MY FAVORITE LA VINTAGE SHOPPING SPOTS

This is what you get from me in lieu of one of those perfectly curated and utterly tasteful "Holiday His & Hers Gift Guides," which I've NEVER in the history of my blogging career had it together enough to post.  I generally feel like I'm juggling so many balls in the air that I hardly know what I'm going to buy my own giftees, let alone what you should buy yours.  It's that era in life I guess ... small children, burgeoning career, etc.  Maybe someday it'll slow down and I'll catch my breath (yeah, when does that happen ... retirement?  Hopefully not.  In all honestly I have big goals to slow down and breath more in 2015.) 

So this is what I've got for you instead!  A long-promised compilation of all my favorite vintage and thrift store shopping stops in LA.  Just in time to buy your beloved a semi-functional and only slightly tarnished mid-century chandelier, a vintage nude oil painting of some person you don't know at all, or simply the perfect side chair.  Am I the only one who yearns for such things?


This list doesn't include all of LA's great vintage shopping (and never forget the Rose Bowl Flea Market please), but it is all of the spots that are on my regular circuit.  I'm an east sider, so these places are situated accordingly.  And of course, please tell them I sent you!

The key to much of my vintage shopping is to be able to hit a few shops in one stop.  Because that's just good time management people, not to mention how pleasant (opposite) parking in LA can be.  To park once and shop twice or thrice makes me a very happy girl. 

My Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood stop ...

Hernandez Furniture & Appliance
6208 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90038  
323.962.7821
Big selection.  Not one of those places where you'll score Baughman for nothing.  They know what they have.  But it's generally fair and way less expensive than if you headed further west.  (No official website, but good they're good about their tumblr and instagram feeds.)




*NOTE: Daddy Hernandez's son has just branched out and opened his own storefront a few doors down from the original, between Hernandez and White Buffalo.  I don't even know the name yet, I was there recently chatting with him when he was just getting it set up.  So that's 3 shops for one parking spot.  So far so good!

White Buffalo Furniture
6124 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90038
323.469.8432
A block or two down from Hernandez, this actually is one of those places where you can still score genuine mid-century design for cheap.  Often good for dressers, credenzas, etc. A lot of my pieces have come from here over the years.  They'll bargain a bit.  (Definitely no website ... these guys are a well-kept secret ... although the word seems to be getting out on Yelp.)




My Sunset Blvd trifecta in Silverlake ...

Daisy's Market 
3216 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026
323.665.8940
This looks like a typical hole-in-the-wall Mexican grocery, but don't be fooled.  Half the space is loaded with vintage furniture.  The Senora who has owned it forever is named Maria (I think Daisy is her daughter's name?)  I've scored great stuff over the years.  Generally more traditional or regency-style antiques and less mid-century.  Fair prices and she'll bargain.


Casa Victoria 
3212 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026 
323.644.5590
www.casavictoriala.com
Right next door to Daisy's is this very pretty antique shop.  Ultra nice people who know what they've got, thus it's pricier than the two funky stores that flank it, but it's also a better curated collection of goodies.  The other two spots are total wild cards. 
 


El Torito Thrift
3210 1/2 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles CA 90026 
323.661.4088
Next door to Casa Victoria.  This dusty little spot is a jumble of rusty old appliances and furniture piled to the ceiling, but that's the way I like it, cuz that's where the deals are!



 My Sunset Blvd in Echo Park stop ...

Sunset Bazaar
2508 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90023
213.353.0576
www.sunsetbazaar.org
Been coming here forever.  Scored my rad mid-century Italian living room light fixture here for $50!  But that was a few years ago and they've become more savvy about what they've got.  Still, nice mid-century and regency stuff, with deals to be had.  They've also started making pretty decent reproductions of mid-century casegoods.  Don't forget to take the back stairs down to the lower level!



Pepe's 
2504 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles CA 90026
213.483.1549
Right next door to Sunset Bazaar is this similar (if slightly less polished) vintage store hawking mostly mid-century and mid-century reproductions.  Pepe is not a popular personality on Yelp, but I've bought tons of stuff from him over the years.  His reproduction furniture isn't always A-grade, but you might be very happy with it for the price you'll pay.


St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store
210 N Avenue 21 Los Angeles, CA 90031
323.224.6280
This place has been called the Costco of thrift stores, and I agree.  It's an enormous warehouse in Lincoln Heights on the edge of downtown.  Giant furniture selection, obviously not curated at all, but you never know what you'll find!



Revival Furniture
181 North Avenue 21 Los Angeles CA 90031
323.222.6069
Tiny place with a random selection of mid-century kitsch.  Check it out, especially because it's right across the street from St Vincent, so we're sticking with our 1 stop 2+ shops rule!



My San Fernando Rd stops ...

Out Of The Closet Superstore
2425 N San Fernando Rd Los Angeles, CA 90065
323.223.0838
Heading home from St Vincent's I usually take San Fernando Rd to hit two more large thrift stores.  It's always a crap shoot, but this particular one for some reason has been consistently good to me!


Goodwill at Fletcher Square
3150 San Fernando Rd Los Angeles, CA 90065
323.223.1211
This is a new giant Goodwill community center with two thrift store areas.  It's where I go to get 50 cent hardcover books when I need lots of shelf filler.  Seriously, this is a good tip people!  All the other thrift stores charge $1-$5 per book which adds up when you need a ton of them.


Those are all my usual haunts.  Happy trolling!


HOLIDAY FLORAL INSPIRATION: SUMPTUOUS, SATURATED JEWEL TONES

You guys how amazing are these rich color combos and stunning tablescapes!?  

I'm busy busy right now getting out furniture shipments and installing a couple big projects in time for the holidays, but I couldn't resist sharing this beautiful imagery with you.  

I'm as enamored with all these rich colors as I am with the myriad words we have for them (I've told you before how much I love the language of color) ... crimson, claret, ruby, eggplant, vermillion, scarlet, magenta, violet, aubergine, maroon, burgundy, fuchsia, garnet, blush, cranberry, purple, lilac, mauve, mulberry, pomegranate, carmine, russet, cerise, amethyst ... (ok yes, I broke out the thesaurus, but only at the very end!!)

The deep, moody colors lend themselves so well to Autumn and Winter flower arrangements.  Consider sprucing up your standard red and white holiday bouquets with some of these pretty hues, and don't skip the produce section either.  Artichokes, red and purple grapes, pomegranates, citrus, purple cabbage, kale, and cauliflower, and all the woodland berries make fabulous floral accompaniments, as you'll see ...

(all photos via here)














































 And that, my friends, is truly a feast for the eyes.

 

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