L.A. Secret Shopping Resources

Well, you asked for it.  Now you are going to get it.  This will be my first of a few shopping resources.  I’ll do a ‘L.A’., ‘New York’ and ‘Online/Big Box’.  

A lot of people are secretive with their sources, but when it comes to mainly vintage the more business they do the more they can buy, its not like they will run out of vintage, they will just be able to turn over more, and charge less.  And its a recession people.  A lot of these stores have suffered, so the more you help them the better.  Let’s put good design in the hands of the people.  It’s like i want to be the Trader Joe’s of design.   

Tell ‘em i sent cha.  The more stores feel like they are supported by a community, the happier they are.   These pics were all just taken by my phone while shopping, they aren’t amazing and don’t necessarily represent the best stuff, but at least you get a visual..i don’t have pics of all of them. Sorry.  

Here goes:  tweet, blog, etc as much as you want, lets give some awesome stores some business.  

45 three modern vintage – 50’s 60’s 70’s, french, regency, or just plain awesome.  Great prices, new inventory all the time and always colorful and fun. Staci has the same ADD that i do with design and is constantly painting walls, moving furniture, etc.  i get excited every time i go. And never leave without buying something.  1051 1/2 S. Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90019



Inheritance:  Mike’s store is really incredible.  Totally affordable accessories, and he styles his vignettes really beautifully.  Lot of turn of the century stuff, California, folk art, Native American, industrial….with some new stuff mixed in.  All one of a kind, and unique to LA.  Refreshingly masculine.  8055 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048-4517 {323} 658-6756  


Gibson:  Such amazing stuff. Definitely more ‘aspirational’ but really beautiful.  Masculine, insane artwork, just love it.  Can’t wait to afford it. 7350 Beverly Blvd.  Los Angeles, CA 90036  323-934-4248

Lawson Fenning: Incredible high end vintage and they have their own line.  Cheap? nope. But incredible.  And inspirational.  I would own everything in here.  Two locations: 1618 Silver Lake Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026-1332, (323) 660-1500 and 7257 Beverly Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90036 TEL 323 934-0048 

Tini:  A once a week favorite.  Alexis has a very good imagination and is a great picker, so he has everything from industrial, antique, morrocan, tons of kitsch, mod and mid-century.  Anything that is old with a sense of humor too (playboy puzzles, Family Ties posters, etc).  515 S. Fairfax Ave. 

 


Empiric:   Beautiful.  Modern and vintage and so well curated.  I go there for inspriation, and hope to buy one day.  7916 Beverly Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90048-4502 (323) 634-7323   These pics do not do it justice, just what i had on my computer. 

Bonita Interiors:  Upstairs in the Pasadena Antique Mall. Eclectic, Regency, African/Morrocan imports.  Angela has an incredible eye, but its not cheap….just great. 480 South Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, California 

Maison Midi – French Morrocan, mainly tabletop – plates, glasses, but with some pillows, furniture, accessories. When i was prop styling this was a weekly stop.  If you want to throw a chic party, check this place out. It’s really beautiful.

HD Buttercup: The amount of times this store has saved me is uncountable. Feel like buying a new sofa today and having it delivered in two days? yep, this is your store.  There is some that is expensive, but a lot that is affordable.   And its just a big mall of great pieces.  Some people call it the ABC Carpet and Home of LA, but its different. It has the same multi-vendor feel, but its not ABC.  Its great in its own right, though. 

Casa Victoria: Vintage, great lighting, furniture, case goods, accessories, chandeliers, all of it.  

Olde Good Things:  All found industrial out of old buildings. One in New York, too.  Not cheap, but not a fortune.    


Big Daddys’ antiques:  Its where i shopped during the kitschy loft episode.  Lots of beautiful found industrial pieces, huge bird-cages, french chairs, antique and repro.  And such a beautiful store off the beaten past. 

 

Pepe’s:  awesome credenza’s, dressers, shelving units. He builds anything custom. (213) 483-1049. 3204 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026, no web-site, and call for hours.

