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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 Angeles,  CA 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

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 Angeles,  CA 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’.


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