Named Best Budget Bookstore by the Phoenix New Times in 2009, Thrifty Joe's has succeeded at accumulating some of the hardest to find used books, CDs, DVDs, video games, and records. Shoppers can peruse the website by categories including aliens, music, interior design, books written by cast members of Growing Pains, and travel when searching for tomes such as Christie's Important 20th Century Decorative Arts ($10) or The Lure of Quebec: A Guide Book for the Tourist; a Souvenir for His Friends ($12).
With a library of more than 40,000 recent and classic titles, MyFliks.net delivers up to two DVDs at a time through movie buffs’ mail slots and into their home DVD players. Comprised of both major studio releases and independent favorites, My Fliks.net’s cache includes everything from TV shows such as Futurama to Oscar-nominated documentaries such as Exit Through the Gift Shop, as well as classics such as Casablanca. Sit back with a loved one or a cardboard cutout of a loved one and watch new releases such as Black Swan or No Strings Attached, without worry of due dates or late fees.
At Bead World, internationally sourced beads fall in heavy ropes from their wall mounts. The sheer volume and the quality of these handpicked beads have earned the shop accolades from publications such as the Phoenix New Times, which gushed that the store carries “every conceivable type of bead”, including Swarovski crystals, semiprecious stones, and Czech glass beads in “refreshingly remarkable” quality. But you don’t have to be an expert to set foot in the store, since each month Bead World hosts 20 classes that furnish people with the space and tools they need to create their own jewelry. Each class comes with a 20% discount for a one-time purchase so that students can stock up on African trading beads, freshwater pearls, or children’s teeth recovered from fairies who lost their licenses. A portion of the two stores’ proceeds goes to local charities.
The bead boutique boasts a colorful collection of crystals, glass beads, and an array of decorative accessories for jewelry design and other crafty projects. Drape yourself in sparkling strands of Swarovski crystals (16" strands starting at $12.11), or illuminate your neckline with a glimmering string of freshwater pearls (16" strands starting at $2.95). Trowel through a trove international treasures, including Czech glass (starting at $2 per loop) and China glass crystal (16" strands starting at $3), or savor a necklace of Swedish meatballs.