A THRIFTING & VINTAGE LOVERS GOLD MINE IN LA
No matter what your style, taste, interests or desires may be, there is a place for you in LA!
One of the beautiful things about starting life in a brand new place, is that there is a genuine excitement, hunger and appreciation for just about everything, no matter how small. lol… I found myself praying the other day, while driving, that I won’t ever lose the awe and amazement that I feel for the little things. Especially for all the different types of food, vintage, art, flowers and incredible mountain views every where.
That being said, I had to share this insane sidewalk sale that I came across in Hollywood while Discovering LA. The experience was quite hilarious, especially because I was a first timer to this weekly “EVENT”. The pic and sign aren’t deceiving your eyes, everything is really $1 on Sundays. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, turns out that there is a complete strategy necessary to acquiring these pieces. There are rules, there is a stand-off, a whistle, and swiftness is of the utmost importance. I’m laughing just thinking of how confused and lost I felt when it all began. I couldn’t believe that this was an actual thing. 😉
SO here goes the quick rundown.
There are about 20 plastic wrapped bails of clothes, lined up on the floor. No one can see what’s inside, BUT everyone there positioned themselves beside the one think will be a good one. Two men came outside and everyone had to step away from the bails and wait for the men to give the run down of the rules, yup rules. At a specific time every Sunday, the men walk through the bails and cut the straps and plastic off. At this point all the clothes spill out, everyone HAS TO STAY STILL, and you cannot rush the clothes. During those intense moments, I looked around at everyone (my error), I should have been strategizing and intensely scanning the clothes, like I noticed EVERYONE else doing. Once the men gave the go ahead, everyone there made such a dive. lmbo… You have to grab as much clothes as possible, in one scoop and step out of the way (pretty much like that old claw game in the arcade). You then quickly go through and analyze the pieces that you got in your own little corner. Rule is that you put back the things you don’t want into the original central location. Let me tell you, it was like a sporting event, with how well strategized and intensional everyone their was. Clearly, something they’ve done a time to 20 before! 😉
There was an extremely wide variety of options there. I found a couple of really great things! All for $1 each! My fav was a vibrant silk sari.
Now that I understand the process of it all, if I wanted to take on this hilarious experience again, I know I could really rack up. When my girlfriends come to visit, this is definitely on the list of things-to-experience here in LA!
And BTW, I was SO improperly dressed for this! I was sweating bullets in my vintage floral maxi dress and sequin open back heels. That’s what happens when you stick in a sidewalk sale between church and a quick supermarket run. 🙂
xoxo Honey Bunnies!
Vintage Dress: Beacon’s Closet – NYC
Shoes: Estate Sale – ATL
Bag: Canal Street Vendor – NYC
Shades: Betsey Johnson