While we're all for an Anthropologie or West Elm-ed out home, we know, deep down, that the real way to achieve awe-inducing interiors is with one-of-a-kind objets d'art. And the best way to find those rare pieces, without shelling out collector-worthy prices? Going vintage. Seriously, even design denizen supreme (and our girl crush), Kelly Wearstler, uses antique trimmings in all of her avant-garde interiors.
Now obviously, the Rose Bowl and Melrose Trading Post are always amazing options, but they require cold hard cash, and sometimes, for the bigger pieces, a moving van. That's why we've gathered a fresh crop of L.A. vintage decor shops to amp up your address. Overflowing with furniture, knick-knacks, and doodads from yesteryear, even a trip to browse these outposts is guaranteed to spark some major redecoration inspiration!
Photo: Via Tini
We remember when Tini, which is an acronym for This Is Not Ikea, was online-only, and Alexis (the owner) would email back to let you know if a piece was still available (such suspense!). It's been a true treat to watch this business grow, and we know for a fact that these pickers are constantly on the hunt (they once visited a yard sale we had) for quirky-cool pieces that can instantly boost a room to retro-glam status.
Tini, 515 South Fairfax Avenue (Near South Hayworth Avenue); 310-999-5951.
This wondrous warehouse is named for the theater that once stood in its space, and was previously only open to set designers, by appointment. The prices here can't be beat, even at the flea market!
Sunbeam Vintage, 106 South Avenue 58 (At North Figueroa Street); 323-908-9743.
You won't find any snobbery lurking at this eclectic outpost, and varied pieces abound, geared to every aesthetic. From upcycled furniture to mid-century tchotchkes sold by super-cool shopkeepers, there's definitely something at Finster to send every shopper away with a smile!
Finster Studio, 2638 North Figueroa Street (Near West Avenue 26); 323-342-0234.
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