I cannot talk about this topic enough. I absolutely adore going to thrift stores, flea markets, or just general vintage stores. There is something about finding a piece that is truly unique and beautiful. Or even just finding something that is an insanely good deal. If you have ever been fortunate enough to find something like this, you know the feeling. It’s pretty great right?
Now if you live in good ol’ Los Angeles, you’re lucky enough to shop in some spectacular stores. There are so many! I think you’re going to love shopping for your home once you start checking out these goodies.
If you’re looking for wax heads, taxidermy, or surgical equipment, then this is the place for you. It’s got all types of strange items for your home. If you’re looking for some truly unique accessories that will give your place the bizarre look you’ve been looking for, this shop is for you. Bearded Lady – Burbank, CA.
This Is Not IKEA, T.I.N.I., cute right? Well T.I.N.I. is a wondrous place. It’s in a great part of LA and has a store filled with a large amount of second-hand pieces. Great and wondrous second-hand pieces. It’s a little pricey, but it’s one of those places that you are completely incapable of leaving and not purchasing something. If you need furniture, art, or unique accessories, then just go. They have a piece for any style type. T.I.N.I. – Los Angeles, CA.
Melrose Trading Post
Oh this is such an amazing flea market! It’s been my favorite as long as I’ve lived in LA. It has the best jewelry and clothes, but of course it’s the furniture that I love the most. They have some great original pieces by local artists, but they have a vast amount of second-hand goodies. It’s grown quite a bit in size over the years, and the variety is wonderful. I’ve been lucky enough to find some beautiful area rugs, weird art, and my current favorite table lamp. They usually have entertainment and coffee available right in the middle of it all. So what I’m saying is, it’s amazing. Melrose Trading post – Los Angeles, CA. (every Sunday)
I go to this place a lot. Seriously, I can’t even tell you how many pictures I have of this one in my Instagram feed. It’s a mid-century modern mecca. They take previously used pieces and fix them up so that they’re ready and perfect or you to take home. I think the reason I love this shop so much is because of its prices. They’re items are always so beautiful you expect a much higher price tag. If you want a wow piece to go into your home, then I think you need to go to Sunbeam Vintage first. Sun Beam Vintage – Los Angeles, CA.
Shop Class LA
Another little spot that I think is worthy of multiple return visits is Shop Class LA. It is also mostly mid-century pieces, but they’re good pieces. It’s all nicely styled inside the space which makes it easier for shopping. I’m always drawn to their weird little accessories, but it’s all good. I swear. Shop class LA – Los Angeles, CA.
Pasadena Rose Bowl
This one is huge. I don’t just mean it’s big, I mean it’s huge! So you have to go with an agenda or else you will become overwhelmed and you may want to run away and hide. So when you go, make sure you know what you need so that you can keep an eye out for this. I’ve learned what when you go just to do some shopping, it gets a little difficult to make a real decision. I highly recommend you go and check out their furniture. They have something for every style you can think of and the sellers are always so good about making deals. Oh and if you want to turn something bizarre into a planter, well then this is the place for you. Rose Bowl Flea Market – Pasadena, CA. (2nd Sunday of every month)
St. Vincent DePaul
This is the absolute greatest for home decor and furnishings. It comes with two separate sections. One is the general thrift store that always has some great pieces. However it’s the special section devoted to home goods that makes it amazing. That, and the fact that it is probably the largest thrift store I have ever been in. Personally, it’s the inexpensive oil paintings that I go for most frequently. I have one beautiful eagle painting that you would no doubt drool over. Saint Vincent DePaul – Los Angeles, CA.
Artists and Fleas
This is a spot that reminds me of how much I love living in this area. The point of Artists and Fleas is to provide an environment for creative and artistic vendors to sell their items in a really fun and welcoming environment. It’s always new vendors and items to look at, which is always a good reason to keep returning. Mostly, they are careful about the vendors they choose to participate, so it’s a high level of quality and goods. It takes place in a really artsy area so it’s super eclectic and always a blast. You’ll love it. Artists and Fleas – Venice, CA. (1st and 4th Saturday of each month)
If you like anything but modern furniture, then this is the place for you. Oh and modern furniture? They have that too. I think it’s a great way to make your place truly have that eclectic feeling. They only carry second hand furniture, but they have plenty of it I tell you. You’ll find everything you can think of from desks, to headboards, to mirrors, to lamps. You will enter their 55,000 sq showroom and will instantly wonder why you hadn’t been there before. They have rows and rows of everything. Despite the size, it’s still really easy to look around and do your shopping. Just know that when you go you want to bring a large truck with you so that you can drive away with everything you need. Oh and the prices, those are even better than their selections. Wertz Brothers – Santa Monica, CA.
Written by Rhiannon Gillis. Rhiannon is a Los Angeles decorator and also writes for the blog Rhiannon’s Interiors.