This week, I was headed to the Goodwill on Hollywood Boulevard, when I drove right through a thrifting mecca. A Vintage Vortex V, Crossroad’s Trading Co., Goodwill, and a new find, Squaresville, are all conveniently located within a few blocks of each other around the Hollywood/Sunset junction. It’s a kind of heaven for avid L.A. thrifters.
Vintage Vortex V houses a glamorous collection of vintage from many different vendors. Each vendor’s clothing is grouped together, making the space feel more like five to 10 mini stores. Items range from $30-300, so you might want to save your cash for Goodwill, but do your inspiration shopping here. The second room of clothing is much for college budget-friendly, however. Men and women’s vintage tees, frocks and cut-off jean shorts are priced at about $20 each. Vintage Vortex also has a vinyl store on the block if you’re looking for some records. It’s definitely a place to get inspired by the old school vibes and fabulous fashion.
Squaresville is only short walk away at Vermont and Melbourne. Most items in the store cost between $10 to 20. They have a radical collection of dresses and quirky handbags, as well as skirts, tops and coats. This place offers clothes with the perfect price range and it’s located in an awesome neighborhood filled with handmade co-op stores, little cafes and hip eateries.
Crossroad’s Trading Co. is also nearby. At Crossroad’s you’ll have to dig for those really funky pieces, but they have a lot of good basic, recent fashion at second hand prices.
Goodwill beats all other stores in terms of prices and is an excellent place to spend your leftover cash at the end of the day.
Know of any other thrifting palaces near Sunset Junction? Tweet us @dbmojo or comment below.
This week we talked to Caroline Park, a stylish first-year Design | Media Arts student, about her fashion and about the few things she always carries with her. Caroline describes her style as simple and is inspired by Alex Chung and Kiko Mizuhara. Her favorite wardrobe staple is a basic tee, which she likes to get on sale at stores like Urban Outfitters. Besides Urban, her top three places to shop are Wasteland, Goodwilland Brandy Melville. We asked Caroline to empty the contents of her bag and this is what we found:
Laptop – So she can work on her Form homework (some cool 3D modeling)
Red Lipstick – To freshen up throughout the day and liven up her simple wardrobe.
iPhone – Self-explanatory!
Disposable Camera – “You can take it anywhere since it’s small, and it’s just fun.”
Notebook and Pencil Bag – Park said the one thing she always keeps in her bag is this “notebook-journal-calendar-book.” As an artist, she likes to make notes, write and sketch.
Film Music Book – She couldn’t get into the “film and music class” this quarter, but she bought the book anyway for pleasure reading.
Headphones – For listening to tunes on her way to class.
Sunglasses – For sunny LA weather. Can you believe it’s supposed to be 90 degrees today?
Shampoo and Razors – “Uh, I just have this because I went to the UCLA store today before class,” she said, laughing.
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This week we spotted Ruhama Wolle walking out of Public Affairs in a sleek black outfit, with a boutique blouse, faux-leather leggings from Forever 21 and DSW riding boots. This first-year business economics student’s statement piece was a feathery-looking fake fur sleeveless jacket she found at Forever 21. She loves it because she has a thing for fur, but can’t afford the real deal and is appalled by animal skinning methods. Ruhama told us that her style is constantly shifting, but she likes to describe it as “unexpected.” She spontaneously cited actress and model Olivia Palermo as her fashion icon. When asked if she had any tips for broke students to stay stylish, she told us “thrift shopping.” “Even taking old clothes and making them into things you would wear now,” she added. She gave Mojo the classic example of turning worn-out jeans into shorts.
First-year undeclared student Sofia Staab-Gulbenkian was heading out of Haines when we found her. She looked super edgy in her shiny bronze leggings and cut-out black sweater. She got her leggings from Black Milk, which she explained is “this weirdo Australian brand. They just make weird leggings.” Her sweater is from Marshalls, a store which she recommends if you’re willing to hunt. She paid full price at Urban Outfitters for her lace-up booties, but claims it was worth it because she wears them every day. As for how she chooses her clothing, she said: “If it’s different, I’ll gravitate towards it.” Like Ruhama, she spontaneously offered us her fashion role models; “Kanye West is my style icon. And Grimes. 50% Kanye, 50% Grimes.” Her advice to UCLA fashionistas is very specific: “Go into your mom’s closet, find the oldest things and cut off the sleeves.”
