- There are over 7000 antique dealers and thrift shops in California .
- RG Cannings’ Flea Market at the Pasadena Rose Bowl is the largest monthly venue with over 1000 vendors.
- Any weekend in California there are over 2000 garage and estate sales occurring. Listed on Craigslist, EstateSales.com, or garagesalefinder.com/ or the newer VarageSale.com
Generally most antique and consignment stores are lumped together, designated as antique-row. As such they are able to offer help-each-other with this one-stop-shop theme. There is a wealth of interesting lore, vintage, and collectibles.
The downside of most charitable thrift stores, garage sales, and flea markets is the staff or volunteers often are unequipped to help you understand or look for odd, one-of-a-kind, or unique pieces from yesterday.
So where does one start?
Best of Times, which has been in Burbank since 1996 (the Northridge Earthquake destroyed their previous location).
The corner location allows the outdoor lighting to filter through the store windows. This illumination allows easier view every shelf, nook, and corner. Packed wall to wall with everything imaginable from yesterday: dolls, clothing, purses, plates, cups, paintings, plaques, prints, rhinestone pieces, architecture tucked here and there, furniture holding more pieces, and lots of linens to add to anything you might repurpose.
Lori, the owner of Best of Times, and her staff maintain a clean odor free store by systematically dusting the shelves and contents; providing customers with a memorable shopping experience. Items are fairly priced and if you see something you like it is advisable to buy now because quite often it has been bought by someone else by the next time you visit.
This is a lovely store to spend an afternoon in Burbank – even tourists in town attest to the friendly environment. Best of Times: 3401 W. Magnolia Blvd Open Tues – Sun 10am -6pm 818-848-5851 http://bestoftimesantiques.com
Note: Some merchants are also online using Etsy , Craigslist, or Ebay and so may not need or be willing to negotiate since their customer base is larger than the local population of walk-ins. So while more and more brick-and-mortar antique stores are venturing into an internet presence to sell product; it is still the traditional word-of-mouth that brings customers. Unfortunately it seems the best intentions of people who comment on- line can be dismissed by “yelping” which is intentionally not as easy to go away or be forgotten