Every day, people bring clothes into Planet Xchange, and every day, they turn away almost 1,000 garments, approving an average of only 200 garments a day to ensure their inventory remains fresh and stylish. They carry fashions for men and women, from brands such as Nike, Hollister, and The North Face. Their racks drip with premium denims, tops, pants, and outwear, as well as fashionable accessories and bags from brands such as Michael Kors.
Packard’s Games and Movies fuels friendly competition and hours of virtual entertainment with an eclectic abundance of gently used media. Gamers can fire up current consoles with a collection of used games, such as Halo 3 ($9.99) and Fable II ($7.99), which carry the ghosts of past triumphs to challenge their new owners. Those yearning for pixels of the past can dive into a rich selection of retro games ($2.99+) for vintage systems including Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Guide virtual superheroes as they jump across flames and elude persistent tax collectors with controllers for the Playstation 2 ($9.99+), Super Nintendo ($9.99+) or the Nintendo 64 ($12.99–$19.99). Stacks of previewed DVDs ($4.99) and Blu-rays ($8.99+) provide ample fodder for future movie nights. Each store has a slightly different selection, so call ahead for specific inquiries or simply browse through the cartridge- and disc-packed aisles in person.
Master Battery has been energizing electronics for more than 50 years. A diverse catalog of specialty batteries tends to the powerlessness of cars ($79.99 for a typical car battery), motorcycles, boats, lawnmowers, RVs, and other here-to-there machines. Hearing aids, watches, and cell phones ($33.99 for a typical cell phone battery) can be re-oomph-ed, whereas cameras and laptops can revamp their inner vigor. Master Battery also carries alkaline and lithium batteries, such as a 24-pack of Duracell Procell AA batteries ($14.99), and the center will also recycle old batteries including those from fax machines, printers, computers, and other office equipment.
Drawing from a more than 25-year-old legacy, Lane Music specializes in outfitting customers with anything from musical instruments to professional-level audio-visual systems. Whether performing a custom sound-system installation or helping a customer find the perfect piano from their gallery of exclusively Kawai models, staff members are willing to field music-related questions or give their opinion on whether Beethoven sold out. The store is also an authorized dealer of Fender, EVH, and Gretsch guitars, which fill the showrooms in two locations. To round out its collection, the shop also stocks instruments ranging from band brass and woodwinds to drums and drum-kit elements. During music lessons held in the store's onsite private studios, instructors train students of all ages in the basic principles and techniques of specific instruments.
Dave and Paula Lawson oversee an extensive clothing and accessory catalogue at ShirtsBy56, outfitting men, women, and children of all ages with custom and brand-name apparel. Duds from such companies as Port Authority, Hanes, and Sport Tek ensure that torsos are prepped to face most any event with comfortable ensembles for work, athletics, or inclement weather. ShirtsBy56 can also embellish shirts with personalized designs, including bridal-party names or a dry-erase hangman board for competitive passersby.
Every blouse, little black dress, pair of peep-toe heels, and pair of jeans at Chic Repeats is unique. Shopkeepers curate their gently used items to display a mix of timeless pieces and current fashions, plus a wide selection of totes, purses, jewelry, and other accessories that spice up old ensembles. A broad range of sizes and styles—including misses, juniors, and plus-size items—accommodates shoppers of all stripes and polka dots.