Ogle sells some wicked cool glasses. They're in a weird part of the Pearl District that fits snug up against Crack Central (aka Chinatown), so you may not feel very comfortable walking to the storefront--but once you get in, you'll appreciate the journey that much more.
The owner says his focus is to provide imported and highly original frames. To that end he's been successful: check out the wall of deliciously funky frames located near the back of the shop.
PROS: No one will have ever seen what's on your face
CONS: Location is seedy
Everyday Music buys and sells used CDs and records by the ton. Hard up for rent money? Gotta have that new Bianchi frame? Sell your soul--er, music collection--to Everyday Music. They'll give you cash, which you can go out and spend on your vice of choice.
They also have a dozen or so listening stations loaded up with recently released albums--though like listening stations the world around, those headphones just are not comfortable.
PROS: Good used selection, purchases "any and all music CDs"
CONS: Quality of music sacrificed for quantity
You hit the--er--Jackpot!
Jackpot Records has an incredible selection of "obscure" music, meaning they've got stuff only music snobs have heard of. Whenever I can't find an album at Everyday Music I head down to Jackpot, and most of the time I find what I'm looking for. (Recently I found a copy of The Skygreen Leopard's album 'Life and Love in Sparrow's Meadow' at Jackpot--a band didn't even have a plastic nameplate in Everyday Music! )
PROS: Central location, incredible selection, knowledgeable staff
CONS: Small space, no parking
Reading Frenzy is not the place to buy bestsellers, most hardback or trade fiction, or popular magazines.
What this place does--sell indie books, magazines, and comics--it does well. Want Burn Collector #13? Check. Looking for your favorite IPRC zinester? Double check (the IPRCis located right upstairs). Been itching to read Noam Chomsky? You hit the bullseye, my friend.
Check this place out.
PROS: Great selection of hard to find indie lit, helpful staff, cool events
CONS: Small space, nonexistent selection of normal books
Like single speed bicycle enthusiasts and religious ascetics, hardcore retro shoppers know that the best path is the one that hurts the most. That's why true indie cred only awaits the thrift store shopper: the apparel junkie who is willing to dig through junk for treasure.
For the rest of us, there are used clothing stores like Buffalo Exchange. They pay people to dig through junk, and the shopper reaps the benefits. This particular store is B.E.'s newest. Compared with the more popular store on SE 37th, the Burnside location is pretty small. Pickings are slim--particularly in men's clothing, a section in which you will frequently pick through the same shirts for weeks on end before finding new inventory.
And by the way, you're paying the wages of the people B.E. hires to sift through junk: prices at these stores are much higher than thrift stores. (You expected them to find you the cool clothes at no additional cost?)
One more tip: check the tag before you try on the clothes. B.E. often mixes new (and appropriately priced) items in with the used stuff. You know that once you try it on, you may fall in love with it--and once that happens, you're done for. So if the tag reads thirty bones, why try it on in the first place?
PROS: Central location, good shoe selection, gender-separated dressing rooms
CONS: Clothing selection is slim, parking is nonexistent