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We're usually intrigued by the places highlighted in our "Shopping Confidential" series, but today's pick, Yellow Aster Mercantile, is downright fascinating. Unfortunately the curious antiques shop, which has been in operation for 44 years and is only open for a few hours a day, is about to pass into history. According to their Facebook page, and a quick call to the store, the staff of Yellow Astor is in the process of selling off most of the merchandise right now and plan to close up in the next few months (by July, probably, said the man we spoke with).
If the incredible exterior of the store isn't alluring enough, check out this Yelp review, which only makes the place seem more appealing:
"The Yellow Aster Mercantile Co. was owned by tall, tall, 7- foot tall Hugh Langtree, who worked for many years as a Best Boy or Grip in tons of Hollywood movies. The Yellow Aster was a sort-of warehouse for the props he rented to movie shoots, primarily western stuff.
One time, in the 70s, I was invited to go gold-panning up in Coarsegold and was asked to bring my own gold-pan, so I went to Hugh's place and he lent me an original 1849 gold pan, bless his Irish soul (fished up a giant golden nugget in that pan!). Another time, in my accordion-collecting days (daze), Hugh pulled out for me a beautiful 1930s accordion which had once been the prize golden accordion of #1 Accordion-Champ of USA Hot-Shot of 1935 (later a movie producer and old friend of Hugh's); I still have that accordion beauty in its original case with purple velvet interior cloth. He sure had great stuff, great stories, and a great smile.Yellow Aster Mercantile's hours are 3 to 6pm Monday through Saturday, but may be a bit more flexible. Give them a call at 310-991-5478 if you plan to head over.
· Yellow Aster Mercantile [Facebook]
· Yellow Aster Mercantile [Yelp]
· Gloria Noto's Favorite Shop for Amazing Antiques [Racked]