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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2003 | Kristina Sauerwein, Times Staff Writer
Eleven years ago, Teri Horton walked into a San Bernardino thrift store and plunked down $5 for an "ugly" painting she thought would amuse a downtrodden friend. Instead, the artwork's dizzying splashes of yellow, red and other shades of liquid enamel ended up putting a smile on her face. Some art experts believe the big, bright canvas may be a genuine Jackson Pollock worth millions of dollars."I still think it's ugly," said Horton, 70, a retired long-haul trucker living in Costa Mesa.
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NEWS
December 6, 2001 | ADAM BREGMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Amid the beat-up stuffed animals and Herb Alpert records, there are still pearls to be discovered in thrift stores. Sure, the pickings have been slim ever since vintage clothing became popular, and many thrift stores have been plundered by vintage clothing store buyers and antique dealers. Still, it's important to note that most people shop in thrift stores because they can't afford to shop anywhere else.
NEWS
August 31, 2001 | BOOTH MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Summer vacation is on its last legs but it's the Zone at the Glendale Galleria, not the beach, that's buzzing with teens on a sunny weekday. The perky, pierced, punked-out and prepped set take in all the latest looks for back-to-school but they don't seem overly impressed. "I don't like wearing something that's a major trend," says Kat Garcia, 17, wearing an Army issue camouflage jacket, a hand-me-down from a sergeant uncle.
MAGAZINE
August 26, 2001 | BARBARA THORNBURG
WHEN FRIENDS ASK COLOMBIAN-BORN MAKEUP ARTIST JORGE VARGAS WHERE he lives, he often responds, "Darling, I live in a papaya." Vargas' L-shaped studio, located in a high-rise building on Manhattan's Upper Westside, sports bright orange walls the color of the tropical fruit. "When I come home, I feel like in I'm in the middle of some tropical creative explosion," says the artist, whose work revolves around color.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2000 | ANDRE BRISCOE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Today, Ana Petrovich will sit at her kitchen table, stuff letters into envelopes and send them to elementary school principals just as she has done for the last two years. Petrovich is a volunteer at the Child Guidance Center Thrift Shop in Buena Park, and her primary job is to contact local elementary schools asking for donations of children's clothing, which the store washes, then sells during the summer.
NEWS
April 27, 2000 | ANNIE GROER, WASHINGTON POST
Interior designers do it. Owners of stylish stores and restaurants do it. And so do thousands of savvy consumers, though some are reluctant to say so: They buy and sell furniture and home accessories at consignment shops. Bored with that chintz chair? Looking for a landscape to hang over the mantel? Yearning for a set of silver serving pieces?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1999 | JESSICA GARRISON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Annie Overn spent years pacing the halls of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, willing her little girl to recover from a series of illnesses caused by an immune deficiency. When her daughter died, she stopped making the anxious trips to the hospital and started driving to the thrift store across the street instead.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1999 | ANDY SAMUELSON
Most thrift stores carry similar items, like clothes, books, plates, glasses and furniture. But what makes the One More Time Senior Thrift Shop on High Street special is that it's operated entirely by senior citizens and has been since it was established in 1985. "We have anything and everything you can imagine," said Madeline Kucinskas, 80. "And we sell it, too." The store is open six days a week and run by six volunteers from the nonprofit Moorpark Active Seniors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1999 | NEDA RAOUF
The National Council of Jewish Women will hold a grand opening today for its new "superstore" thrift shop in Van Nuys. "This is our largest store," said Sara Feldman, executive director of the NCJW/Los Angeles, adding that it's the group's second store in the San Fernando Valley and the sixth in Los Angeles. The shop's merchandise, which includes jewelry, designer clothing, collectibles and furniture, has all been donated.
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