrump artist, and vintage clothing curated by the owner of Sincity Steampunk Dolls. Most inventory is unpriced, so shoppers, be ready to haggle. 123 Water St., Henderson, 12:30–7 p.m. Mon.–Thurs., 1–5 p.m. Sat.–Sun. (hours may vary), facebook.com/industrialvintageboutique

For Americana and Jewelry

If there’s one word to sum up the goods at Charleston Antique Mall, it’s Americana. From dated Christmas decorations and coin and stamp collections to yellowed postcards and photographs of people you don’t know, this store has you covered. Even if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for, a little digging can certainly yield inspiration in the form of shot glasses, mugs, magnets, old-fashioned perfume and pill bottles and vintage toys. There are also cases and cases of jewelry, racks of fur coats, cowboy boots and vests from all decades of the 20th century. What’s more, its holiday sale—15 percent off regularly priced items—has already begun! Check it out on Instagram at @charlestonantiq. 560 S. Decatur Blvd., 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun., facebook.com/charlestonantiq

For Vegas-Themed Memorabilia and Clothes

When we think of mid-century modern, it’s usually in regard to furniture and architecture. Vintage Vegas expands those narrow media to collectibles, housewares and décor (think: tiki bars and other items dear to, perhaps, only lovers of the Las Vegas historic aesthetic). The clothing collection is a goldmine when gift-shopping for someone who’s more playful and adventurous with fashion. The accessories are especially more playful—scarves, purses, pocketbooks, coin purses, bold jewelry, even wigs. 1229 S. Main St., 11–5 p.m., Mon.–Sat., facebook.com/VintageVegasAntiques

For Crafts and Curated Collections

A whopping 21,500 square feet, Paradise Valley Antique Mall has everything you’d expect from an antiques mall: collectibles, home decor and clothing. The difference here is that this store rents out spaces to 80 different vendors. For that reason, walking through the mall is like walking through a flea market—without the vendors breathing down your neck! Here, you can home in on curated collections and crafts that can better meet the needs of your eccentric giftee. While one booth features collectible tins and appliances dated from 1940 to 1960, another representing Dublin-Kahn Art Gallery out of New York and Florida features lithographs of works by Rembrandt, Renoir, Cassatt, Lautrec, Matisse, Picasso, Dali and other 19th and 20th century masters (for upwards of $200 each). There are also gently worn electric guitars and tarnished wind instruments as well as other booths stocked with handcrafted jewelry, pottery, natural beauty products—you name it. 3355 E. Russell Rd., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.–Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun., facebook.com/pvam3355

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