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Los Angeles has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some local shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around LA that we might not all know about. Cue the Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.
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Originally from New York, Marlien Rentmeester moved to LA over a decade ago and now spends her days as the west coast editor of Lucky Magazine. By night, she works on her new fashion blog, LeCatch, an expert curation of cheap chic finds gleaned from the Internet's best style sources. Currently in fixing-up-my-home mode, Rentmeester has been hitting up Hotel Surplus Outlet, a little gem that she had a hard time keeping a secret—until now.
"Whether I am shopping for clothes or home furnishings, I tend to dig up the best treasures in the most unexpected places. One of my favorite home sources (a secret I am almost loathe to share) is Hotel Surplus Outlet, which is located on the outskirts of Los Angeles in Van Nuys. It's a secondhand furnishings warehouse, stocked with castoffs from the ritziest hotels in California. Its newest shipment includes gorgeous modern fixtures and furniture from Kelly Wearstler's Avalon Hotel and Maison 140, and more traditional pieces from The Peninsula in Beverly Hills—and the amount of things I've scored there is...still a secret."· Hotel Surplus Outlet [Official Site]
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