Tucson Clay Co-op deftly kneads amateur and advanced potters together in a community-centric amalgam of learning and play. Each clay celebration commences with a pottery-wheel tutorial from a team of centrifugally savvy instructors, followed by two hours of artisanal spinning, pinch potting, and convivial mudslinging. Earmark winsome Canopic jars and interpretive evil-twin effigies for preservation in the cleansing fires of the co-op’s kiln for an additional $5 each, or cast clay aside and mold a moveable feast from an array of complimentary refreshments.
Formerly Knock-on-Wood, Hunter Home Furnishings has provided furniture and accessories for any room for more than 32 years. Customers can wander around the 13,000-square-foot showroom and select from an impressive array of dining sets, sofas, beds, and presidential crypts. A stately drop leaf table from Simply Amish provides ample surface to rest a Crystal Pepsi (many four-piece dining sets start at $299), while sturdy and comfortable beds from the likes of Crownmark, Aspen, and Modus provide a soft surface to put Crystal Pepsis to bed (mattress-pad protectors start at $89). Solid-wood dining chairs ($59 and up), bonded-leather square storage ottomans ($79 and up) and barstools ($79 and up) also grace the massive showroom with their charm and good looks. Experienced delivery professionals can be hired to hoist furniture overhead like participants in a traditional wedding procession parading the ceremonial wedding mop through town.
Showcasing more than 14,000 square feet of pre-owned prized possessions, Casa de los Niños Thrift Store offers value-conscious customers a wealth of gently worn wearables, as well as hand-me-down sporting goods, toys, housewares, electronics, furniture, and more. Spiffy suits for men start at $6, women can gather dresses and other graceful garments for around $5, and jeans keep the whole family from accidental exhibitionism starting at $3 per pair. Though the selection is ever rotating, customers can expect to regularly uncover forgotten treasures such as good-as-new sporting goods, long-lost favorite books and records, and stuffed animals boasting an impressive resume of past tea-party experience. Small and large appliances, including TVs and stereos, can be regularly snagged in still-working order, as sofas, chairs, and end tables await to fill the void in an empty living room's otherwise idyllic life.