Clothes and furniture find new life at Red Racks Thrift Stores. Through donations, the staffers at the store's 13 locations fill their racks and shelves with thousands of second-hand items for kids and adults, including name-brand garments from the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Levi’s, The Loft, and Donna Karan New York. They also stock furniture and other miscellaneous goods, such as books and home décor.
And something odd happens when these items arrive at checkout—the register doesn't ring up any sales tax. That's because Red Racks is a nonprofit organization, and all proceeds go to benefit the Disabled American Veterans, an organization that has advocated on behalf of veterans for more than nine decades. Red Racks' altruistic mission has proved successful so far—the inventory of each store typically turns over every 3–4 weeks.
A rainbow of men's and women's apparel and accessories populates the forest of racks inside Arizona Trading Company, where staffers buy, sell, and trade a thoughtfully curated, ever-revolving stash of gently used threads. They take in modern and vintage attire alike, scrutinizing each item to ensure that no evidence remains of the superhero who previously owned it. Handbags, shoes, and Pendleton flannels neighbor household gear, jackets, and seasonal inventory throughout the fully stocked shop. A smattering of brand-new accouterments, such as sunglasses and jewelry, interrupts the vast spread of lightly worn attire.
The Polished Edge Salon's team of experienced stylists sculpts hairdos with artistic precision and enhances treatments with products from top industry brands such as Bed Head, Schwarzkopf, and Paul Mitchell within a softly lit space accented by floor-to-ceiling windows. Following a thorough consultation, mane masters snip and style head threads to match a client's detailed description or a manifestation of their favorite Sunday comic. Delving deep into follicles with reckless abandon, deep-conditioning treatments saturate weary strands with vitality enriching formulas, which allow full highlights to vibrantly accentuate facial features. Appointments may take between one and three hours depending on the package purchased, although complimentary WiFi and recordings of President Roosevelt's fireside chats ensure that clients remain entertained.
Kevin and Christi Weaver, owners of The Polished Edge, employ more than 40 years of experience with precious stones to set hands, necks, and ears a-sparkle with gemstone-laden jewelry. Celebrate the first letter of your name or favorite conjunction by picking up a sterling-silver initial necklace, its dangling grapheme encrusted with ripe mini jewels, or fit your throat for a pear-shaped stone that twinkles within the safe embrace of a silver pendant. To accessorize ears, The Polished Edge rolls out a pair of silver hooked earrings that put a pear-shaped gem to rest just below each lobe. Guests contemplating nuptials can spend their visit perusing the shop’s selection of handcrafted and designer engagement rings, which bear such bling as pink-hued round stones, teardrop-shaped diamonds, and encapsulated passion. In addition to purveying and customizing jewelry, the craftsman at The Polished Edge also repair and engrave pieces.
Mady and Me outfits male and female newborns and children with gifts, stylish accessories, and boutique clothing created by brands , such as Lemon Loves Lime, Le Top, Charlie Rocket, and more. Children can practice for a career as a runway model or fashionable real estate lawyer with clothing by Mud Pie ($25–$35), Haute Baby ($45–$55), and Havengirl ($50–$65). The Lulu Lop bib protects new duds from spills and hugging trees coated in sap ($15), while a Sophie the Giraffe baby teether ($22) can be gift wrapped with the Angel Dear blankey ($13) for an extra soft, squeezable gift.