Reno – Random Curiosities: Playawear, toys, arts, tattoos, piercings, and smokes
So you’ve got time to do some fun shopping in Reno before heading home to Black Rock City? Maybe you left your pink wig on your dresser underneath that Sari you also meant to bring? Perhaps you have some time to check out some local arts? There are plenty of strange, useful, and fun-to-explore shops and places in the Reno area, and here’s a place to find out more about them.
We’ve included businesses here that sell costume stuff, vintage, upcycled, or new fashionable clothing for the playa, wig shops, sex stores, tattoo and piercing galleries, tobacconists and purveyors of smoking accessories, electronics, variety stores of the old-fashioned kind, and other businesses that don’t easily fall into major categories. Also, a few places of art where you can find some installations that once graced Black Rock City.
Special note to those thinking about getting a tattoo or piercing to celebrate their Burning Man experience before/after the playa, you may just want to consider healing times and weather conditions in Black Rock City. It’s a lot easier to keep your new body art healthy and happy in the clean environment of your own home than it is in Black Rock City. Simply put, be careful!
To see what is nearby these places, follow the link to the appropriate shopping hub. You never know what you might find or where, but you may find more of what you need!
Barton Hospice Thrift Store
1609 US-395, Minden – 775-783-3533 – (Carson City)
5025 South McCarran Blvd – 775-826-0777 – (South Virginia and Kietzke Lane)
Open daily 10am-8pm. This is THE PLACE to load up on beads and other gems for making and gifting jewelry.
Black Hole Body Piercing
912 South Virginia Street – 775-329-6010 – (Downtown)
Open Sun-Thurs 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9pm. A full-service piercing studio owned by a female burner since 1995. The Black Hole carries a huge selection of jewelry for body piercing and stretched ears, and offers clean, private and group-viewing piercing rooms, using only single-piercing needles. The friendly and knowledgeable staff would be pleased to discuss any piercing questions or ideas you may have.
99 North Virginia Street – 775-323-3221 – (Downtown)
Our favorite theatre and production company, founded and operated mostly by burners to create and share the experience of innovative theatre. Call ahead or check out the website for shows and times.
Charlie B Gallery
200 Main Street, Suite 1 – 775-575-7333 – (Fernley)
Special hours during Burning Man: Mon-Fri 7:30am-6pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm. House to a variety of arts from around the world and one of Fernley’s and Nevada’s best-kept secrets, if you love vintage and contemporary art and pottery, this is a wonderful place to get lost in for an hour or two. You can find some vintage hats and jewelry for life on the playa, but we mainly include this place here in case you have some free time looking to do something and would like to see some really great art at very reasonable prices while you’re in Fernley. Highly recommended you check this place out for some art-reentry.
Classy Seconds Thrift Store
411 Hot Springs Road # 1 – 775-841-7081 – (Carson City)
Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-4pm, Sun 11am-3pm.
The Doll House
1092 South Virginia Street – 775-337-6060 – (Downtown)
Open Mon-Sat 11am-8pm, Sun 12pm-6pm. During Burning Man, call for after-hours. The Doll House is the place to get some of the sexiest custom-made outfits and costumes for the playa, including spandex pants, booty shorts, mini-pleated skirts, bikinis, tops, fishnet stockings in a wide variety of colors and designs, fur clothing and accessories, feather earrings, pasties, eye lashes, and a large selection in boots and shoes. Some sexy wear such as booty shorts, thongs, and boots for men too. Also carrier of men-magnet lotions and lip gloss. Owner and burner Jeanne specializes in sewing stretch fabrics, including lames and other wild fabrics, and she also carries a large variety from other brands. Custom outfits possible — orders should be placed by no later than August 15!
Dressed Like That
711 South Virginia Street – (Downtown)
Open Tues-Sat, 11am-6pm. Call ahead for special hours. Carrying upscale vintage wear for women, including dresses, rompers, bathing suits, petticoats, shorts, parasols, jewelry, and snoods, as well as providing skin services and products.
Eagle Eye Charters
730 Basin Road – 866-958-7688 – 775-574-0900 – 775224-9815 – (Nixon)
Open daily 6am-7pm. A very hospitable and knowledgeable crew providing both 2 hour (Anajo Island, The Stone Mother, The Pyramid) and 4 hour (the entire lake, stopping at various points of interest) tours on a 28.5′ bayliner.
Friends in Service Helping Thrift Store
138 East Long Street – 775-882-6334 – (Carson City)
Open Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 1pm-4pm.
