Joseph Campau is the place for bargain-basement gift shopping
Is your gift-giving on a shoestring this year? You're not alone. Luckily, you can penny-pinch your way down Hamtramck's main drag and still stuff those stockings.
12101 Joseph Campau • 313-826-7158
At the top of Hamtramck, this little resale shop sells a jumble of used merchandise. It's a good first stop because, should you get lucky, the prices are low at this all-volunteer store. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.
2926 Caniff St. • 313-870-9647
The first of Hamtramck's three record shops crams in a pretty comprehensive selection of rock, pop and jazz, as well as old show tunes, comedy, spoken word and soundtracks. They're in the midst of an incredible vinyl sale to help them sell of stock and move to a smaller space. Any records marked between $3 and $18 are yours for $2 only, and records marked $19 to $28 go for $5. Peruse their jammed singles collection in the back if you dare. Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
10238 Joseph Campau • 313-872-1777
Mikel Smith's Detroit Threads moved to Hamtramck around 1998, and more than a dozen years later, it's still on, selling a quirky selection of clothes, memorabilia, and around 50,000 records, give or take a few thousand. Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, closed Sundays.
Lo & Behold Records & Books
10022 Joseph Campau • 734-664-1186
Open for just two-and-a-half months now, Richie Wohlfiel's shop sells old mags, art, clothes, but is transitioning more into records and books. In fact, the store recently acquired most of WJZZ's jazz library, more than 108 milk crates full of records. Bargain-friendly and willing to trade, Wohlfiel would rather sell to locals for less than score big on eBay. Open noon-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
9023 Joseph Campau • valueworld.net
Finally, the resale chain loved by homeless and hipsters alike has a new 17,000-square-foot location in Hamtramck. It's brand-new and still not too picked-over, but best of all are the bundles of Christmas lights and ornaments (some for less than $3 each) and the almost bizarre products on offer in the rear, e.g., last we checked, there were hundreds of slides of the words of the Bible and Christian hymns? Hallelujah!