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K-Town’s Bellejar Vintage Is Open!

Customers browse Bellejar Vintage's wares during its grand opening Saturday, Dec. 5.

From the article I wrote for LAist last week:

Over the past year, friends Katie Stratton and Jayde DiVita had been on a nation-wide search for the best clothing to stock the store they planned to open together. The pair went everywhere: Arizona, Colorado, New York, and North Carolina were just some of the states they traveled to during their hunt…

…All the fruits of their labor and travels were finally revealed during Bellejar Vintage‘s grand opening on Saturday. The result was an amazing, well-edited collection of gorgeous ’40s heels, dainty ’50s cardigans, sexy Mad Men-era lingerie, vintage luggage, classy handbags galore and more at their new store in Korea Town.

The store is seriously a high-fructose candy store for any vintage fashion enthusiast; just try to find something you don’t love.  The store is located at 3103 W. 6th Street, Los Angeles 90038.

NoHo’s very own Antique Row

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Santiago's Antiques actually has two storefronts, which both sandwich Miss Peaches Southern Cuisine, on Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood.

An abundance of small theaters aren’t the only things North Hollywood has to offer.  Travel further north on Lankershim Boulevard past Burbank Boulevard and you’ll find a plethora of antiques and vintage stores, all within walking distance from each other.

Before heading to the Pasadena Rose Bowl flea market on Sunday (see previous post about my visit), I finally made time to hit the antique stores in my own neighborhood.

Most of the stores are closed Sundays because the owners also sell at local flea markets, so your best bet might be to stop by during the weekdays and Saturdays.  Generally, they’re open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., but it’s a good idea to call and double-check with the stores (Click the jump cut below for a full list of addresses and phone numbers).

From Hollywood Regency decor to ’60s space age seating to Queen Anne dining sets and a few movie props thrown into the mix, there’s a style and decade to please buyers and browsers alike.  I’m a huge fan of mid century & Danish modern, and the stores definitely have plenty of it to offer.  Some of my favorite finds included a slatted George Nelson-style wood bench for $60 at Frank’s Antiques, a Danish modern chair for $25 at Angel’s Antiques and a set of 4 wire dining chairs from Santiago’s for $350.

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Tips for an adventure at the Rose Bowl flea market

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From shabby chic dressers to turn-of-the-century bric-a-brac, there's something for everyone at the Rose Bowl flea market.

Supposedly, it’s the beginning of the end of the recession, but that doesn’t mean shoppers need to revert back to their pre-downturn spending.  Rather than buying brand-new items, consumers are heading to flea markets to buy used furniture and other products, resulting in a 10- to 15 percent increase in foot traffic.

The crowds definitely showed up at the Rose Bowl flea market in Pasadena, and as a first-timer to the overwhelming shopping experience, this blogger could not believe her eyes at the endless rows of awesome mid century modern furniture, antique knick-knacks and random oddities.  Though regular adult admission is $8; we definitely got our money’s worth; among some of our finds included a vintage framed picture of Mont St. Michel for $15, a Danish modern chair for $35 and mid century dark wood magazine rack for $20.

To get an idea of the market’s massiveness, we arrived shortly after 11 a.m. and had barely finished browsing the antiques section by 2:30 p.m. as vendors started packing up their shops.  After strolling through one row of the other side of the market, which consisted mainly of vintage clothing, we called it a day and headed home with our new (old) wares.

For more photos, plus a few tips  if you decide to check it out for yourself (the next one is Sunday, September 13), are after the jump.

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