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Thrift store adventure: Sunland
We thrift store shoppers have a problem. We want you to know we got that impeccable '60s fake white fur coat for a mere eight dollars, but we fear you might find it before we do. So we at LAist will, intermittently, tell you the vague locations of some fantastic thrift stores, and if you're enterprising enough to suss them out, well, you might deserve a vintage fake fur coat of your own.
There's not much in Sunland, but if you brave the vacated warehouses and crackling power lines, you'll find yourself in a thrift store crammed full of stuff. See above? Not just one polka-dot ceramic chicken, but five. Five polka-dotted ceramic chickens.
There are so many people, and so many things to buy, at Thrift Store Adventure Sunland that to score a shopping cart you have to enlist the help of the Spanish-speaking security guard and/or dog the heels of departing shoppers. We camped out behind 3 people in the checkout line before getting a cart of our own. We bypassed the ceramic chickens with a twinge of regret and headed into the clothing-and-so-much-more room.
Hours later, we left with the aforementioned fake fur, a pink silk pencil skirt, Versace jeans, a couple of records, an enormous vintage tray, and a spinning globe for less than you'd spend on a pair of sneakers at Loehmann's. We would have taken two spinning globes, actually, but somebody stuck their thumb through Upper Mongolia of the second one.