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.
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