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Thrifted Thursday: Window Shopping on Retro Row, Long Beach

February 9, 2017

This Thrifted Thursday is a snapshot of a recent stroll through my old stomping grounds: Retro Row in Long Beach. It had been a minute since I stopped by my personal haven of secondhand scores. The first five snapshots in this slideshow were taken at the Assistance League Thrift Shop, perhaps the most under-rated store on the block, but by far my favorite. I saw a couple of pieces that channeled my inner working woman circa 1980 and said “What up tho?!” to my girl, Liz Claiborne. The contrasting brown and cream leathers made it hard to pass up, but I’ve gotta slow down on buying duplicates of items I already own or that are too similar in style. Another find that was extra hard to turn away from was the vintage wicker picnic basket. I’m a collector, but the $20 price tag was a little steep, considering the handle was slightly warped. It was a sight to behold no less, as was its mini counterpart that I spied resting in the shelf underneath. My friend Fifi bought the tiny basket, which would make a super cute lunch bag or an even edgier handbag, for her sweet little niece. Inside were these itty-bitty ceramic tea cups and saucers. So darling! As my trek down the block continued, I saw some exquisite framed tapestries, the most adorable vintage typewriters, an ultra authentic Western blouse and the pièce de résistance … a VHS copy of Michael Jackson’s “Moonwalker.” You have no idea how many Saturday mornings were spent dancing and singing along to this gem of modern cinema in the Ratcliff household during the early ’90s.

You’ll see the great finds that I purchased that day in next week’s Thrifted Thursday. Until then, to see previous Thrifted Thursday rarities and good finds, click here.

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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.

ashley ♥ adores

Thrifted Thursday: Great Home Decor (And More) While Window Shopping on Retro Row, Long Beach

May 12, 2016

Retro Row, I just can’t quit you! This Thrifted Thursday chronicles yet another jaunt down Retro Row in my city — this time capturing some sweet pieces of home decor I spotted. Click through the slideshow to see all the finds that spoke to me that day. Most of them were one-of-a-kind gems, which, of course, are my jam. Take for instance this cookie jar. I love that it has the qualifier of “today” on it. Have a happy day? I get the sentiment, but when you add “today,” it makes it feel personal. This piece would fit nicely on a shelf in a mud room, a place that you pass through daily to appreciate its charm. Call me crazy, but I’m a fan of taxidermy insects and butterflies. The one pictured in this slideshow may even be dipping into moth territory. Anyway, it’s a beautiful piece that highlights a beautiful creature. Perhaps the most nonconventional piece in this post is the bowl of matchbooks. Clearly, this is a means for this particular thrift shop — Retroda: Past and Present — to store its expansive collection. But when you step back and look at it, this could be a fun design element for any living space. Place a bowl full of matchbooks on top of a coffee table, and add a few candles of varying heights. Boom! Statement piece. And then there’s the framed business cards of historical women figures throughout the ages (#girlpower!), which could also get visitors talking, as well as the vintage framed artwork. I live for it!

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

ashley ♥ adores

Thrifted Thursday: The ’80s Called (and More) While Window Shopping on Retro Row, Long Beach

April 28, 2016

So many thrift shops on Retro Row were giving me “I love the ’80s” vibes that I had to highlight all the awesomeness in this Thrifted Thursday post. For starters, this retro vinyl from The Boystown Gang, though featuring disco samples, just screams 1983 with the characters’ edgy haircuts and futuristic sunshades a la LeVar Burton’s Geordi La Forge in “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Very special. You know, lots of amazing things come from that decade, most importantly me (born in 1984, y’all!), pull-down classroom maps (modeled beautifully here by my pal Briana), film cameras, “DuckTales,” fine leather goods, typewriters — the list goes on and on. Click through the slideshow to see all the finds that spoke to me that day. Speaking of typewriters, the super-cute teal Sears Constellation machine was quite a steal at only $60. And it still works! Being the lovely daughter that I am, I went back and bought it for my mom. Now I’m on the hunt for another one just like it for myself. Perhaps my favorite item from the day was the brown leather purse. The detail on it is impeccable, with the roses and the horse and the braided rope. It’s definitely the one that got away!

