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April 30, 1993 | GAILE ROBINSON
* Antennae: The Valley version of Neo-Ancestral and English comfy. An overstuffed armchair is slipcovered in a granny cherry-print tablecloth, $1,000. An unrestored white wicker chaise lounge has a cushion newly upholstered in a faded rose print, $800. A pair of matching armchairs covered in gold damask are $900. 13059 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, (818) 907-1810. * A. N. Abell Auctions (often referred to as Abell's Auction House): Furniture auctions every Thursday.
December 30, 1993 | ROBERT BARKER
The city soon may have indoor swap meets and flea markets. City Council members voted to amend ordinances to permit indoor swap meets and flea markets to operate in buildings of at least 100,000 square feet in commercial and industrial areas for a maximum period of 10 years. Triggering the council action was a request by officials of Frazer Tembley Enterprises to open an indoor swap meet in a vacant 200,000-square-foot building formerly occupied by the Weiser Lock Co.
August 7, 2011 | By Rick Steves, Special to the Los Angeles Times
At Europe's lively open-air markets and bazaars, bargaining for merchandise is the accepted and expected method of setting a price. Whether you're looking for door knockers or hand-knitted sweaters, seize the chance to bargain like a native. It's the only way to find a compromise between the wishful thinking of the seller and the souvenir-driven lust of the tourist. Bargaining can be fun if you learn how to haggle. Among many good markets where you can practice your skills are Amsterdam's Waterlooplein, London's Portobello Market, Paris' Puces de St-Ouen, Madrid's El Rastro, and the souk of Tangier in Morocco.
December 9, 2012 | By Judy Mandell
By some accounts, most Americans have done it. They've repacked, rewrapped and resent unwanted presents to a new recipient. A survey in October 2011 by home fashion retailer HomeGoods found that more than half of the 1,000-plus respondents had regifted, 65% suspected they had received a regift and more than one-third were repeat regifters. An American Express survey in December 2011 found that 79% of people believe regifting is acceptable. "Due to the Great Recession we have become increasingly more thoughtful about overspending," says Dana Holmes, editor in chief of the website
The Movie: "Pleasantville." The Setup: Siblings David (Tobey Maguire) and Jennifer (Reese Witherspoon) accidentally step into a 1950s black-and-white television sitcom world, and their presence has a deep impact on the populace. The Costume Designer: Judianna Makovsky, whose credits include "Big," "Great Expectations," "A Little Princess," "Six Degrees of Separation," "Lolita" and the current release "Practical Magic."
August 29, 2002 | T.L. Stanley
Is a flea market a swap meet and visa versa? Not exactly, though many people use the terms interchangeably. Flea markets, like at the Rose Bowl and Long Beach, pride themselves on antiques and collectible goods, whether that be Chippendale furniture, Deco lamps or metal gasoline station signs. In recent years, items from the 1970s, '80s and '90s--action figures and Beanie Babies to name a few--have elbowed their way in, though it's the old stuff that is still the main attraction.
November 2, 2006 | Craig Nakano
HIS schedule may be packed with design commissions, photography projects and TV tapings, but Todd Oldham still finds time for one of his personal passions: the flea market. For Oldham, author of "Hand Made Modern," the reward isn't what you buy but rather what you experience -- the discovery of cultural relics that speak of another time and place.
November 2, 2006 | Janet Eastman, Times Staff Writer
THE scene at this Santa Monica flea market says it all: Shiny black Lincoln Town Cars and Mercedes-Benz SUVs have packed the preferred parking spaces. Vendors look as if they belong in Nordstrom, not under a tent in an airport parking lot. As shoppers wander the aisles, lattes in hand, actor John Malkovich stops by one booth and eyes a French Moderne-style desk from the 1940s. Too late. It sold hours ago for $1,200.
August 27, 1989 | JENNIFER MERIN, Merin is a New York City free-lance writer
It's possible to buy almost anything in this city without setting foot in a store. Every day from early spring until late fall, and even into winter, weather permitting, vendors on street corners or at weekend flea markets offer everything from underwear to lamp shades to telephone answering machines to jewelry to punk footwear. Plus fresh fruit, pretzels, frankfurters, sausages, knishes and franks. Street vendors set up on corners from Wall Street to the West Side.
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