Sunset Bazaar:  Great mix of danish, regency,  70’s, vintage and antique.  Make sure to go downstairs, there is a whole second floor. 2508 West Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90026-3904 – (213) 353-0576  no web-site.

Duson:  Great mix of industrial/found objects, japanese, mid-century but expensive.  

Hernandez:  Art deco, mid-century to 80’s.  All vintage, not cheap but totally affordable (when you walk in you’ll think, god this must be inexpensive due to the layout…but it’s properly priced…he knows what he has).

6158 Santa Monica Blvd Los Angeles


White elephant vintage:  Down the street from Hernandez. You can get some steals here.  But also some not so good stuff.  no web-site and i couldn’t find the address, but its a blog away from Hernandez.

Santiago’s, Cruz’s, Angel’s and Noho Vintage:  Welcome to Lankershim BLVD in NOHO. These guys are the Mexican Vintage mafia. They are all related, and rule North Hollywood.  I love them all.  Total mix of antique, vintage, regency, danish, glam, rustic, spanish…..just everything.  They are the desert estate sale pros and they will work with you. 

Cruz Antiques. 5616 Lankershim Blvd.  (818) 762-1140.
Angel’s Antiques. 5630 1/3 Lankershim Blvd. No number listed.
Santiago’s Antiques Shop. 5645 Lankershim Blvd.  (818) 445-8410.
Zavco Fine Art & Antiques. 5657 Lankershim Blvd. (818) 766-8348.
Frank’s Antiques. 5659 Lankershim Blvd. (818) 762-4054.
NoHo Community Thrift Store. 5721 Lankershim Blvd. No number listed.

 


Design Modern:  Awesome vintage, looks like a junk store, but really great pieces. Some more affordable than others.

6057 Melrose Ave
Los AngelesCA 90038
Neighborhood: Mid Wilshire

(323) 466-0356

 

TL gurley.  In Pasadena, near the antique malls.  Great selection of Spanish, french, industrial, found.  ‘Aspirational’ but really inspirational and always different.  512 s. fair oaks, Pasadena, CA. 

 Sam Kaufman.  He’s on 1st dibs if that tells you anything.  But awesome stuff. More like a gallery than a store, but go just to see his beautiful iconic pieces. 7965 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048
USA

Phone: 323-857-1965


Plantation:  New , decorator-y but if you aren’t feeling like vintage shopping and want to be around pretty new things, its a good one. 

Tortoise: incredible japanese modern design.  Wish it wasn’t in Venice, but i always find great gifts/pottery/accessories here. 1208 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291 (MAP)
TEL & FAX: 310-314-8448

Mansour Moderne: BEAUTIFUL rugs.  But totally a fortune.  But if you are a fortunaire, go there.

A Oriental Rugs:  This guy has amazing persians at 1/2 the price as Mansour, but not as good of a selection and no, not quite as pretty.  But much more affordable (still starting at $1200 for an 8×10, don’t get any wrong ideas…its not cheap, just totally affordable for what you are getting)

1431 B Colorado Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 319-6510


Rolling Greens: plants, flowers, lots of ‘edison bulb-y’ stuff, rustic, french, more antiques than vintage.  With pretty books and pottery, too. 

Colcha:  Great mix of new stuff.  Roost, Moroccan, just pretty things in a pretty store on a pretty street. 

Grain:  Awesome selection of anything amazing that is vintage/antique. But ‘aspirational’.  Worth a stop, for sure.  

3135 Glendale Blvd
Los AngelesCA 90039

(323) 664-3130

LA Vintage Furnishings:  Beautiful store in a really secret location 4835 w. jefferson blvd, 323-730-9732 realy pretty art deco, mid-century, 70’s pieces.  

 

Cisco Home:  Very pretty, all Eco, big california comfort…for the wealthier.  I love it, but its ‘aspirational’.

 

  1. Is it me, or do you have WAY better vintage shopping in LA? NYC is SO DAMN EXPENSIVE!

    Anyway, who is going to volunteer to take me around LA when I come in june?!?

