Thrift Town (I assume it's the same as the old one) is now on Menaul between Carlisle and Washington.
Abq is definitely creative!
For crafty people/places, try various shops, such as Papers! at Central/Carlisle for weekend paper and bookmaking classes. I've also seen similar things offered occasionally at local stained glass shops. UNM offers continuing ed classes with one-day workshops in crafty things, but the classes are usually way more expensive than the ones that shops offer. I think those would work great for meeting people. I've found that a lot of Abq people are a little bit quiet about their artsy inclinations - once you get to know them, it turns out that almost everyone has a hobby or two.