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Thrifted Thursday: Window Shopping on Retro Row, Long Beach

August 18, 2016

So a little while back, I found myself gallivanting on Retro Row in search of the perfect going-away gift for a colleague. This Thrifted Thursday is just a small fraction of all the amazing finds I discovered on Fourth Street in Long Beach. For starters, I immediately became enamored with the first image in this slideshow, the vintage eye chart from inretrospect. What a rare item! I told myself I was only shopping for my friend that day, but the thought of hanging the dynamic piece in my living room consumed me. I had to have it! So I went back the next day (thankfully no one had snatched it up!) and copped it. I was also happy to see that the stately Glenn Heath owl print was still on display at Retroda: Past and Present. Its smaller cousin (pictured in the slide after it) was at inretrospect, which was a pleasant surprise. Among the other items I contemplated breaking the bank for were some serious pieces of string art, a fun bucket hat from the now-defunct Marineland of the Pacific (think Sea World a decade before it was Sea World and in the affluent Palos Verdes area of Los Angeles), some kitschy scottie dog bookends and an amazing ’70s flower-power printed suitcase.

To see previous Thrifted Thursday rarities and good finds, click here.

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Thrifted Thursday: Window Shopping at Pasadena Antique Mall

October 29, 2015

I’ve been to Pasadena like three times in life. Nothing against the ‘Dena. It’s just so far away that I never visit, but this past weekend I found myself up there for the Bulletproof Conference at the Convention Center. And as fate would have it, the mall across the street houses the Pasadena Antique Mall — a vintage lover and collector’s dream. With about an hour to kill, I got lost in all the old-timey goodness that the shop offers.

Imagine being at a Goodwill that has all the greatest hits. That’s exactly what it’s like at the PAM (I don’t even know if that’s a thing but I just made it one. Boom!). Retro cigarette cases. Vintage cameras. Unusual maps and globes. Fine china. Antique spice jars. Well-maintained typewriters. Tons of them. I think I counted six that were in wonderful condition. Since I’m the daughter of a retired Marine, I was particularly impressed by the selection of rare military uniforms. Who would give that kind of thing away?

The Pasadena Antique Mall also had an abundance of one-off pieces. A bric-a-brac haven, if you will. I was particularly fond of the chalkboard that had images representing each letter of the alphabet around the perimeter. Oh, and the vintage dress form took me back. I wonder where it came from and what kinds of apparel were created on it. The weirdest find of the day? A taxidermy bat, mounted and framed next to other dead things. The moths and butterflies were beautiful though. You know you’re in a premium antique mall when you get that eerie, slightly morbid feeling. At least I do anyway.

Long story short, the next time you find yourself in the ‘Dena, stop by the PAM. You won’t be disappointed.

To see previous Thrifted Thursday rarities and good finds, click here.

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Thrifted Thursday: Birthday Thrift Crawl, Part II

July 23, 2015

I’m still smiling from my birthday thrift crawl! And great finds like these will ensure that I’ll be grinning for a long while. Up first is my favorite find of the day: this darling, one-of-a-kind framed, hand embroidered art piece ($6.29). It basically fell into my lap while perusing the art section at Savers. It was strewn on some shelf next to some generic frames and whispered sweet nothings to me. I’m glad I snatched up this rare gem — much to the disdain of my pal, Lauren.

See my other purchases from the day after the jump!

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A Little Help, Please (and Thank You)!

January 3, 2015

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Hey, friends! I’m in a thrift style challenge from the lovely Britt of reiNnvinty.fresh clothing! Would you help a sister out and like this picture of me on @vinty_fresh’s Instagram page? Here’s the direct link: http://instagram.com/p/xYCkviDby-/?modal=true

If I win, I’ll get a free thrifted outfit and a discount code for the new website.

The contest ends tomorrow — Sunday, January 4 at 12 p.m. Central/ 10 a.m. Pacific — so please vote today. And spread the word. Thanks so much for you support!

Outfit of the Day: I’m Lovin’ It

November 10, 2014

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“Ba-da-ba-ba-ba.” You may recognize this festive, vintage tee from a Thrifted Thursday. Yes, it’s true. I partied at McDonald’s as a kid, and the Mickey D’s turn up still continues from time to time. In fact, I had lunch there yesterday.

See more of this easy, breezy look after the jump!

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Thrifted Thursday: Window Shopping Along Retro Row, Long Beach

August 7, 2014

There’s no shortage of design inspiration and vintage envy on Retro Row (Fourth Street) in Long Beach. I recently stopped by the AIDS Assistance Thrift Store and the Feed Store, and saw some pretty rare items.

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I don’t hesitate to check out the art at thrift shops. The AIDS Assistance Thrift Store is known for its annual spring art sale, and apparently had some great pieces still available.

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Well, what do we have here? Yes, that would be a mirror etched with the Bee Gees’ likenesses! The “Legal Size” and arrows are a reflection from the box it’s placed inside. It was hard to use restraint (I told myself I was only there to look for stuff for my mom), but I did. On the off chance that it’s still there, it’s mine!

Keep reading to see what else struck my fancy that day.

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