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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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Born and raised in LA, Lindsay Sternberg launched her line Kenny back in 2009. Many of her designs are inspired by family, her memories and old photographers of her mother and grandmother. Here, Sternberg shares her favorite, albeit terribly named, vintage spot in Ventura.
"If you could get past the awkward/uncomfortable name of this thrift shop, you will be more than pleasantly surprised by this hidden treasure. It's located in Ventura and is usually packed with local senior citizens. The store doesn't fit the typical cool vintage shop aesthetic and requires a lot of patience and digging. Despite all of that, I have never left this store empty handed and the prices are ridiculously reasonable. They have an amazing selection of boots for both men and women. Their sweater section is unparalleled, full of to-die-for Navajo prints and cable knits that you just can't find anymore. I own beautiful wine glasses, jewelry dishes and ceramic coffee mugs found in their home section. The jewelry case reminds me of the treasures I find scouring estate sales. This store is absolutely worth a drive up the coast and you are guaranteed to score."
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