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Westie: Best Vintage Store

In last week's Westie post, I mentioned that I'd be posting soon about my happy new vintage shop discovery!  To me, there's totally a difference between a Thrift store and Vintage store...and even an Antique store.  They are all very similar, but there are fine dividing lines.  If I had to give comparisons, it might look something like this: 

  • Thrift store: least expensive, variety of styles, often cluttered + disorganized, wide-range of poor to fair condition
  • Vintage store: moderately priced, sometimes more curated to one type of style, overall more items in better condition than thrift store, store space is often styled well 
  • Antique store: most expensive, items usually in excellent condition, presented more like a showroom

Now that we're on the same page...I'd like to introduce you to our newest Westie Award winner for Best Vintage Store... 

Venice Vintage Paradise

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VVP was smack in the center of Abbot Kinney for the past 10 years, but recently re-opened their doors in a new storefront at 2304 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291. 

Check out their Facebook page, where they post regular updates of new items, or their Yelp page for reviews.   

Things you should know about VVP: 

  • Their stuff is AWESOME; lots of mid-century, and everything is on trend.  
  • The store is beautiful
  • Jeanie (one of the co-owners) becomes your BFF as soon as you walk in
  • It's moderately priced, let's say $$ (as if that means anything...)
  • They have a super cute back patio, which they are open to renting out for events, photo/video shoots, etc.

Look at all these treasures! 


I've always wanted a vintage library card catalogue, and this one's a beaut! 

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Pretty leaf-patterned textile and blankets galore! 


I liked this winged wire chair and mud cloth textile a lot. 


Any guesses on what this is?  

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If you guessed a 1930s German baby carrier--you were right!  I guessed a carrier for a 6-pack (like this one).  Beer, babies, tomAto, tomAHto. I love the fabric and the leather details!


So, I made it home with the turquoise textile and vintage baby carrier (don't get any ideas--it's for the future or our sweet niece), hooray!  

If you're near here, please please stop into Venice Vintage Paradise.  You won't regret it!


Westie: Best Thrift Store

I love thrifting!!!!  I've mentioned before on here that I have slight hoarding tendencies (much to my husband's dismay).  I grew up yard saling with my dad and grandfather, and I think it's just in my blood to want to collect unique pieces.  So, when it comes to thrift stores, I know there will be more I'll have to talk about on here.   

And LA has some great ones!  That's one thing I appreciate about having lived in many areas of the country--each spot has very distinct styles of items at their thrift stores/flea markets.  Atlanta was mostly Southern traditional.  And, as you can imagine, there's a lot of good mid-century modern stuff floating around in these parts.   

This thrift store is just around the corner, perfect for me to drop by and check out there wares.  It sort of falls in the crack between thrift and antique store--it has quite a few large scale furniture pieces, and much less small stuff.  The family that owns it is super friendly, and although prices sometimes start a bit high, they usually are willing to do a bit of haggling. So, the Westie for Best Thrift Store goes to...

Pepe's Thrifty Shop

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Pepe's is located at 4577 Centinela Ave.  Street Parking.  Closed on Sunday.  See their Yelp info HERE

You can't miss it, because it has a big sign and looks like THIS outside:  


In LA, you just don't have a lot of space.  I mean, I know we have more than Manhattan, but it's still pretty tight.  I guess that's why Pepe's looks like the Room of Requirement inside.  It's a treasure trove, but definitely not the place where I'd want to be stuck during an earthquake!


A few goodies I spotted on this trip to Pepe's were some mid-century dressers--just need  updated hardware and some refinishing (oh, and I actually snagged that Coca Cola crate for something you'll see later on the blog)... 


This cute red industrial stool: 


And these driftwood tables...which I never really was a huge fan of, but I've been seeing them a lot recently on Pinterest (HERE), and really like the idea of white washing them like THIS ONE.  

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And, finally you've got to give Pepe's props for fitting everything in this small space.  I mean, *slow clap* for this stacking technique:


Mad respect, Pepe's.  So anyway, next time you need to hit up a thrift store--head on over to Pepe's and let them know Westside Bestside sent ya!  

A note: I stumbled upon an AMAZING discovery this week--so expect a similar Westie coming soon...for Best Vintage Shop!!!  Stay tuned...

House of the Year via Emily Henderson

Do you all follow Emily Henderson?  Some things she does are a bit too quirky for me but overall I just love her style.  It's eclectic + has a lot of mid-century modern influences, which you know I love

She has a show on HGTV called Secrets From a Stylist, which is where I first heard about her.  Her blog is great, and I follow her Instagram to see all her flea market finds--she was just at the Rose Bowl this weekend.  Love that she's close to home!

This year, she got picked by Country Living to style their House of the Year (read about the concept HERE) a Hurricane Sandy-stricken beach bungalow.  And I'm loving most everything about it!!!  Color palette (aqua, teal, white, reds, + vintage rugs!!!), overall style, patterns, sigh.  You can check out her series of befores and afters, but here are a few of my favorite finished rooms so far: 

Living Room via Style by Emily Henderson

Living Room via Style by Emily Henderson

Kitchen via Style by Emily Henderson

Kitchen via Style by Emily Henderson

Bathroom via Style by Emily Henderson

Bathroom via Style by Emily Henderson

May I please live here!?!?

Westie: Urbanic Paper Boutique

When we started with these Wesites, I warned you they will get pret-ty specific.  So, when I tell you that I am awarding a Westie to my favorite paper store, you shouldn't be too surprised.  There are always chain paper stores like PaperSource, which are great in their own right.  But this local one is the bees knees!

The Westie for Best Paper Store goes to... 

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Urbanic Paper Boutique  

Stationery, Invitations + other fine things

Website HERE, located at 1644 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

I just love Urbanic!  First off, any of you love paper stores as much as I do?!  They always have the cutest cards, wrapping paper, and specialty gifts.  As far as store genres go, they are one of my Top 5.  Urbanic excels in this category because of owner, Audrey Woollen's keen sense of design.  Even though there is so much variety going on, not one piece in the store feels out of place.

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I can spend hours browsing all the notecards, calendars, pens, and washi tape.  It's like the adult version of butterflies in my tummy when I would get to go shopping for school supplies--still makes me go eeeeee!!   I mean, these staplers!?!


And this entire nautical summer display...


And could this speak anymore to my heart?!


I love sending unique greeting cards, so I always get them here.  Urbanic curates products from brands that have so much personality and humor, making any card you send way more personal.  And, they always have Rifle Paper Co., which you know makes me swoon. 

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It's a must-see on the Westside!  Add that to the list of my happy places... 

Check out Audrey's blog called Parcel Post for even more creative inspiration.  And, stop by the Urbanic store or website soon, and make sure you tell them Westside Bestside sent ya!