Remember Charlene Tam, aka Kinoko, or “mushroom” in Japanese? She was already featured on Mojo street style a while back. We stumbled upon the third-year Japanese student, and surprise: her hair is now blue! Once again, her creative outfit was über-colorful and largely inspired by the Harajuku movement, whose adherents, Tam explained, have a style all their own. Tam said she does too: “I like to wear whatever I want, I don’t really care about trend.” So her advice is for everyone to cultivate their personal style. She bought her patterned skirt in Japan, her pastel cardigan in Hong Kong, and her craziest piece, a rainbow unicorn T-shirt, at Urban Outfitters. But like most people, she sometimes doesn’t know what to wear. On those days, she asks a friend to “pick a color,” before assembling an outfit based on the chosen hue. She lit up when asked which song best described her style: undoubtedly, it’s “Candy Candy,” by Japanese artist Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.
Chance Plaskett, Christian Maldanado and Brian de Loera were spotted looking effortlessly cool at Rendezvous. Plaskett (left), a first-year chemical engineering student, sported a TopMan flowery shirt, with black skinny jeans and Docs. He cuts his own hair and styles it into this polished do. Maldanado (center) wore a beige jacket, a shirt with a tiger on it (not pictured) which he scored at Walmart, with boat shorts and shoes, and mid-calf socks. (His cigarette is not lit, in adherence with the smoking ban.) de Loera (right), who doesn’t go to UCLA, displayed a Morrissey-inspired outfit, complete with Boy London shirt, Cheap Monday rolled up skinnies and Fred Perry lace-ups. Asking them who their style icons were sparked up a heated debate: Maldanado is inspired by Michael Jackson, but Plaskett said that Prince is “so much better.” Finally, Maldanado’s ultimate advice to everyone is “stay cute,” while Chance’s is “stay frosty, stay greasy.” Take from that what you will.
This week we caught up with Ashley Lee, a second-year English student who was walking out of Covel Commons looking chic and sleek in metallic, pointed shoes from Zara, a skirt which she snagged at the American Apparel warehouse sale in downtown LA for $20 and a striped and polka dot top she found in a suitcase that belonged to her grandmother in 1987.
While most people enjoy shopping excursions now and then, Lee is very careful with her budget and prefers to dig through her grandmother’s closet for unusual finds. She considers her grandmother as one of her fashion icons because of her stylish disposition and love for funky patterns. Lee says most of her favorite pieces of clothing she found among her grandmother’s storage boxes and old luggages. For closet staples (such as skirts, jeans and tights) Lee enjoys shopping at American Apparel. For more eccentric tops and dresses she scours “Wasteland” in Santa Monica and online store “Nasty Gal.” If Lee could afford to splurge, however, she said she would probably live at Marc Jacobs.
We spotted fourth-year English student Tyler Overvold eating lunch outside of Powell Library. Overvold was rocking a blue button-up and jeans, an outfit he threw together after checking the weather in the morning. He said the button-up is his favorite clothing item because its comfortable and versatile — he can wear it to class and out in the evening. To liven up his all-blue outfit he donned a chunky, orange watch and a red, yellow and green patterned Forever 21 backpack. We asked him our traditionally wacky question of how he would describe his style in terms of a movie, a color and a plant. His answer? Breakfast Club, Ocean Blue (obvious from his outfit) and Acacia Tree. Aaaaalrighty, then.
As a follow-up to our series on L.A. thrift stores (we’ve already given you the scoop on Santa Monica’s Wasteland, Goodwill and Lighthouse World Charity Thrift), we present to you the bargain shopper’s paradise: Vintage Wearhouseon Fairfax Avenue. From the outside, the shop is just a black wall with large white, capitalized letters that read “Old School.” At first glance, the shop looks like a boutique — the kind of place a college student would immediately pass up just because it looks too expensive. But inside there is an overwhelming treasure trove of cheap clothes with vibrant, vintage patterns.
Tops generally range in price from $5 to $10. The skirts, shorts and dresses are priced around $20, but they’re usually in tip-top shape and the clothes’ lack of holes and stains make them a steal. The shop also boasts a groovy men’s section full of hawaiian-patterned shirts and nifty sweaters.
The trek out to Fairfax Avenue is well worth it, and if you don’t find something that tickles your fancy at Vintage Wearhouse, there’s Goodwill, Buffalo Exchange and Council Thrift Shop a few blocks away.
Tell us about your favorite thrifty spots by tweeting us @dbmojo.