I ♥ LA.
Weekend adventures into the Flower and Fashion districts might be my new “thing”. When you live in the Santa Monica/Brentwood area, it’s so easy to get used to your safe beachy bubble and I regret not spending more time in the “grungier” areas downtown. The blocks in between San Julian and Maple on 9th had me feeling like a little kid in a candy shop. Saturday mornings are bustling with shop owners who are willing to cut a deal. Rolls and rolls of fabric are spilling out of storefronts and all you need is the willingness to dig.
Our goal was to find some cool upholstery fabric to finally reupholster a nasty side-walk pickup wingback chair that’s been living in our living room for 6 months. Last year, we spent a pretty penny on reupholstering another craigslist fixer upper and we didn’t want to repeat. One thing that I’ve learned by working on the wholesale side of business is that, as a consumer, always seek out opportunities to buy stuff at wholesale because retail shops seriously rip you off, earning 50% margins (or sometimes more)!
About an hour of hustling and bargaining later, we drove away as happy birdies with everything we needed (and more) for under $100.
Deal of the day: 3 yards of soft, grey striped jersey cotton (I plan on making some nighties and maybe a summer dress), 14 zippers and enough elastic to last me a lifetime for $6!