  2. CariStereo

    Ah, I wondered if you knew about grain (in my'hood) and of course you do!

    Now, when will we get a post of pics looking inside your clothes closet? ;)

  3. Shannon

    This makes me want to live in LA!!!!!

  4. Karen

    OMG, love! I wish I lived in LA, or NYC even. Do you have any Boston resources?

  5. Tara

    Uh – mazing. Will be coming back to this again and again. Thank you Emily!!!!

  6. Atomic Bears

    Thanks for this post! I live in LA so this is perfect.

  7. Michmann

    Printing this out and carrying it with me always!!! So great :)

  8. Thank you for sharing your resources, can't wait to get to use this one day!!

  9. sam

    Any DC help?

    Any sources would be great!
    :)

    (love the show)

  10. Emily, thanks for putting this list together! Is it wrong that my dream vacation is flying to Palm Springs, renting a truck, stopping in LA and driving home to Seattle?

    Speaking of Seattle, any chance of a pacific northwest list?

  11. O.M.G.

    The stuff you find is incredible!!! Thanks so much for this!

  12. TG

    Oh, Lord. This post is like a kiss from sweet baby Jesus! I just moved and have spent many an hour combing thru your blog looking for resources. So nice to have them all in one place! Thank you!

    I will, of course, drop your name at every shop.

  13. Jayme Young

    Now when I visit my son in LA, i know what I am doing. Thanks for the info. Wish you had some Nashville resources!! Love the show!

  14. Oh, I'm in Nashville too!! DesignSponge did a good Nashville shopping guide, Jayme Young, start there if you haven't already!

  15. LL

    This is gold, Emily. It's like a treasure map! I wish I actually lived in one of these cities, to take advantage. I eagerly await the Big Box blog. Although I troll those on a regular basis as is. Love the blue and white look at Target right now.

  16. Lindsay

    GOLD!!! Thank you, Emily. I cannot wait to start building my new google treasure map.

  17. Jane

    I purchased the vintage Japanese grasscloth you used in the Bohemian Chic (?) segment. Thanks to someone on HGTV message board who gave me the source. I am using it in an elevator lobby with white vintage Chinese console and looking for a lemon yellow lamp.,…there is one in the blog picture from 45 Three Modern Vintage…going to call them tomorrow to see if I can locate it. Thanks

  18. Cynthia

    OMG!!! Thank you so much for sharing so many amazing secrets! Can't wait to check these places out… You're the best!!!

  19. Gwen

    Just wanted to let you know that Cisco Home has an outlet in Manhattan Beach. I picked up a fabulous pillow for $45. Most items appear to be 40-60% off.

  20. Melissa

    I know you are new to the business and LA but there is a reason we don't spill our secret places. You just gave away all of my LA secret vintage shops. The busier these guys get the harder it will be for people like you and me to find great treasures for our clients… Not a smart move. Designers are getting more and more obsolete and doing this is just a novice move, even though it may seem helpful to you now.

  21. Rae

    I second Karen's request for Boston resources. Or, if you have Brimfield experience, I would love to have some tips for approaching (attacking? surviving?) Brimfield. I find it so overwhelming that I have left after an hour with visual overload. Thanks for all of your tips.

  22. noooo, i thought white elephant could be my little secret forever!!! well, not really, and i'm happy you posted this so i have a few new spots to explore.

  23. Ok, AMAZING! Last week, your show totally inspired me to go antique shopping and oh boy, did I go to the wrong places. But these are all the places I wished I would have gone! Thank you so much for this awesome list!

  24. Katie

    Thank you so much for sharing all of your sources! I was always trying to catch the name of the places you went in on your show, so thanks for doing this post. I am planning a day in LA!

  25. Emily,
    first of all, I absolutely love your show on HGTV. Your design sense is so up my alley. I love that you always mix vintage with modern. That's my life's purpose ; )

    Thank you so much for sharing your sources. I especially love that you are so willing to give people your secret spots, especially when it comes to vintage. So many people are afraid to give away their sources for vintage – in fashion and home decor. It's so nice to see someone coming from a mindset of abundance. Good for you!

