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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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Stylist and entrepreneur Christina Samoylov launched online luxury consignment site Designer Vault. In addition to selling a well-edited collection of designer pieces, the vintage maven will personally make house calls to help you cleanse your closet by carefully curating what pieces to keep, trash, donate and sell. No stranger to the thrill of the hunt, here, the pro treasure hunter shares one of her go-to spots for discovering everything from home decor items to vintage designer wares.
The National Council of Jewish Women thrift shop is nestled on Santa Monica Boulevard between BevMo and a quiet side street. It's not exactly the place you'd expect to find funky vintage home decor pieces next to Chanel—a true treasure trove. I have personally found everything from Hermes silk scarves and Ann Demeulemeester combat boots to Chanel bags. The key is to go early and always, always go to their Best of the Best sale. (They save up all of their best merchandise and unveil it on this very special day.) This is one thrift shop you won't want to miss. One final tip ladies: don't leave your basket of goodies unattended as someone will see that designer label and have no shame in swooping it right out from under you.