Although I had heard that vintage shopping in the southwest was good.. I had no idea HOW good it would be until I arrived here and saw it for myself.  I’m spending the weekend in L.A, and have taken it upon myself to check out as many areas as possible.  The amount of vintage and thrift readily available on every street is astonishing and quite frankly puts New York to shame.  This town is gonna be the end of my bank account, yet I don’t think I can contain myself. 
I went for a morning walk yesterday to find some coffee and ended up on Sunset Blvd in an area that was referred to by a fellow New Yorker as the Greenpoint of L.A.  I ended up seeing a ton of indie coffee shops, a book store, a few vintage shops and it made me feel quite at home.
I stopped at a coffee shop and the girl helping me mentioned that there would be a vintage clothing truck selling stuff in front of the shop within the next half hour.  I drank my coffee at a little outdoor table and waited for the girl who owned the van to open up shop.  I felt really lucky to have stumbled upon this gem accidentally.
Monique, the owner of the truck and Etsy Shop Selvedge Dry Goods, had turned a tiny little truck into the most amazing vintage boutique.  The ceiling and walls covered in awesome wallpaper, the clothing racks and jewelry stands all so perfectly arranged and so much in the likes of a (non mobile) store I forgot for a second that I was hanging out in the back of a truck. 
Her items were SO reasonably priced and she was so adorable, I couln’t help but fall in love with every aspect.  I chatted with Monique a bit about vintage and the east coast vs. west coast differences.
She had started out as a buyer and designer but had come to the realization that vintage is what made her happy, and I could relate to that.
After snapping some photos, I purchased an amazing necklace and made my way back to the apartment.  Even though nothing could ever replace the love I have for New York (I had to eat at a restaurant called “Bowery” last night) there was definitely a moment in Monique’s vintage truck that I felt very much at home.

My New Necklace!!!!!!!

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  • grunge-queen

    February 13, 2013 at 11:44 am |

    Ooh, I love the necklace, is it comprised of stones?

    • Pretty In Thrift

      February 15, 2013 at 5:03 am |

      I think its lucite.. and there are pieces of shell mixed in.. ive never seen anything quite like it.. def not stone.. too light :)

  • Victor Valle

    February 13, 2013 at 6:07 pm |

    WOW! This is amazing. I’ve seen the fruition of this truck from beginning to end, and the final product astonishes me every time. If you’re in the LA area at all, YOU MUST check out this mobile boutique!

  • Berklee Donavan

    February 13, 2013 at 7:46 pm |

    This truck amazes me and the clothes look adorable! I can’t wait to shop around it the next time I’m up in LA. It’s a definite must see boutique!

  • portable clothing rack

    March 8, 2013 at 7:33 am |

    Wow! This necklace looks great! I am so impressed!