Suzanne O’Connor’s Bargains LA

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By Suzanne O'Connor

I visit a lot of stores that are great bargain stores. But some don’t always fit the mission of BargainsLA.  Just Friday, I had to pick up my kid in Santa Monica, so I left 4 hours early and stopped at a multitude of stores on route. Only one out of four fit the criteria. Here’s how it went down.

First stop was The Runway Outlet is Silverlake. (2395 Glendale Blvd., LA)
I was happy to see the owner Alli again and chat with her. She had in a terrific selection of women’s clothing by Clover Canyon, Myne, Love Zooey, Woodleigh and other cutting edge brands at 40%-70% off.  It’s easy to shop here and Alli is a gem of an individual. We’ve been recommending the Runway Outlet for years.

Second Stop, Eric’s Architectural Salvaged. (2110 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90026).
They have a great selection of unusual architectural pieces in doors, fountains, pottery, tiles, lighting, hardware etc. Owner Wanda was incredibly knowledgeable, loves old things and it shows. She’s friendly and easy to talk to….But the prices were way way outta my league.

Third Stop, Ingrams Used Furniture & Antiques. (4558 W. Washington Blvd., LA).
I had bought a great bookcase here for $45 years ago and had wanted to stop back in and see what was up.
The owner was out front smoking a stogie and chatting it up with a customer. So I ventured into his cluttered, crowded store packed to the ceiling with antiques, furniture, collectibles and usual art, china and jewelry items. This place is as unpretentious as you can get, funky and tacky all at once. I love stores like this, but it’s not for the persnickety shopper.
Dusty and crowded with a light scent of cigar ashes, the intrepid will find some good buys here on older home furnishings, But ya gotta know what you’re looking at and have the ability to do your own TLC and or restoration.

Fourth Stop was a mattress spot that had been recommended to me twice, Connie’s Mattress Stop, (11725 W. Pico Blvd., WLA).
At first look it was like most Mattress stores. They carried a lot of BeautyRest by Simmons. The prices were basically retail until you started talking to the rep, Kim. Since I told him I had been referred by a friend, he went out of his way to give me a great price on a Simmons queen mattress I liked. The price started at $899, but by the time I left he had dropped it to $599 with only a $20 delivery fee to Glendale.

Unfortunately I can’t formally recommend stores that offer 30% discounts if you dicker well or have been referred.  But it may be worth a visit if you live on the west side.

After picking up the kid from the Santa Monica pier, I got stuck in hell-ashish WLA traffic. Don’t know how those peeps deal with it. An hour from Ocean to the 405 which should have been a 10-15 minute drive. Then 35 minutes into Glendale…. Reasonable for a Friday.

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