Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Places to Visit: Los Angeles - Flounce Vintage

I'd like to introduce you to my favorite vintage store on the West Coast - Flounce Vintage - and it happens to be nestled in Los Angeles's Echo Park (right next to a cafe that has really tasty mint lemonade!)

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I first visited Flounce two summer's ago when I was in LA for Quicksilver's Traveling Shirt party and Jennifer was sweet enough to send a nice list of places to visit. Flounce was on the list and I fell in love the moment I walked in!

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I always have an idolized idea of how places should be when usually they're nothing like what's floating around my brain. My skewed perception of Hollywood is one of these things. I always think back to old Hollywood - where the gals are sweet and wholesome (having just moved to California from a small hometown) .. Just trying to earn a buck and make it big in the pictures. They wear pretty dresses and have perfectly imperfect finger-wave bobs. They live in the chaotic apartment buildings with only one telephone belonging to a lady who's always in her bath robe and curlers... All the furniture is perfectly Art Deco and there's no shortage of pretty floral fabrics and nice sunlight coming through those lacey curtains.

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The point to all of that rambling is.. Flounce is exactly what I think of when I think of Hollywood... Gorgeous flapper era frocks, pretty day dresses in pale colors and soft fabrics. Stunning evening wear. Floral needlepoint, and the best little ceramic animal knick-knack paddywacks to fill that 5th floor studio home away from home apartment.

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Luckily they have an etsy shop - so those of us not living in the land of movie reels and super stars can grab a little piece of old Hollywood for ourselves!

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23 comments:

BaronessVonVintage said...

oh, that's what I hope my heaven looks like!!! Divine! Thanks for sharing!!!

meganbarkley said...

I am in love with this shop. I wish I could afford the items in their etsy shop, but they are definitely on my wish list.
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Rosie said...

This place looks amazing. If I ever make it out to LA this place is on my first places to visit list!

this is cyclogenesis said...

Oh fantastic! I'll have to go there next time I'm in town, it looks like such a dream. (The captcha I have to fill out for this is "pined" haha.)

Rebecca said...

I really need to go there!

JⒺssica said...

I'm going to LA soon, I'll have to hit this place up :)!

Samantha said...

This shop looks amazing - I wish I could visit it! :)

Jen said...

oh my god, it looks like there are so many beautiful pieces! i wish i could reach my hands into my computer screen and snatch them up! if only i was closer to LA :(

Lemon said...

your description of "old hollywood" made me homesick for something i've never experienced first-hand. amazing the power of words.

Penelope Nightingale said...

Oh my, it's perfect! All of the vintage shops that I frequent in Pennsylvania are so cluttered that you can hardly walk around (Which has its own charm!), but this place is so wonderfully organized and just all-around beautiful! Thank you for sharing the Etsy link!

Love,
Penelope

Ollie Otson said...

I was just in Echo Park yesterday thrifting, but didn't go pass by Flounce. Definitely will have to put that on the list, it looks wonderful.

Robin said...

Oh my, what a lovely lovely shop!!!!

Sally Jane Vintage said...

Your LA posts always leave me feeling a bit homesick. ;) Can you believe that in the three years I lived in LA, I never once made it to this shop? I didn't realize it was there until I was researching places for you to visit! It's on my list of places to see when we go back - maybe this summer.

Tess said...

That has to be the most amazing vintage shop I have ever seen! You lucky lucky duck. I am eyeballing those white 30's shoes on the shelf. Swoon.

reckless daughter said...

Ah, yes, Flounce is a lovely place! I sometimes wish it were a tiny bit bigger though.

Ps: I've also tasted that yummy lemonade from next door!

Marina said...

Oh I love this store! I found the most amazing vintage black dress and a pretty unique blouse! your photos took me back there, thank you!

Jessica said...

Oh my dream world!!!!!

Also, your description of slightly disheveled flapper girls in crazy appartments with funny old bath robe ladies is sortta perfect!!!! It's exactly (give or take!) what I'd like to imagine it all like! xx

Jada C. said...

If I ever get the chance to visit LA sometime soon, I'll have to check out Flounce Vintage!! Thanks for sharing :D


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Glamour-Och-Fläskpannkaka said...

looks like a lovely store!

zoë, lion heart vintage said...

ahhh romantic-era hollywood... i would have loved to have lived in that apartment building you spoke of!

i'm also completely in love with everything in flounce vintage - i can already spot a dozen things i'd buy in a second!

great post!

Fabiola "Fab" said...

I will definitely keep them in mind for when I vacation.

I'm drooling right now!

AlicePleasance said...

Do you know this book?

http://www.amazon.com/Vintage-L-Boutiques-Landmarks-Markets/dp/B002FL5F8Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272791166&sr=8-1

I love it...so bad I'm not planning to visit LA anytime soon!!

Marcheline said...

Wicked cool!

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