Before we start talking about the incredible hunting along the west coast let’s talk about how stressful it can be to get to the LAX airport at 5am. We Lyft and Uber don’t drive through Topanga Canyon on a normal morning. I didn’t realize this the first time I tried to catch a lyft but there weren’t any for 20 miles. Let’s just say I missed my flight. So this time around I spent an extra $20 and hired a private car from www.laxluxurycarservice.com to get me to the airport 20 minutes early. Totally worth it.
Anyways There are a lot of amazing places to hunt for vintage in Los Angeles but there are also some amazing places to to hunt along the west coast. I have some secret spots but I am going to share them with you! First and form most you have to check out San Francisco. Haight and Ashbury is where it is at. Every single shop on this street is incredible. And the people watching is almost worth the trip, I tell you what. But it is sad to see that the culture is dying a bit. It is definitely not like the 60s or 70s. Now you see hipster tech dudes roaming the streets with their $2,000 fixed gear street bikes with their brand new laptops in there side bag.
The tye die and bell bottoms no longer walk the streets of San Francisco, it has now become a playground for the rich, and not a cool hang for the artists. You can’t even afford to live in the city unless you make 6 figures. It really changes the dynamic. But any ways there are still some amazing vintage stores hanging out, filled with the good stuff that the rich tech people would never find appealing.
Just a little history lesson, the brand Granny Takes A trip was located in San Francisco, on the inside of every custom piece there would be a tab of sunshine to put under your tongue. They were making these custom rock and roll costumes for everyone. The beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Led Zepplin, just about everyone in the show biz had a piece of their collection. It’s unfortunate but they did close their doors down. So if you ever find a piece buy them you better cherish it forever.