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Pilsen shopping

The south side Chicago neighborhood is a thrifter’s paradise.
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Photograph: Jaclyn RivasArtesanias D�MexicoThis quaint shop with practically invisible signage doesn�t scream for attention, but venture inside and the bright yellow walls, painted flowers in every color of the rainbow, Mexican hats and Day of the Dead memorabilia will keep you coming back for more. Everything from the large seven-foot pots used as furnaces to the skeletal sculptures and the palm-sized miniature flowerpots is handmade in Mexico�and sold at wallet-friendly prices. 1644 W 18th St (312-563-9779).
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Photograph: Jaclyn RivasOxalaFormer gallery and ever-changing storefront Oxala is owned and managed by a darling man named Omar Valencia. He�ll guide you through contemporary Mexican artwork (including Barbie doll heads painted with Day of the Dead skeletal motifs) as well as handmade Mexican goods, such as a 100-percent alpaca wool sweater ($85) and jewelry made of stone and wood. 1651 W 18th St (312-850-1655).
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Photograph: Jaclyn RivasPilsen Vintage and ThriftLocal artists frequent this family-owned thrift store, which is the newly expanded home for artwork, vintage wares, buckets full of unique jewelry and chic dresses. Sitting next to an intricate pearl necklace in the jewelry box is a cute kitten brooch�just one of many examples of the unparalleled variety at this thrift sanctuary. 1430 W 18th St (312-523-5915).
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Photograph: Jaclyn RivasRex Recycled FashionUnlike most resale shops, Rex Recycled Fashion has done away with basic, trendy clothes found in chain retail stores in order to make room for lookbook-worthy statement pieces. Peruse racks of clothes and find treasures such as ties of every tasteful color and pattern you can think of, loud neon accessories and one-of-a-kind prints on baby doll dresses. 939 W 18th St (773-443-4600).
Knee Deep VintageIf you�ve got a vintage itch in dire need of scratching, Knee Deep Vintage is the place to go. Among the racks of clothes are standard vintage pieces. Hard-core thrifters will delight in the backroom selection of dresses dating all the way back to the 1930�s. 1425 W 18th St (312-850-2510).
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