February 29, 2012

Jet Rag Vintage in LA

On Saturday we stopped by Jet Rag Vintage based on Leilani's recommendation - and boy, it did not disappoint! Racks and racks of clothing from the early 1920's to the present day. It was unbelievable. We kept walking through the store and finding more and more things. We totally missed a whole section of the store devoted to formal long dresses. I honestly was more overwhelmed than anything..which is so surprising because I love thrifting. I guess its a little different when you want to look through everything because you know that it's all vintage!

I bought a really cute skirt with puppies on it...which I may have left in LA? I'm not sure. I had to jam pack my suitcase with the vintage clothes I bought the following day. On Sundays Jet Rag has their dollar yard sale where they have most of their old pieces on the ground in small piles and everything is a dollar. Most of the things weren't even worth the dollar...but then 10:45 rolled around and they brought out all of their new merchandise. I have no idea where they get it all--but its more vintage than I have ever seen in my life.

The vintage clothes were wrapped in piles (think hay stacks) and alined in a row. People came early and scouted out which pile they wanted to ruffle through, then they sat on their claimed stack of clothes. When they cut off the plastic we were not allowed to touch it until all of the plastic was cut off and they said "go". You could feel the anticipation in the air. Once they said go everyone grabbed all they could and moved it into a pile on the side lines in order to ruffle through it. It was chaos!

We teamed up with a couple of people who've done it before and made a massive pile of vintage clothes. It took us a while to go through everything since we had to make sure everyone in the group didnt want the item before we tossed it in the "no" pile. People were like vultures surrounding our pile and trying to take stuff we were looking through. Lets just say tensions were really high..and it was really stressful. One woman actually threatened me after we got in a little spat. She was too intense for me!


Anyway - it got some really nice vintage pieces and I guess I would do it again..and maybe be a little more mentally prepared. It stresses me out just thinking about it. Oh well. It was worth it!

1 comment:

  1. I love the pieces you found! It takes skill to pick em out in the piles.


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