Thursday, April 08, 2010

Taking a Shine to the Farmers' Market's Shine Gallery

How cool is the Shine Gallery, located in the Farmers Market at 3rd and Fairfax?

Named one of Los Angeles magazine's Best of 2009 selections, the Shine Gallery features vintage items purchased "from dusty warehouses, old factories, and closed stores" across the country.

Because the early 20th century items are bought in bulk by store owner Bernie Shine, the prices are actually quite reasonable -- and Shine notes that dealers frequently resell their items at a profit.

I stopped by the store on April Fool's Day to check out the L.A. Conservancy Modern Committee's fundraiser there. Although I couldn't stay long -- the family beckoned -- I'll be back soon.

And as a bonus, I picked up a few Bob's Doughnuts to bring home to the wife and Blogger Boy. A win all around.

Some pics from the store:

I'm guessing these buttons weren't done ironically... which makes it all the more hilarious.

I love the idea of people hallucinating a giant, drunk donkey on top of the L.A. Sports Arena. Vote for Kennedy!

Funny that ukulele strumming says "vintage" to some folks. Hey, it's just as relevant to 2010! Just ask Jake Shimabukuro.

Ahh, the innocent yet still dirty 1930s!

Creepy, much?

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