Those who know me best, know that I am somewhat obsessed with vintage shopping... Oh, who am I kidding, I am totally and utterly obsessed with vintage shopping. I guess you could say I am kinda the, "unofficial op-shop queen."
When it comes to travel, one of my favourite things to do is hunt for the best vintage and thrift stores. So, last night I spent my evening on the couch with Sex and The City, whilst I Googled to find some of Los Angeles most loved op-shops.
My search had taken me to a place called La Brea. According to Google, La Brea is a north/south thoroughfare in the city of Los Angeles and from what I experienced is home to a particular ethnic community and has an extremely hip vibe. The main strip, La Brea Avenue, is home to what I assume are some of Los Angeles best vintage and non-vintage clothing stores, cafes, and restaurants.
So first and foremost, vintage aside, I started my day at the famous La Brea Bakery for a sweet treat to give me loads of energy for loads of shopping. (Balance?) If you're a Chef's Table fan like me, this bakery is a must. You have to try their pastries - delish!
Okay, back to vintage... After my tastebuds and tummy were satisfied, I wandered up the street and began searching for treasures. The first couple of vintage stores I came across were both very similar to one another. They had a very strong "era" vibe. Think 1920's, 1950's, 1970's style and more, with a really steep price tag. Money aside, it's always fun to have a peek anyway.
After I admired the many eras of clothing, I strolled along La Brea Avenue North and stumbled across American Rag. As soon as I walked in, I knew it was my kinda vintage store... Fur coats, leather, denim, 80's t-shirts, 80's jackets and more. I had to contain myself from trying on the entire shop... That's the thing about vintage shopping - trying on is key to finding things you love! I tried on a few coats and jackets and ended up walking out with two new additions to my wardrobe and a very big grin on my face - success!
American Rag had put me in high hopes for the next place to deliver. Across the street, I saw "Buffalo Exchange - New and Recycled Fashion." Buffalo Exchange is famous for its hip thrift store vibe. This store had A LOT of racks to sift through and from what I gathered, is THE place to get vintage t-shirts. Harley Davidson shirts, vintage band shirts, tourist shirts and more in all shapes and sizes... you get the picture? After searching through the many many racks of clothing, I left with an old school 1998 Universal Studios t-shirt and felt extremely satisfied with my purchase.
Today was my first time searching for treasures in the magical land of Los Angeles and it most certainly won't be my last. If you're ever in L.A. and you're a vintage lover like me, head to La Brea - you will not be disappointed!
*Blog to show off the goodies I found on my hunt to come*