I’ve been shopping at Sunbeam vintage for years and during the HGTV show I bought A LOT of furniture there. It’s close to where we live and their inventory is huge and changes constantly. You can go all the time and never know what you’ll get – which is what makes these stores very addictive and turns us into repeat customers, right?
I’m always nervous to give vintage spots away to y’all for fear that they’ll get swamped and then not have any good stuff left for me. But Ebee’s resources are insane – I swear she has 30 new pieces a day. Plus I want them to succeed. So here you go:
Sunbeam Vintage, Highland Park, Los Angeles
1. How long have you been in business and how did you get started?
7 years — started out of my loft on Craigslist. That’s how I met Emily!
2. Why did you choose this location to open your business?
Highland Park is rich in history and art. It was up-and-coming years ago and I could see that.
3. How would you describe your store’s style/aesthetic?
Mad Men meets Oh Joy!
4. Where did you get your name from and what other names did you consider?
Originally Modcrib LA, now Sunbeam Vintage, based on the theatre that resided here.
5. What types of items are your best sellers? (i.e. brands, specific pieces, etc.)
rizzbizzle Coffee Tables, custom credenzas, and any storage item.
6. What item do you have in the store now that you would want to have in your home?
7. What have you been inspired by lately? (colors, styles, themes, locations, etc.)
Dark blue and gold, and anything brass or copper.
8. Is there something you thought would sell really well but didn’t?
All inclusive bar/bookshelf/media center! I have one in my house and it’s so practical!
9. Where do you mainly source your items from?
Umm, that’s a secret! Pickers, estates…my garage.
10. What was the first big lesson you learned from opening your store?
Listen to your customers. Keep a “want” book and look through that regularly! That’s what sells.
11. What would your one piece of advice you would give to small businesses ?
Don’t take it personal! Learn and move on. It’s easy to take criticism to heart when you put all of your heart and soul into your business.
12. What stores do you shop at?
Luxelust in Highland Park, St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store in Lincoln Heights, The Antique Mall in Pasadena
13. Do you have any plans to expand your inventory?
Absolutely. We are working on new furniture designs with rizzlebizzle Coffee Tables.
14. What trends, if any, are you tired of?
Shabby chic and earth tone everything — so boring.
Here are some of my favorites:
You KNOW I love a wooden bust.