Covet This – Shopping

EVENT – It’s Grunion Night!!!!

FULL INVITE HERE!!!

43169Just so the directions ARE VERY CLEAR… we will be on the Malibu beach north of the pier. We *SHOULD* be the only people HANGING OUT WITH A GIANT FINDING NEMO PIÑATA.

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Tonight is our first grunion run!!!! Woo hooo!!!! Remember if you don’t have time to get a fishing license today you can’t bring the critters home… but a lot of people prefer catch and releasing anyhow.
It’s just a lovely night to hang out on a beach together! Sooo, we’re using mythical fish as an excuse… :)

Okay… so for everything you need to know about grunion runs… just check out the information from the Department of Fish & Game after the jump…

Please note, no dogs are allowed on the Malibu beach. We’re as sad about that as you are. (more…)

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SHOPPING – UniqueLA (TODAY!)

I meant to go to this on Saturday but I was so focused on decorating the tree that I totally forgot! Fortunately, it’s today too! YAY!

UNIQUE LOS ANGELES

uniquelaWHAT: “The largest independent design show on the West Coast! Shop directly from over 300 designers and artists, support local design and our economy, and have a blast!”
WHERE: California Market Center, 110 East 9th Street, Downtown
WHEN: Last day is today, December 6, 11am – 6pm
PRICE: $10 – with partial proceeds going to one of my very favorite local non-profits: 826LA! Entry gets you an exclusive-to-the-show limited edition tote bag, a free drink ticket, unlimited re-entry for both days, and access to our great lineup of free workshops. (Children 12 and under are free)

“UNIQUE LOS ANGELES is an exciting two-day shopping event that showcases independent design talent at great prices – with an emphasis on “made in America” goods, 99% of products at the show are proudly made right here in the USA! On top of shopping the wide variety of offerings, the event boasts many exciting Extras & Amenities, including free workshops, a lounge area, and two cafes. Plan to spend the day with us! (more…)

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COVET THIS – Junk For Joy

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HERE’S THE CONCEPT OF “COVET THIS”:

1. We walk into a store spontaneously.
2. We pick out a handful of random things that catch our eye/s.
3. We take covert photos.
4. We post the images with silly captions for you to see.
5. YOU are overwhelmed by an urge to rush to said establishment and possess said items (silly as they may be at times), thereby helping very small businesses to stay afloat during our troubled economy. :)

The Chosen Store: Purveyors of “fun and funky clothing, collectibles and other goodies,” Junk For Joy
The Location: 3314 West Magnolia Boulevard, Burbank (818) 569-4903
Our Previous Customer Experience: I first wandered into Junk For Joy back in the 80s during a lunch break when I was working at a record company nearby. Although I hadn’t been back in over a decade, I was surprised to find that it hasn’t changed at all. Literally! I think it even has some of the same inventory. It was like visiting the 80s again, only this time I wasn’t wearing blue eyeshadow and moon boots.


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RESOURCE – LA Swap Meet Map and Calendar

Rose Bowl Flea Market The first step is admitting you have a problem, so here goes. Even though I’m broke and just got through taking 25 boxes of useless crap to thrifts stores during my last move, it’s still tough for me to resist the allure of buying more useless junk at L.A.’s weekend swap meets and flea markets. It’s a sickness. I’m not well. Or perhaps… they’re just that fun.

The  thing that saves me is that I always forget which one is on which weekend. I know you can relate. So since I’m my own worst enemy, I’ve decided to fix that little problem. After the jump we’ve got a handy little google map and calendar combo to turn to in the future. You can even sync stuff up to your ical if you like. Look how high tech we are! Woo hoo!


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COVET THIS – 20th Century Props Auction

*To launch a captioned photo gallery of crazy stuff, click on the little image below labeled LOT #4030*

austinpowerscapsuleSigh. After over 40 years in business, Harvey Schwartz, owner of Twentieth Century Props, will be closing shop and putting 113,000 square feet of tangible movie history up for auction from July 28 to August 1.

This closing is incredibly sad to see on many many levels, but you *know* you want to sit in Dr. Evil’s pod (aka LOT #504) while you’re watching television. So because I’m nice, I took a moment to go through the online catalog and pull out a few things you might not even realize you need, BUT DO. You’re welcome. Just click on the beer keg at left.

You can also inspect the merchandise in person at 11651 Hart Street in North Hollywood through Monday (9am-4pm) and after 8am on the mornings of the sale.

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RESOURCE – Specialty Book Stores

book cat It’s an understatement to say that by nature I’m a bit of a book addict. While many people may think it’s fun to joke that the residents of Los Angeles don’t even know *how* to read, you and I both know that there are a gazillion absolutely incredible places for bibliophiles to get their book fix in this town. After the jump is a listing of some of the most unique *specialty* book stores to be found in Los Angeles. Whether you’re looking for the latest in Armenian fiction or a manual on how to meet code when building a home, if these vendors don’t have the topic you’re looking for in stock, they can probably point you towards someone who might.

*If you notice any errors or would like to suggest a beloved shop that we’ve missed, please e-mail us.*

TRAVEL
Geographica – Travel, Toluca Lake (818) 848-1414
Distant Lands – Travel, Pasadena (626) 449-3220
Traveler’s Bookcase
– Travel, 3rd Street (323) 655-0114

HOBBIES
Autobooks-Aerobooks – Aviation and Automobiles, Burbank (818) 845-0707
Janet Jarvits Bookseller – Cooking, Pasadena (626) 296-1638
The Cook’s Library (it’s still open!) – Cooking, West LA (323) 655-3141
Hollywood Magic Inc – Magic, Hollywood (323) 464-5610

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COVET THIS – Tiny Neighborhoods for the Calendar Challenged

Please click the little image below that says “DINER” to launch fun images of the festive little toy neighborhoods to be found at Stats. And please don’t miss my witty captions… I worked hard on ‘em, people!

I was in Pasadena for a meeting yesterday and decided to walk into STATS FLORAL SUPPLY for old time’s sake… although I have always found them a bit pricey, Stats has been a guilty pleasure of mine for decades. Honestly, it’s kinda like a gory car accident I can’t tear my eyes away from. Yesterday was no exception… not only did I find that after all these years I’m *still* hypnotized by their rooms of animated, overly-decorated, holiday-themed model buildings, but THE STORE WAS DECORATING FOR HALLOWEEN ALREADY!!! In July. I kid you not. Please click on the little image at left to open a photo gallery of some of the crazy goodness I found.

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COVET THIS – Wacko / Soap Plant

*Click on the thumbnail image below to launch a fun photo gallery of things we covet at Wacko!*

HERE’S THE CONCEPT OF “COVET THIS”:

1. We walk into a store spontaneously.
2. We pick out a handful of random things that catch our eye/s.
3. We take covert photos.
4. We post the images with silly captions for you to see.
5. YOU are possessed by an overwhelming urge to rush to said establishment and purchase said items (or shop for others), thereby helping small businesses to stay afloat during our troubled economy. :)

The Chosen Store: The beloved novelty emporium, Wacko/Soap Plant
The Location: 4633 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood/Los Feliz (323) 663-0122
Our Previous Customer Experience: My college friends and I used to excitedly drive all the way from San Diego to experience the glory of their Melrose store way back when. It’s a long-time sentimental fun favorite of mine for silly gift shopping. Wacko is an iconic shop of Los Angeles and I’m thrilled it’s survived when so many other stores haven’t. :)

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