Home sweet home is all about putting a unique touch on your living space. The name of the game today is repurposing and reusing, especially when it comes to furnishing a bedroom, living room or backyard. There are many easy-to-access local resources that sell furniture, vintage and used. These five LA-based spots are known for their one-of-a-kind items and make shopping for furniture fun, often inexpensive and never boring. Let the hunt begin.
100 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
A mainstay on La Brea Avenue for the last 20 years, Nick Metropolis has a unique selection of 50s, 60s and 70s furniture, along with all kinds of great old signs (Coca Cola, gas station signs and anything that spells “LOVE” are most popular). Shoppers will discover 1950s colorful dinette sets for the breakfast nook, industrial carts and cabinet desks for any home office, “I Love Lucy” 50s style sofas, authentic Brown Saltman tables and chairs for comfortable living spaces and antique dressers, vanities and bookcases for bedrooms. Nick Metropolis caters to the entertainment industry and has a celebrity friend list that includes Drew Barrymore, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey.
246 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Located in the historic core of downtown Los Angeles, the new Downtown Flea is held in four open-air parking lots located between 2nd and 4th and Main to Broadway. It is open every fourth Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Angelenos looking to acquire highly-collectible and unusual furnishings must visit Downtown Flea. Participating vendors often change, however shoppers will find cool and hip furniture from vendors such as up-cycling, vintage and antique trend master Robert McNellis, who recycles and repurposes found materials into unique, utilitarian furniture and home décor that he creates under the name Kensington Studios. Parking is easy and available in Joe’s six-story structure located between 2nd and 3rd on Spring Street.
The Public Store, Inc.
4536 Cutter St.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
This full-service consignment and studio prop rental company makes it easy to furnish your home or sell used items. Shoppers are invited to visit The Public Store’s giant warehouse filled with thousands of pieces (look for name brands such as Crate & Barrel, Kreiss, Pottery Barn and Ethan Allen) for every room in your house. Committed to offering stylish breakfast tables and chairs, mahogany dining room sets and buffet cabinets, sofa sectionals, outdoor eucalyptus chaise lounges and kids’ furniture, The Public Store makes certain the pieces of furniture are in great condition. When you pay cash, the discounts become deeper.
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12553 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Looking for time-honored SoCal inspiration? You will want to put the Surfing Cowboys on your to-do list. Owners Wayne and Donna Gunther curate an artful blend of inventory showcasing unusual pieces. The Surfing Cowboys hopes to evoke a certain soulful home-sweet-home vibe with authentic high-back loungers and penguin-style seating to wood rockers and vintage surfboards. The dramatic range of merchandise is appealing in every sense.
REHAB Vintage Interiors
7609 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
When walking into REHAB Vintage Interiors, you might be confused thinking that you have entered a museum…but actually this retailer, who specializes in refurbishing 20th century furnishings, provides inspiration and flair for any style of home. Formerly known as Sonrisa Furniture, today REHAB Vintage Interiors is a design industry resource for quality restoration of classic American steel furniture. Find tanker desks, filing cabinets, storage pieces and seating, as well as repurposed pieces for alternative use, building furniture and accessories from old vacuums, radiators and gas pump handles. REHAB works with several top set designers for popular TV series “NCIS” and “House.”
Sheryl Craig is a writer with a passion for interesting finds and treasures in Los Angeles. She has a background in journalism and public relations. A mother of two daughters, Sheryl integrates her healthy lifestyle into raising her children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.