    My husband and I are in escrow right now – a 1952 traditional home. We are already bickering about how to combine our style. We both love vintage, but I want something more "designed" versus a time capsule. I'm definitely going to use your blog and show to show him the way!

  26. Thank you thank you Emily! I will hold on to and cherish this list forever!!

  27. Mark

    Emily! You are the awesomest! Living in the greater LA area, when my wife and I watch your show, we are always wanting to know where these shops are so we can check them all out. It's kind of like the kid in the toy store sometimes, we have to pull ourselves out kicking and screaming, but now that I know where these places are, I can guarantee that our next visit to LA is going to be called, "The Emily Henderson vintage shopping tour,Yay!!" Thanks again!!

  28. julieta

    Emily,

    You are not only an amazing interior designer but also generous. Your sources are a treasure! thanks! I just wish all toe LA stores were in NY instead.
    designintake.blogspot.com

  29. Lindsay

    I wonder if this White Elephant is the same as the Chicago White Elephant.

  30. LAThrifter

    You are giving away my secrets :)

    Looove the shops you listed!! I'd like to add MidCentury LA in North Hollywood (http://www.silicathree.com).

    Prices are high, but the quality of each piece is exceptional!! They do an incredible job restoring and refinishing! I haven't purchased anything here yet, but I can spend hours browsing through the aisles of gorgeous Scandinavian furniture. When I want that perfect piece and have the moolah – I'll come here first.

    I got some fabulous Jens Risom chairs from one of the stores on Lankershim in NoHo, and I frequent that place and find great stuff every time!

  31. Tia

    Emily, I just love you and your show!
    From one L.A. girl to another- thank you for not being selfish and sharing your sources :)

    If you're ever up in the Beachwood Canyon neighborhood and feel to need to decorate something, my apartment could use your help!

  32. mfeo

    Great post! We hope to be on her list one day. ;)

  33. Anna

    Can't wait to see the NY one!!!!! Would love to see a SF / bay area one too :)

  34. Lucie

    So surprised there was no mention of the antique row on 4th street in Long Beach. There are at least 4 stores in 2 blocks that carry mostly mid century. If you're in the nab you should check it out.

  35. Oh, and Henry Road is a lovely store. You should check it out.

  36. Great list! I have to politely disagree with Melissa about sharing your sources being a bad thing. Ultimately we just want these places with unique styles to keep selling things so that we have them around when we need them. I grumble when my favorite brunch places get hip and busy…then say a quiet prayer at night that they are still around, especially as the recession drags on. I love Target, but I don't want big box stores to be my only option.

    And the upper-end clientele will keep coming. I'm just not secretive, I guess. Share the love and it comes back to you. Support the local guy.

    Thanks for taking the time out of your insane schedule to blog about this!

  37. michelle

    I look forward to the NYC list! I can't wait to shop.

  38. I love your show on HGTV and happened upon it the other day while working from home, needless to say didn't get too much work done, but got tons of inspiration!

    Great list! I'll literally be ticking down it to furnish my new apartment :)

  39. Fabulous list and the photos are great! Artspace Warehhouse totally loves our neighbor Gary Gibson's selection. Always something new and fabulous to discover. Super nice staff, too. Stop by Artspace Warehouse to add affordable art into your shopping cart. A densely populated space with pieces from abstract to urban, all original, makes this art gallery next to Gary Gibson the trendiest place to prettify your space. . These trend-setters in international contemporary art are all social media too on Twitter and Facebook.

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  42. Vintage is very nice and i am really happy to read this fashion blog actually i am online customer like to buy shopping from online.Jewelry is always my favorite.I buy jewelry from online as i effort.

  43. NS

    Hi! LOVE this list of yours, but looking for the NY shopping resources you mentioned you would share. Can’t find the post – did you ever have time to do it?
    thanks a million.

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