I moved to Southern California about a year and a half ago, and have had so much fun exploring the LA Metro areas. I drive a lot for work, so I added a bunch of Thrift Shops onto my GPS and made it a goal to stop into at least one new store a week during my commute or lunch break. Hey, I'd rather shop than eat any old day!
Since our wonderful hostess Ana of Thrift Collective is making her way to SoCal, I thought I would add some more shops to the City Guide. Ana, I hope you have lots of fun exploring LA & look forward to hearing reviews from your end of LA soon!
I passed the Discount Center a few times before realizing it was a thrift shop. It's a large, fairly well organized store and the day I was there the clothes section heavily outweighed the housewares. I was told by the cashier that they often put out more furniture on the weekends.
There were a lot of people trying on clothes, and the dressing room area seemed pretty cramped. Although I didn't find any treasures the day I visited, I wouldn't hesitate to swing back through on another day.
Wow...is the first word that comes to mind. It's a vary plain white building in the middle of a neighborhood, and I almost passed it by thinking my GPS was tricking me. Low & behold, there it was. I bravely walked inside not quite knowing what to expect. Holy inventory overload!!! This is truly a hoarders paradise. 2nd only to E.J.'s Odds & Ends in LA., I wasn't quite sure where to look or how to take it all in! I would definitly classify closer to rummage or salvage & thrift.
It's would be hard to imagine that there aren't a million treasures buried in this shop...but the reality is that you may never find them.
Clothes clothes clothes galore! But they are stuffed as deep & high as you can reach so difficult to look at. The only clothes area I cruised was the massive selection of coats. Tons of vintage leather coats $15-$30, if I wanted to take the time sure I could have found some cool ones.
Other overwhelming items were tools. Huge bins of everything you could imagine (hammers, tire irons, shovels, screwdrivers)...probably about 1/2 of the store was tools.
I tried to find my usual art & furniture items without much luck. I found 1 box of frames but it was almost impossible to look through without spending 5 minutes digging them out. There was no furniture.
I would love to come back if the store decided to clean house and put everything out in the parking lot so that you could actually look at it. Or if I need a coat. Otherwise, it's probably not worth the hassle.
Just like any other thrift adventure, you never know what you may find...so if your in the area give it a shot, but I wouldn't put it on my regular circuit.
I love visiting the San Pedro farmers market on Fridays when I work in San Pedro, and this little shop is right on the strip so I have walked through a few times.
The selection consists mainly of clothing with a very limited selection of housewares, furniture or books. Since I'm not a big clothes buyer when I thrift, I have yet to be impressed.
On a positive note, its clean and the staff is always very friendly when I have walked in. If I had to choose, I would stick to the Salvation Army on the corner & let the Ticktocker keep tick-tocking without me.
There seems to be a revolving cast of elderly volunteers who are always very nice. They don't take credit cards, but there is an ATM at the liquor store at the other end of the building just in case you can't pass up a treasure there.
HOLY CRAP are the first words that come to mind. Odds & Ends don't begin to do justice to the inventory that EJ has in stock. From ceiling to floor and wall to wall every inch of this store is crammed with anything & everything that you could possibly imagine, and many things I'm sure you couldn't even dream of. It's worth a trip here because you would never believe it until you see it.
I have no doubt that EJ is probably a legend in this neighborhood. There was a rotating parade of friends, neighbors and interesting (often shady) characters who stopped in to "shoot the breeze" with EJ. He encouraged me to take my time and find some things that I never knew that I needed and has a PIB policy. You can look at whatever you want, as long as you PIB-Put it Back! This however is where the dilemma lies. It's impossible to look at anything without moving 50 other things out of the way first. Even as I tried to be careful as I tiptoed through the narrow aisles with inventory looming above me, it was impossible not to knock over something. To say EJ must be a hoarder is an understatement, and I wouldn't be surprised if he has a Picasso masterpiece buried under a Tarzan style loin cloth, under a box of magnets, on top of a drafting table, beside a stuffed gorilla somewhere in the building. But if you can find it, no one may ever find you.
I enjoyed my conversations with EJ. He is quite the character and very entertaining. I'm convinced he is an artist at heart as he doodles his initials on much of the merchandise, although he denies any artistic talent. I inquired about pricing on a few things, and his response was "Oh well work something out". I didn't leave with anything that day, and not without trying. I think I was just a little too overwhelmed and didn't have enough time to get lost in the madness. Maybe someday I'll brave it again...and if you ever hear he's going to move.