|Pretty stuff at Paper Moon - Maya Kachroo-Levine|
There’s a substantial amount of polite confusion in L.A. about the difference between “thrift shops” and “vintage shops.” And no one — not even the people who own these fine establishments — knows where to draw a line. To my mind, going “thrifting” involves hunting around for deals on secondhand stuff and coming home with $4 jeans that I can distress myself. Thrift shops are where you treat yourself to new-to-you clothes because you don’t want to shell out for yet another $50 shirt you'll wear once when you could get 10 shirts for the same price, and where you find outfits for the annual ugly sweater Christmas parties. On the other hand, I think of “vintage” shops as carrying highly curated selections of clothing and accessories that I can’t afford, like an authentic Chanel bag or prescription sunglasses. Across L.A., thrift shops are disappearing while vintage boutiques are popping up all over the place. After a Saturday of exploring thrift and vintage stores alike, I learned that there are plenty of vintage shops that still allow you to be thrifty, and that the tried-and-true, better-than-the-dollar-store thrift shops still very much exist on L.A.'s Eastside.
Here are the eight best places to find deals on people's old stuff.