Stores for the Pickiest of Pickers

If you’re looking for something very specific, these spots have what you need.
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PHOTOGRAPH BY JEREMY KRAMER

ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE

Wooden Nickel Antiques

Selling antiques from decades or even centuries ago in Over-the-Rhine since the ’70s— like furniture, chandeliers, decorative art, stained glass, fireplace mantels, cabinets, and bars—it’s no surprise that the Jeff Ruby family turned to the shop for some classy vibes when designing the new flagship location at Fountain Square. • 1410 Central Pkwy., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 241-2985

EXCEEDINGLY RARE BOOKS

The First Edition

There are not many places on Earth where you can find a copy of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar from the year 1632. Or an original first printing of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land. Given the prices of these books regularly top four or even five digits, you’ll have to make an appointment to visit this bookstore (but you can browse online). • 2055 Reading Rd., Mt. Auburn, (513) 719-0001

OBSCURE VINYL

Plaid Room Records

Crate-diggers, rejoice! If you’re mourning the loss of Torn Light, this should be your first stop. Here, you’ll find once-in-a-lifetime spins like original recordings of John Coltrane records and 78s of old doo-wop groups. Wanna try before you buy? Sit down at one of their dedicated listening stations. • 122 W. Loveland Ave., Loveland, (513) 583-1843

FURNITURE

New Life Furniture Thrift Store

When you think of thrift store furniture, you might think of scratched-up couches or bedbug-infested mattresses. Not so at New Life, where the inventory includes everything from Rosenthal porcelain to Ferragamo pumps to the Mid-Century Modern table of your dreams. Best of all, the proceeds go to providing free furniture to community members in need. • 12037 Lebanon Rd., Sharonville, (513) 667-1213

CRAFT SUPPLIES

Indigo Hippo

Here’s a genuine rarity: a pay-what-you-can nonprofit store. There’s something for every creative at prices that can sometimes be as low as five cents, if you so choose. Writing utensils, ink, yarn, beads, paint, fabric, sewing needles, paper, flowers, tile, wood…to list everything up for grabs here would require an entire collage. • 1334 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 918-4917

MUSEUM-WORTHY CLOTHING

Casablanca Vintage

Ever wanted to wear some clothing from the 1800s? While it used to function primarily as a costume resource for film and stage productions, this Northside favorite can now give you something from every decade, whether you’re attending a Roaring Twenties party or jumping in on TikTok’s Y2K trend. • 3944 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, (513) 541-6999

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