Goodwill Thrift Store
6407 South Virginia Street – 775-853-7606 – (South Virginia and Kietzke Lane)
Open Mon-Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Fair collection of women’s and men’s recycled clothing.
1274 South Virginia Street – 775-329-2661 – (Downtown)
Open daily 10am-4pm, call ahead for special hours. Thrift store carrying lots of used bicycles, as well as bike trailers, vintage wear, goggles, used carpets, tutus, poodle skirts, and knick-knacks. Best to call beforehand to reserve a bike.
Junkees Clothing Exchange
960 South Virginia Street – 775-322-5868 – (Downtown)
Open every day, 11am-8pm. Open later during Burning Man, call ahead for special hours. Owned and operated by burners Jessica and Troy and crew, Junkee Clothing Exchange is a wonderful journey backwards and forwards in time and space to find a HUGE and MASSIVE variety of very affordable vintage recycled, upcycled, custom, and one-of-a-kind clothing for women and men, including exotic and fun costumes, dresses, hats, scarves, corsets, tutus, vests, purses, shoes, suits, jumpsuits, glasses, jewelry, masks, glasses, el-wire kits, and other accessories for the funkee life on the playa. Also a place to sell or trade back, recycle your playawear! Just can’t rave enough about this place!
Label’s Consignment Boutique
601 West 1st Street – 775-825-6000 – (Keystone)
Open Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm. A large variety of recycled vintage, classy clothing, including tutus and faux fur coats, designed primarily with women in mind.
Lulu’s Chic Boutique
1298 South Virginia Streat – (Downtown)
Open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun noon-6pm. LOTS of classy, upscale vintage wear and accessories for women.
The Melting Pot World Emporium
1049 South Virginia Street – 775-322-9445 - (Downtown)
Regular hours: Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sat 11am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Around the time of Burning Man, open earlier and as late as 9pm. Call ahead for special hours. Family-owned and operated by burners Monique, Eric, and Kaz, this wonderful place is also a year-round and longtime favorite of the local and world burner community. Lots and lots of great, exotic, ethnic, futuristic, retro, steampunk, eastern, and other fashionable costuming, clothing, lingerie, tutus, booty shorts, belts, boots, shoes, leg warmers, goggles, bags, jewelry, masks, hats, pasties, capes, wings, hoola hoops, playa-safe boas, parasols, a large variety of fire tools, ready-to-go el-wire kits, light toys, flags, tapestries, playa gifts, backpacks, camel-bags, belts, poi, body paints and latex, body and eco-friendly lotions and oils, lip balms, smoking tools, portable ashtrays, books and dvd’s about Burning Man, Burning Man calendars, and other curiosities. Also a section of fun clothing just for kids too! All-in-all, a great place to meetup with other burners and for local info.
1999 South Virginia Street, Suite B – 775-322-5427 – (Plumb Lane)
Located behind Sushi Boat, turn right on Hillcrest off of Virginia Street, Menagerie is located then immediately on your right in the strip mall. Open Wed-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 2pm-6pm. During Burning Man Hours Open Daily 11am-9pm. Call ahead for possible after-hours appointment. Recently opened, The Menagerie is burners-owned and operated, providing THE LARGEST selection and variety of costumes for purchase and rental in Northern Nevada. Focusing primarily on very good quality, custom-made costumes, hats, masks, wigs, and many other accessories formerly used in movie or stage sets, there’s just about everything for everyone … and at pretty good prices. If you want to be an alien, cowboy, renaissance princess, prom queen, roman legionary, clown, movie diva, monster, star trekkie, gangster, rabbit, alligator, loonie tunes cartoon character, … you just about name it, they probably have it — and in variety! Also have el-wired clothing, playa-ideal body paints, wigs, masks, and other accessories, as well as tutus, corsets, faux fur vests, booties, leggings, etc. Anything not fitting? Alterations possible. Custom orders available — all custom orders need to be in by no later than August 17. Call for custom orders and questions.
Nevada Museum of Art
160 West Liberty Street – 775-329-3333 – 775-329-1541 – (Downtown)
Open Wed-Sun. 10am-5pm, Thur 10am-8pm. Reno’s largest art museum, and bringing a little more of the playa through art exhibitions and installations to Reno every year — most notably Kate Raudenbush’s Guardian of Eden.
550 West Plumb Lane – 775-827-9933 – (Plumb Lane)
Open Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm. Owned by burners Laura and Philip, having El-wire, utilikilts, hats, sarongs, gifts, and all sorts of momentos on-hand.
