Our Favorite Vintage Stores in and around Palm Springs
Known for its midcentury style, the Coachella Valley is also one of the premier destinations for fine secondhand finds.
Visitors have always flocked to the Palm Springs area for sun and relaxation, but there’s a subset who come specifically for the design. A hotbed of mid century architecture, Palm Springs is host to the legendary Modernism Week, which is dedicated to the education and preservation of sustainable modern living.
So, it’s no surprise that the wealthy residents’ castoff furniture and clothing make for some of the best vintage shopping in America. In 2019, the local magazine Palm Springs Life estimated that there were 51 resale shops in the area! Below are five our favorites, but know that even the local thrift shops are a cut above the rest, so bring an extra suitcase for your scores!
Founded by Parsons School of Design alum Nicolas Delgado, The Fine Art of Design offers an expertly curated collection of vintage clothes and accessories. You’ll find big name designer clothing (think Halston, Alexander McQueen, and Emilio Pucci), accessories, and a treasure trove of vintage hats merchandised in rainbow order. A favorite haunt of fashion editors, stylists, and Annie herself, this boutique specializes in fashion history and inspiration for connoisseurs – and sells a selection of items on the store’s website.
Located between Palm Springs and Palm Desert in Rancho Mirage, Misty’s is a local favorite for secondhand furniture, estate jewelry, and unexpected finds, displayed in room-like vignettes throughout its sprawling 23,000 square-foot showroom. Vintage, antique, and like-new contemporary furniture are all mixed together at Misty’s, where a little bit of design knowledge goes a long way. “It’s all about isolating things with your eye,” explains Annie, zeroing in on a set of stackable melamine mugs and plates. “I totally remember these! I grew up wanting these,” she exclaims, scooping up the collectible Heller pieces, which were designed by Massimo and Lella Vignelli in the 1960s and quickly earned a spot in MoMA’s permanent collection.
A fellow shopper walks by and nods approvingly. “That’s a great set – I’ve never seen so many pieces together,” he says.
Across the street from the Jonathan-Adler-designed Parker Palm Springs, this family-owned business calls itself “Palm Springs Original Consignment Showroom.” With a retail space that spans a whole block and over 100,000 square feet, it’s also one of the largest in the Coachella Valley. A recent trip revealed everything from gleaming Mastercraft cabinets to prized black Wedgewood, not to mention scores of art, jewelry, and midcentury staples like rattan pendants and egg chairs. One of Annie’s go-to spots, she’s discovered everything from a set of jade-colored chinoiserie screens to a fun vintage Betty Crocker recipe box while browsing here.
It’s strictly clothing and accessories at this beloved, vintage boutique where the vibe is more poolside glam than cocktail party. The Frippery describes its wares as “mod, resort, bohemian, and a little rock ‘n roll,” and almost everything in the shop is bursting with color and pattern. The Frippery recently launched their own line of vintage-inspired caftans under the name O’Pell to fill a hole in the vintage market.
Porter & Punk is an offshoot of bicoastal architect John Gilmer’s architecture and design firm. On a visit to the appointment-only showroom, you’ll find Gilmer’s curated selection of 19th and 20th century American and European furniture (serious pieces with prices to match). Gilmer also has a deep inventory of showstopping lighting sure to delight designers and homeowners looking for something out of the ordinary. Gilmer led Annie to a pair of pink Murano glass lamps that she describes as “my favorite thing on the planet.” But everything he stocks is extraordinary, she notes, because “he’s got a tremendous eye– an indiscriminately good eye.” Good news for out of towners: Hundreds of Porter & Plunk’s furnishings and lighting are available through 1stdibs.
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