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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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As the brand-spanking new editor of Refinery 29's Los Angeles edition, Brenna Egan (who goes by nicknames like Babs and Bunny) is responsible for filling the site with West Coast content on the daily. Her favorite little LA gem? A spot in Burbank called Reel Appeal that specializes in furniture and more from movie sets of the past.
"Okay, so I can't believe I'm spilling this skeleton in my shopping closet, but here goes. The set items from extinct TV shows and movies that have wrapped must go somewhere and a lot of them have gone straight to my pad! Formerly located in a ginormous warehouse in the Arts District downtown, Reel Appeal is so under-the-radar that it went MIA for a hot minute (and still doesn't even have a legit website!) Now this liquidation destination is near the Burbank airport, and it's always best to call the owner first to find out what treasures currently lie in its trove. There may be a random collection of gumball machines and arcade games one day, or chic leopard dining chairs a la Tony Duquette the next (mine!). I promise it's always worth the trip though, as there's off-the-wall inspiration galore."· Refinery29 Los Angeles [Official Site]
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