by Jessica Lapidos on
There’s a massive thrift Junkee, a short ways off the main strip of Reno. Set apart from the ramshackle gambling of the poor man’s Atlantic City is a cavernous trove of vintage, antiques, and killer thrift, and has been termed the Last Stop Before Burning Man. So if you find yourself in Reno, ditch the strip and make it to Midtown for a community that’s ousting its dingy dives for small artsy shops.
Jessica Schneider opened Junkee Clothing Exchange in the June of 2008, and has been embraced by thrift/antique-lovers, theme partiers, and it’s even many burners’ last stop before Burning Man.
The founder of Junkee, Jessica Schneider is part responsible for turning Reno around. She’s the President of the Midtown Chamber of Commerce, and started tje Midtown initiative to evolve from crappy liquor stores and dive motels to arts oriented business and restaurants. In fact, the weekend before we arrived, Schneider had organized the Midtown Art Walk. All different businesses had live art going on inside their stores.
While now I understand why everyone gave me such an odd look when I said I was going to stop in Reno, I also can see how Reno may just be turning into the cool man’s Las Vegas.
Now take a peek inside Junkee. Meet my new sheer leopard bold-shouldered jacket which covers the 80′s workout sesh I’ve got going on underneath.