Find treasures among other people's trash
Turns out, Reno is a bit of a vintage thrifter's paradise, probably made all the more so by being the last stop before leaving civilization for the annual Burner pilgrimage to "The Playa," as they call it. Midtown has a bunch of fun stores selling vintage (and also just plain used) clothing, furniture, jewelry, housewares, decorative items, art pieces, bric-a-brac, novelties, oddities, and more. Junkee Clothing Exchange is the largest and most popular, where you can find everything from costumes for the Playa to kitschy antiques. Bad Apple Vntg is a fun spot with a mix of vintage and new pieces where the target demographic is teens and twenty-somethings with quirky style and a love of '80s and '90s nostalgia. The Nest carries some clothing, but their focus is primarily on furniture and home décor with a particular fondness for all things mid-century modern. The Lucky Star Gallery at the Vassar House is a highly curated vintage store that specializes specifically in vintage Americana and contemporary Western items, and hooooo-WE it is fun! And while the Melting Pot World Emporium is not a vintage store, it is a must-visit when in Reno. It bills itself as "Reno's coolest counter-culture store" and is stuffed full of clothing, costumes, hats, bags, accessories, makeup and body paint, jewelry, home décor, gift items, candles, incense, tarot cards, player flags, instruments, flasks, hip belts, pipes, and pretty much everything a person needs for the Playa and beyond. But also the Playa, because know your customer -- this place was actually the Burning Man ticket outlet for 14 years.