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

ashley ♥ adores

Thrifted Thursday: Window Shopping Down Retro Row, Long Beach — Owls Edition 

April 7, 2016

Owls are the bee’s knees, my friends! There’s something so regal and stately and inquisitive about these predatory birds that draws me to them. Oh, and any species that devours rodents (they’re THE absolute worst) is a friend of mine! The past couple of strolls down Retro Row in Long Beach have provided plenty of owl eye candy, so this Thrifted Thursday is devoted to those majestic birds. Click through the slideshow to see them all! From cups, to piggy banks, to jars, to paintings of all varieties, there were owls just about everywhere I looked. Fun fact: My colleague has the same blue owl print hanging in her office. So I was delighted to see that her owl has a companion (the one looking like it’s hugging itself). Hopefully the pair will be reunited soon. One of the store clerks from Retroda: Past & Present informed me that the artist (whose name escapes me) also has some pretty cool sculptures that look remarkably different from his paintings. That’s what I love about shopping local. You get to meet your neighbors and learn random facts. It’s awesome. There’s lots to see and explore down on Retro Row. Don’t miss out!

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

ashley ♥ adores

Thrifted Thursday: Finds From My First Time at La Bomba’s “The Pile,” Long Beach — Part II

March 31, 2016

The saga continues in this Thrifted Thursday! As promised, I present to you the rest of the rarities I acquired during my first encounter with “The Pile” at La Bomba on Retro Row. I was pretty jazzed about this retro Bugle Boy pullover ($5). So many things you can tuck into that pocket. This sweater’s a great teal color, which reminds me … I need to cop a pair of retro Reebok Pumps to match. I love, love, love that the tagline on the tag reads “Fashion At Its Best.” I definitely concur!

See what else I got my hands on after the jump.

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Thrifted Thursday: Finds From My First Time at La Bomba’s “The Pile,” Long Beach — Part I

March 24, 2016

This Thrifted Thursday, I highlight some of the great finds I made off with while out thrifting down Retro Row in my city. A few gal pals and I stopped in to La Bomba on a random Saturday and were curious about the commotion happening on the shop’s back ratio. We weren’t ready for what awaited us. Picture this: A ginormous pile of clothes (sweaters, dresses, pants, button-downs, costumes, leather jackets — you name it) stacked to the sky. OK, it wasn’t too crazy. Probably six feet high. But still. It was a sight to behold. So many questions came to mind, but the best thing for us to do was to stop overthinking it, and jump right in. Literally. So we did! We were delighted to discover that most everything in the pile was $5; coats were $10. Not too shabby.

Continue reading to see what else I snatched up that fateful day!

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Thrifted Thursday: Finds Spotted Down Retro Row, Long Beach

March 17, 2016

This Thrifted Thursday I provide just a glimpse of the great thrift finds I spotted while out on Retro Row in Long Beach. You don’t need the luck of the Irish (it’s St. Patrick’s Day, in case you missed it) to get your hands on some great finds while getting your secondhand shop on. You just have to open your eyes and explore. Pro tip: Check the displays. Sometimes the trinkets spotted on shelves are there to show off the owner’s interior decorating prowess, but you’d be surprised at how many of those quirky, one-of-a-kind items are actually for sale. Don’t be shy! If you see something, you fancy, ask about it. Anyway, click through the slideshow to see a handful of gems I came across during that recent thrift store jaunt.

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

ashley ♥ adores

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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Thrifted Thursday: Neutral Purses from Salvation Army and Retro Row, Long Beach

July 24, 2014

It’s not often that I go thrift shopping for others, but I had birthday gifts to acquire for two very important ladies in my life: my mom and my pal, Zita. Purses were something I knew these women needed and could appreciate. And man was it hard not copping some items for myself! Can you believe I stayed strong and made it out with nary a find for my own closet? Yay self-control!

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Momma needs a new bag! No, really, my mother needed a better purse — one with plenty of pockets and compartments to organize all the clutter of her previous handbag. This canvas-colored satchel ($9.99) is kinda briefcase-like, but I couldn’t resist snatching it up. Although I really contemplated keeping it for myself (it’s that fancy), I knew it would be in much better hands with my mom. Good looking out as always, Salvation Army.

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You know I really have to love someone to pass up on a perfectly good Liz Claiborne bag ($7). Love you, Mom! I found this muted little number tucked away in a pile of purses at the Assistance League Thrift Shop on Retro Row. This will come in handy when Mom is packing light, perhaps to a lunch meeting.

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Zita came to mind when I discovered this woven, tan clutch with gold detail ($2) at the AIDS Assistance Thrift Store, also on Fourth Street. I knew it would be a welcome addition, since weeks prior I let her borrow one of my clutches while out on the town. This spectacular steal is fitting for the current season (it exudes a certain tropical vibe) and can go with just about anything. Dress it up or down, go from day to night — run wild!

Grand total: $18.99