A Very Thrifty Miami Christmas: Out of the Closet's Fabulous, Funny Gifts

​There's nothing subtle about the name Out of the Closet. It's a thrift store! Of course you'll find things that belong in a closet there. Duh.

Out of the Closet stores seem to have popped up on every one of South Florida's corners these days. The California chain isn't just a place to buy old shoes. Income generated at the thrift store helps fund medical services provided by AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Maybe the absolute most functional thing about Out of the Closet is that it doubles as a pharmacy, so you can buy laxatives, Riccola, and get a free HIV test at most locations.

It's the season of giving, and as a child of the '80s, we remember the AIDS crisis. So, we marched over to the store on Biscayne to see what we could buy ourselves. Oh, yeah, and to pick up a few surprises buried in the closet for our family and friends.

A Very Thrifty Miami Christmas: Out of the Closet's Fabulous, Funny Gifts

Nestled amongst the Julio Iglesias and Perry Como, we spotted this holiday gem. Dude, who doesn't want Great Songs of Christmas by Great Artists of Our Time in vinyl? It's got Babs, it's got Bing. Johnny Mathis and Mahalia Jackson even belt out tunes on this baby. It's just the thing for the young man who is nerdily riddled with nostalgia for a time he never knew or for that elder-lover in your life.

A Very Thrifty Miami Christmas: Out of the Closet's Fabulous, Funny Gifts

The Christmas albums were seasonally appropriate, but Taylor Dayne, she works all year round. You can't buy this "Tell It to My Heart" at Out of the Closet though, because it's rotating on our turntable right now. Jealous? This would have been a great present for your friend who threatens to be Taylor Dayne every Halloween (uhm) but doesn't because no one younger than 30 remembers her.

A Very Thrifty Miami Christmas: Out of the Closet's Fabulous, Funny Gifts

Uh, hullo, Sex and the City VHS set. Yes please. Everyone's moving on to Blu-Ray, but VHS works just fine, thank you. The complete third season is fitting for any woman or gay in your life who once mused that they were a little like Carrie, or maybe Samantha, or maybe Charlotte. And regarding the VHS: The unemployment rate is 8.6%. They'll understand.

A Very Thrifty Miami Christmas: Out of the Closet's Fabulous, Funny Gifts

It might sound crazy, but it's hard to find a decent set of colorful balls around this town. A recent trip to Target and Marshall's revealed nothing quite as fantastic as these great big, round, shinny babies. They've appropriately got a rainbow assortment of colored spheres over at Out of the Closet. These are the perfect gift for your tree.



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