Antiques, Phoenix + Scottsdale, Arizona
Concierge.com's insider take:
The main antiquing area in Phoenix is in the quadrant between Seventh Street and Seventh Avenue, and McDowell and Camelback. Stuff Antiques has uncommon items such as the perfect vintage doorknob or antique bed frame (4206 N. Central Ave.; 602-266-1967). Down the street, one of the smallest but greatest stores, Modern Lighting, is packed to the hilt (chairs are hung from the ceiling) with everything from cameras to silverware and, yes, lights (5016 N. Central Ave.; 602-248-4908). The owner, Petey, makes the place feel more like a barbershop with his penchant for gossip and storytelling. Like Palm Springs, Phoenix is becoming known for midcentury modern furniture. The pick of the half-dozen shops is Red Modern Furniture, with museum-quality pieces in an amazing 1956 building (201 E. Camelback Rd.; 602-256-9620; www.redmodernfurniture.com). Chat about the latest Sotheby's auction with owner Jonathan Wayne and then browse his girlfriend's corner of the store, Mint Vintage Clothing. If you're looking for quantity, go to Scottsdale's Antique Trove, one of the biggest antique emporiums in the Valley (2020 N. Scottsdale Rd.; 480-947-6074; www.antiquetrove.com).