These Treasures From Thick as Thieves Are a Steal!
Written By: Crystal Harrell
Photography Provided By: Jeremy Smick Thick as Thieves
Husband-and-wife duo Jeremy Smick and Samantha Caltagiron bring a unique blend of antiquated quirkiness and industrial style to Palm Springs at Thick as Thieves. Established in 2017, the shop carries a variety of handmade goods, clothing, gifts, oddities and unique finds. With a mission to share their curated collection of goods with the community, the owners spill seven of their most treasured products.
1 | Palo Santo Bundle
Smick explains, “We carry Palo Santo, which is one of our best sellers. We start the day off by lighting that every time we come in to the store because it’s good for clearing away bad energy and promoting positivity.”Exp 5/17
2 | Palm Springs Mini Pennant
“Our Palm Springs pennant is another popular selection,” says Smick. “We designed it in-house and worked with a company called Oxford Pennant based out of New York. It has a cute little design and is the perfect souvenir.”
3 | Palm Springs City Tee
“The Palm Springs City Tee is a t-shirt that we personally hand-dye with natural dye. Every shirt is like a work of art in the sense that no two are exactly the same. We get them printed at a local place called Windmill City,” Smick says.
4 | Joshua Tree Coffee
“We sell Joshua Tree Coffee; it’s roasted about 45 minutes away from us in the High Desert, but it’s still local,” Smick notes. “It’s a great way for people to take a taste of their trip home with them.”Exp 5/15
5 | Joshua Tree Candle
“Our Joshua Tree candles are hand-poured locally and are constantly burning in our store,” Smick went on to say. “Our top seller is campfire…it’s in high demand.”
6 | Aloe + Rosewater Facial Mist
“A favorite [apothecary item] of mine has been our aloe and rosewater spray,” explains Caltagirone. It’s super calming and can double as a face mist or a room spray. It is hand-bottled here in Palm Springs, and all the packaging is recyclable.”
7 | African Mud Cloth
“One of our favorite items that we’ve carried ever since Thick as Thieves first opened are our African mud cloths. Each piece is hand-dyed in Africa. They are really cool pieces of art that can easily be added to a room to instantly create a hip vibe,” Caltagirone says.
Smick and Caltagirone were inspired to open Thick as Thieves after friends would come over to their home and take note of their ornate decorating style—even commenting that if the couple owned a store, they would definitely shop there.
Always on the lookout for furniture pieces and decor that tell a story, the couple often frequents thrift stores and antique fairs to find one-of-a-kind pieces from different eras.
Their returning customers and growing the reach of their brand are the greatest rewards of starting their business. “We have customers who return to Palm Springs specifically to visit our store, and we love it,” says Caltagirone.
Born and raised in the Coachella Valley, Crystal Harrell is a Communication-Media Studies graduate from California State University, San Bernardino. She has contributed to various publications within Greater Palm Springs, such as The Desert Sun newspaper, Coachella Magazine, CV Weekly, Desert Health, and After School Magazine, as well as creating content for the Los Angeles Times' High School Insider website. When she's not writing, Crystal enjoys traveling, photography, fashion, and all things film.