Knickknack

Monday, December 1, 2008

Found her this weekend...



I love spending my Saturday mornings browsing around secondhand stores. These photos are from St. Vincent de Paul in the Lincoln Heights area of Los Angeles. It has a great sea of couches...



Always surprises me to see so many organs and pianos...when I come across a really pretty one I wonder if it works properly and I wish I knew how to play so I could find out :)









Book on the photography of George Edward Anderson was my best find at St. Vincent de Paul.



These are from Revival a small and well stocked secondhand store located also in the Lincoln Heights area of Los Angeles (across the street from St. Vincent de Paul):







This little photograph and the vintage gossip magazine were my big treasures from the Revival thrift store...

17 comments:

michiko said...

I love your finds Gabbi! I especially love the kitty and the old photograph.
It's so great that you can find so many lovely vintage things so easily there, and people understand the value in these stuff. In Japan everyone is obsessed with keeping everything brand new or cutting edge, even with stuff like cars and houses, and don't appreciate second hand or vintage things, it's hard to even find thrift shops in Japan :(

Thuva-Lisa said...

Oh thank you! That makes me glad that you like them :)
How are you?

Francesca Righi said...

You have some wonderful pictures here...
..the ones of the books and in the previous post the one with the cooking tools! :)

Gabbi said...

~Thank you dear Michiko, here too...new things made to look old are always in style :) Do they have yard sales in Japan? What do people generally do with things they no longer want? I must sound like an idiot...but I'm just curious. The best vintage finds are usually at personal yard sales I think.

~Hi Thuva-Lisa, Yeah it's very creative, I'm good thank you :) It's sort of cold here today but other than that...ok. How is the music coming along? I requested your friendship on mysapce...

~Thank you Francesca, 'Certain Creatures' is great...we both make earrings :) I love the way you photograph yours. Hope you don't mind me adding you to my Favorite Places list!

Mary-Laure said...

Adorable kitty...
I just moved to LA last month so I really enjoyed reading your post and learning about the 2nd hand stores, I'll have to check them out.
I've been going to garage sales, which are also fun and bring unexpected treasures.

Maybe we could go hunting for good finds together some time?

Gabbi said...

~Thank you Marie-Laure, I read about your move on your blog. It sounds like a great experience :) We should go shopping...I know a perfect shop for vintage tees!

the asherette said...

i miss thrift shopping! (sad face)in florence people would leave there old furniture etc. in the street next to the bins... i got an amazing pink velvet couch (with little metal rivets)that way- i saw when a fancy hotel put it outside and i dragged it home on my back... thank you for this post:)

mothersvea said...

ooh you've got a new layout looking nice! I miss the kittie cat though )

Gabbi said...

~Your new photo is lovely dear Asherette and your pink couch sounds like a dream! I admire you carrying it home :) I would've done the same. Thank you for your comment and for sharing your pink couch story...I'll be sure to retell it to my sister. She's a diehard thrift-shopper too :)

~George is flattered that you noticed he was gone dear Mothersvea :) Hope you're having a lovely week!

Chloé Van Paris said...

what adorable cat.
I collect cute japanese item for the 50's.
on ebay.
In france, you can still found nice deers from the 50's in countryside fair.
During the summertime when i spend time in my parents house near Blois; we love to go in "brocante".
And beginning of september there is a very famous fair in Lille where people come from all around france to bring second hand items.
Of course every year it's less interesting and much to expensive.
I like to look when i have the chance to go in the States for vintage Mc Coy.

Gabbi said...

~Your fair in Lille sounds great dear Chloé, they have a big flea market once a month at the Pasadena Rosebowl that I'm always too lazy to go to, but now you've inspired me to search for little deers. Especially with Christmas almost here. Thank you & kisses for little Cancan please... :)

billie said...

thrift-shopping isn't a pastime, it's a lifestyle!
wherever i travel i try and find places where to get vintage stuff;i always end up buying something... it's a disease!
last month i crossed the border and spent one day in germany, of course i had to buy a couple of old pictures from a second hand store; i sent you one already, you can see the others here:(bottom of the page)
http://horsesthink.com/

Gabbi said...

~It is really addictive isn't it? :) About two years ago I moved to a place much bigger than the one I had before and had to buy more furniture to fill up some space and since then I haven't really stopped. Sometimes I go to stores where they have new furniture and it all seems so boring to me. It all looks alike, and when I find a cute knickknack or photograph (which I always think are harder to come by... photographs and magazines I rarely find) I feel like I just discovered a treasure. I walk around the store guarding it like Frodo and his ring :)

Your photos from Germany are awesome. My favorite is the woman bowling and the small one of the woman sitting with a string tied to her wrist. I'm adding horsethink to my favorite places list!

Thank you for sharing Billie! :)

michiko said...

No we don't really do yard sales in japan because we know no one's gonna actually pay for second hand stuff here....we Japanese can't fix things either, we simply throw them away and buy new one...

Gabbi said...

~That's a shame dear Michiko, but at the same time it's such a unique thing that it's cool! :) I hope to visit one day...

Sam said...

Love these photos - it's like a photo essay in a way! I think you have an eagle eye for the gems in there!

Gabbi said...

~Thank you Sam :) I have a small addiction to 2nd hand shopping. Right now I'm on a hunt for a desk... wish me luck!

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