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We recently checked out the new Little Tokyo offshoot of Raggedy Threads -- probably the most friendly and non-pretentious vintage store anywhere. It's still the same fab store, same friendly staff, and same amazing vintage pieces, but in a more convenient location. Don't worry, both locations stock a stellar selection of boots, hippie tops, paper thin tees, distressed leather, lovely dresses and plaid shirts, for both women and men.
Fittingly, the interior is vintage too -- it's even older than the clothing. They took century-old wood from a St. Louis barn, and used it on the unfinished herringbone patterned wall, racks, tables, and benches. The door that separates the office area is a 1900s Victorian screen door which was re-screened, but still has that raw and authentic feel. You can tell there has been a lot of love put into this shop.
The store's most valuable treasure is owner Jaime Wong, who has a terrific eye and a willingness to help her customers. She obviously knows her stuff, and she's a pro at picking and filling her quaint store with quality pieces. Regarding the move, Jaime said that the store (formerly located in Covina, of all places) seems to be better suited for the Little Tokyo area; there's better foot traffic and of course better rent. Another upside, you can eat shabu shabu across the street or take a seat at one of the dozen or so sushi bars, before or after you stop by.
And yes, their location in the Arts District is still open. For now. Jaime's closing the doors on December 18th. Starting after Thanksgiving, they're going to have a blowout extravaganza -- all clothing, fixtures, wall decor and knick knacks will need to go, and for cheap.
But if you can't make it down, check out their online store on Etsy, where items for sale are still the handpicked treasures found in their brick & mortar. (Text and photos by Kika Davis)
· Raggedy Threads [Official Site]