Sep 09, 2023


Quilt Rack at Nitty Gritty

Quilt Rack @ Nitty Gritty

Howdy from Joshua Tree where this week we get to visit some of my favorite thrift stores in the Joshua Tree area. Thrifting and vintage shopping is more than just a trend; it's a delightful way to embrace sustainability, save money, and ignite your creativity. When you find yourself in the magical realm of Joshua Tree, a place known for its desert beauty and artistic vibes, exploring thrift stores becomes an exciting part of your journey. In this post, I am thrilled to present a roundup of the best thrift stores in Joshua Tree, where you can uncover hidden treasures while contributing to eco-friendly shopping practices.

When I walk into a Joshua Tree Thrift Store, I'm not just stepping into a shop; I'm entering a world of memories, stories, and cherished finds. You see, my love for vintage treasures runs deep in my family's veins. It all started with my great grandma, who lovingly crafted a quilt for me when I was just a baby. That quilt, with its intricate patterns and soft, worn edges, became a comforting presence in my life, a tangible link to generations past.

quilt for baby

As I grew older, my grandma continued the tradition, creating her own quilts that told the stories of our family. These quilts were like time capsules, each stitch carrying the warmth of her love and the history of our clan. They found a special place in my heart and home.

Today, my kitchen is a testament to the joys of thrift shopping. Open shelving showcases an array of vintage bowls, each with its own unique charm. From delicate china to rustic stoneware, each piece has a story to tell, a history I'm proud to display.

thrift shopping in Joshua Tree

Thrift shopping and antiquing have become more than just a hobby; they're a part of my heritage. My family and I share a passion for discovering second-hand treasures. Each outing is a chance to bond, sharing stories and tips, passing down the art of finding that perfect gem hidden amidst the racks and shelves.

Thrift stores offer a treasure trove of pre-loved items waiting to find new homes. By choosing to shop at thrift stores, you're not only saving money but also reducing the demand for new production, thus lessening the the environmental footprint.

Thrift stores holds a special place in my heart, a place where I continue to unearth treasures that connect me to my past and create new memories for the future. It's not just a store; it's a treasure trove of nostalgia, history, and love.



Nitty Gritty Antiques - Between Fox and Oak Trails on 29 Palms Hwy

55735 29 Palms Hwy, Yucca Valley, CA 92284

Nitty Gritty Antiques

As they say on their website - “something for everyone”. Well, I guess they are right. I absolutely love this store!! It brings me so many memories of growing up with all my mother’s farm style kitchen finds. She used to have these wood pig cutting boards and would paint on them apples and such.

Best Thrift Stores in Joshua Tree

They feature four different rooms curated to the max!! My absolute favorite of the rooms is where all the vintage quilts, wood and ceramic bowls, cutting boards and a large array of marble splatter vessels.

This small local business has stayed true to it’s roots and the hi-desert’s history by focusing on the following type of antiques: industrial, Mexican, western, Early American, Arts and Crafts/Mission, and 70's revival. In general the store gives me curated homestead vibes (did you know that in Landers there is an area called Homestead Valley - check out some history if you’re into that sort of thing).


Joshua Springs Thrift Store - right next to Big Lots

56867 29 Palms Hwy, Yucca Valley, CA 92284

Joshua Springs Thrift Store

Joshua Springs photo

The things I love most about this store are the cleanliness and it’s purpose. “Joshua Springs Thrift Store is a ministry of Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel and is a non-profit organization.  All proceeds from our store go towards our k-12 Christian School and our Bible College. Your donations are gladly acceptable and are tax deductible.  It is a unique store, displaying our items in a boutique setting, steaming all of our ready items, and all other items are cleaned and checked.” (Joshua Springs website)


Sky Village Market Place - behind Grocery Outlet off Old Woman Springs Rd

7028 Theater Road Yucca Valley, California 92284

Sky village Outdoor Market

Every Saturday morning this outdoor marketplace and swap meet offers the perfect variety of thrift shop finds. Individual thrift vendors setup as well as a variety of small nurseries who bring a lot of cacti and other plants. I personally purchased many trees for the Adobe property from some of these small family owned nurseries. Not only have I found lots of plants, I have found everything from heavy glass vessels, natural fiber rugs, garden tools, gas cans, tea sets and more. It is like going treasure hunting every weekend.

Cacti in Sky village Outdoor Market

The outdoor market is also home to the world famous Dakota Bob’s Western Wear. They have “lots of extras for your giddy-up....belts, bolos, belt buckles and special hats that have their own character!" Get styled out and then head up the hill to the hi-deserts own western town Pioneertown and make a stop into the Red Dog Saloon to show off yours finds.

Dakota Bob’s Western Wear


Ricochet Joshua Tree - in downtown Joshua Tree next to Crossroads Cafe

61731 29 Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Ricochet Joshua Tree

I have parked in front of this store when popping into the Joshua Tree Bottle Shop or Farmer’s Market many times and always thought it was a teeny tiny second hand clothing store, so when I finally took a peak inside I discovered it has a whole outdoor section behind it with home goods, vinyl records and plants as well. Looking for something nostalgic for your Joshua Tree adventures, they have a wide variety of western boots and hats!

Best Thrift Stores in Joshua Tree


Route 62 Arts & Antiques - Corner of Geronimo Trail and 29 Palms Hwy

55635 29 Palms Hwy, Yucca Valley, CA 92284

RouTe 62 Vintage Marketplace

This eclectic bright and artsy store has multiple rooms and an outdoor space to browse plenty of fun finds! It houses a collection of colorful metal yard art, furniture, accessories, vinyl, art and cultural pieces.

I especially love the thoughtful curation of the many vignettes creating a collection of pre-loved pieces and art. This is a must stop on your way into Joshua Tree visiting Old Town Yucca.

Best Thrift Stores in Joshua Tree
Route 62 vintage marketplace


Pioneer Crossing Antiques - Corner of Pioneertown Rd + 29 Palms Hwy

55854 29 Palms Hwy, Yucca Valley, CA 92284

This is my favorite shop across from Frontier Cafe and down the road from Pappy and Harriets. It features unique finds for your home. A few of my favorite items they curate are their old books, lamps, beds and chairs! The charm of Old Town Yucca really gets me and really the whole strip of stores along highway 62 in Old Town are so charming to stroll through. I would suggest starting at Luna Bakery for a sourdough snack and coffee to take on your shopping adventure walking down the highway.


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