2825 Northtowne Lane – 775-358-2228 – (Northtowne)
Open Mon-Wed 9:30am-8:30pm, Thur-Fri 9:30am-9pm, Sat 8:30am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm. Carrying general party supplies.
Polyesther’s Costume Boutique
655 South Virginia Street – 775-420-5050 – (Downtown)
Burning Man hours: Open daily 10am-9pm, but call ahead for after-hours possibilities. Polyesther’s is unique for it’s custom-made line of wild fun fashion-ware, unique to the life of Black Rock City and beyond. Here you can find unique, wild, and fun upcycled as well as brand-new clothing and costumes ranging from vintage to Renaissance to Victorian to faux to industrial to disco to fishnet to chain-malle and to sexy, for both women and men. Designs by Esther and other designers. You can find a wide variety of coats, mini-coats, dresses, pants, shirts, vests, suits, tutus, corsets, lingerie, leggings, gloves, belts, ponchos, boot toppers and covers, vests, pants, hats, wigs, halos, wings, bikini-wear, el-wired and weighted hoola-hoops, el-wire kits, LED toys and hokey spokes (for bikes), hand-painted parasols, wigs, masks, and jewelry. And perhaps best of all, you can get your hands on their own “Lightning Fur” line of LED-lit and patterned faux fur clothing. Esther will also make something custom just for you, contact her by August 12 to get in your order.
Prism Magic Clothing & Imports
2161 Pyramid Way – 775-356-5577 – (Pyramid Highway)
Open Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat. 10am-6pm. Yup! On the scenic route to the playa via Pyramid Highway. Owned and operated by burners for burners, they specialize in tie-dye but have all sorts of fun ‘Playa Wear’. Petticoats, animal bikes, costumes, sarongs, hats, vintage clothing and other unique items. Black Rock Bicycles are also available. Stop on by & have some fun c/o Lauren & Crew.
Pyramid Lake Museum & Visitors Center Gift Shop
709 State Street – 775-574-1080 – (Nixon)
Open Wed-Sun 10am-4:30pm. Provides a moving history of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe history and culture and of the lake and environs. Special events and extended hours during Burning Man.
Reno Art Works (RAW)
1995 Dickerson Road – 775-391-0278 – (Keystone)
Open Mon-Fri noon-7pm, Sat noon-8pm, Sun noon-5pm. A relatively new collective of local artists, art spaces, and galleries, many of them inspired by Burning Man. If you have some spare time and want to check out some of the local avant garde, this is one of the best places to start.
Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Smoke Shop
420 Highway 40 West – 775-345-2620 – (Verdi)
Open daily 7am-8pm.
Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Smoke Shop
1962 Pyramid Way – 775-353-2140 – (Pyramid Highway)
Open daily 7am-8pm.
Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Smoke Shop
2001 East 2nd Street – 775-329-2972 – 775-329-0275 – (Grand Sierra Resort)
Open 7am-8pm daily.
Reno-Sparks Indian Colony-Smoke Shop
11450 South Virginia – 775-852-4010 – (South Meadows Parkway)
Open 7am-8pm daily.
Salvation Army Thrift Store
1925 Sutro Street – 775-688-4588 – 775-688-4589 – (Downtown)
Open 9am-6pm, closed Sundays. Very large thrift store.
Sierra Water Gardens
2110 Dickerson Road – 775-622-4090 – (Keystone)
Open Mon-Sat 10am-5:30pm, Sun 11am-4pm. A really delightful place to get away from the city for a while. Located right next the Truckee River, Sierra Water Gardens may make you feel like you are in Japan, among the ponds, koi, water lillies, and orchards. And really delightful people. But you can also get custom made, high-quality fire pits and tiki torches made out of metal and ideal for the playa.
975 West Fifth Street – 775-324-5446 – (Keystone)
SPCA Thrift Store
401 Vine Street – 775-324-7776 – (Keystone)
Open Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12pm-4pm.
Toys R Us
5000 Smithridge Drive – 775-827-8697 – (South Virginia and Kietzke Lane)
Open Mon-Thu 10am-9pm, Fri 10am-10pm, Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 10am-7pm.
Triple P Discount Store Cigarette & 99 Cent Plus
501 Keystone Avenue – 775-324-0360 – (Keystone)
Open 9am-9pm daily.
480 East Main Street, Suite 220 – 775-291-6806 - (Fernley)
Open Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-3pm. Offering a widely eclectic mix of artful items and refined recyclables, including clothing, jewelry, decor, and furniture.
1503 South Virginia Street – 775-329-2711 – (Plumb Lane)
Open Mon-Sat 10am-6pm.
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