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Looking for a one-of-a-kind hand-embroidered bag? In the market for an over-the-top chandelier made from elegant flea market finds? On the hunt for the perfect wedding gift or yet another cute little clutch? Look no further than the people behind the counters at Philadelphia’s most unique shops. Chances are they own the place.

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  • Art Star

    A cutting-edge craft shop in Northern Liberties

    Original designs fill the space at Art Star

    Art Star, a gallery and boutique in the artistic Northern Liberties community.

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  • Urban Outfitters

    Hometown of the popular clothing and houseware chain

    People head to this bi-level shop for all-things urban cool, including men’s and women’s fashions, as well as funky housewares. The store receives many of the chain’s most up-to-date items, thanks to the fact that its headquarters calls Philly home.

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  • The Last Word Bookshop

    Meander through stacks of used books

    The Last Word deals in used books ranging from popular novels to out-of-print history books—all protected by Lester, a former stray cat who entertains customers by climbing the bookshelves.

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  • House of Our Own Bookstore

    Quiet, comfortable bookstore on the edge of campus

    This bookshop focuses on cultural studies, history, literary criticism and social science. Located in a quiet, comfortable Victorian house on the edge of the Penn campus, the well-organized store showcases new volumes on the first floor and used titles on the second.

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  • Philly AIDS Thrift

    A treasure hunter’s delight

    Cooler than the average charity secondhand store, this chock-full venue sells gently used everything at very low prices for a very good cause. Neighbors who stop by to drop off donations often can’t help but pick up a few things on their way out.

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  • Eyes Gallery

    A rainbow of Latin American arts, crafts and jewelry

    Julia Zagar, the wife of prolific mosaic muralist Isaiah, operates this destination for Latin American crafts. Religious iconography, sterling-silver jewelry, hand-woven blankets and folk art fill the place from floor to ceiling. And her husband’s work adorns the outside of the shop, along with many other facades in and around South Street.

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  • Silica Galleries

    Art of glass

    Representing and promoting sculptors with a concentration in glass, Silica displays and sells contemporary vases, sculptures, jewelry, accessories, wall hangings and furniture.

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  • Random Tea Room and Curiosity Shop

    Indulge your curiosities

    The international brews at this charming little cafe include 40 different artisanal teas and house-blended herbal infusions.

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  • R.E.Load

    Customizable hand-sewn bags for road warriors

    Philadelphians pack fashionably with stylized messenger bags, wallets, tees and more designed by the R.E.Load team.

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  • Dylan Gallery

    Fine art on the Piazza

    This Piazza-located gallery focuses on architectural, functional and fine art, including furniture, housewares and jewlery.

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  • Architectural Antiques Exchange

    Get lost in the past

    All the antique pieces one would need to furnish, decorate or rehab their old home can be found in this massive 30,000-square-foot warehouse.

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