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January 9, 2009 | Alana Semuels
After a barrage of complaints, federal regulators shifted gears Thursday and said they would no longer require that used children's clothing, toys and other items sold at secondhand stores be tested for lead. Thrift and consignment store operators had protested that they couldn't afford to pay for the testing, and that doing so would require them to stop selling some goods or even go out of business.
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BUSINESS
April 17, 2000 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Linda Kelly earns plenty of frequent-flier mileage traveling to corporate auctions where she bids on such industrial-strength used equipment as Class 100 clean rooms and nitrogen belt furnaces. But as the $100-billion business of disposing of excess corporate assets moves online, the Microsemi Corp. executive plans to spend more time in her Santa Ana office.
BUSINESS
July 10, 2006 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
Sony Corp. has patented technology that would prevent its PlayStation consoles from playing used, rented or borrowed video games -- raising questions about whether the electronics and entertainment giant may attempt to redefine what it means to own something in the digital age. Sony has said little about the technology, patented in Japan in 2000, or how it might be deployed.
NEWS
July 28, 1997 | JANET WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Meet Vahan Chamlian, the world's largest dealer in secondhand clothes. If you have ever donated your used duds to charity for a tax deduction, there's a chance you helped pay for his million-dollar Fresno home, his wife's Rolls-Royce or the corporate jet he uses for client calls worldwide. "The American public is very generous," the 71-year-old Chamlian said with a chuckle, an imported cigar clamped in his teeth and a diamond pinky ring sparkling on his left hand.
NEWS
June 8, 1990 | KATHRYN BOLD, Kathryn Bold is a regular contributor to Orange County Life
Heaven for bargain hunters can be found in the cluttered interiors of a consignment shop. For those lost souls who have yet to discover these gardens of Eden for the thrifty, imagine a garage sale that never ends, a flea market where anybody can put his unwanted possessions up for sale. Better than thrift stores because they're more selective about their merchandise, cheaper than antique stores, consignment shops have popped up all over Orange County.
NEWS
December 26, 1996 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like generations of smugglers along the Rio Grande, the gray-haired man with the droopy right eye specializes in exploiting the laws of supply and demand. As he prepared to slip a 20-kilo load across the U.S.-Mexico border, molding it into a tight wad with packing tape, he rationalized his illicit trade as an act of desperation, the sort of thing decent people turn to when poverty and unemployment cut their options short.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 1993 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a move that raises the stakes in the music industry's multimillion-dollar battle over used compact discs, Wherehouse Entertainment will dramatically step up its commitment to recycled music on Sunday by expanding its used-CD sales program to include 250 of its 315 outlets. That's 10 times the number of stores the Torrance-based firm committed to used-CD sales just six months ago, a plan aimed to help combat rising prices and increase sales volume in a dwindling market for new product.
BUSINESS
December 23, 1998 | DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This has been a dreadful year for most exporters to Asia, but John Dawoodjee is a notable exception. He has had a breakthrough year there, as orders and calls from South Korea, Japan and China have poured into his West Los Angeles company, National Advanced Endoscopy Devices. "It has not been a factor at all," he said of Asia's economic crisis.
NEWS
March 19, 1998 | KATHRYN BOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's and other mass retailers usually carry new merchandise, not things once worn by someone else. But when it comes to jewelry, they're making a rare exception. Demand for older, previously owned jewelry is so great, large department stores now vie with mom-and-pop jewelers for Grandmother's garnet necklace or Great-Aunt Bertha's diamond Art Deco brooch.
HOME & GARDEN
August 19, 2004 | David A. Keeps and Adamo DiGregorio, Special to The Times
Even without this weekend's annual street fair, Sunset Junction is a funky alternative to the higher-priced design districts in Los Angeles. On a few blocks of Sunset Boulevard, just east of Santa Monica Boulevard in Silver Lake, vintage furniture is stacked on the sidewalks next to clothing stores with hip housewares and outdoor cafes with small bazaars tucked away inside. From ethnic to beatnik, industrial to whimsical, the Junction is a meeting place for almost every taste and pocketbook.
BUSINESS
August 5, 2000 | JOSEPH MENN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gateway Inc. became the first computer company to borrow another tactic from the car business, allowing customers to trade in even rivals' old personal computers and apply the value toward a new machine. The San Diego-based PC maker began offering the trade-in deal Thursday to businesses and to consumers who made orders over the phone, and it plans to have the trade-in deal available on its Web site Monday, said spokesman Brad Williams. Until Sept.
NEWS
July 14, 2000 | From Baltimore Sun
Susan Weitzel stands poised, slim figure alert and eyes bright, like a cat about to pounce on unsuspecting prey. Her prey is a scruffy little table with long, spindly legs. It lurks in the middle of a jumble of well-used toys, old garden tools and some disreputable-looking books, all spilling over a frontyard of a small house.
BUSINESS
April 17, 2000 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Linda Kelly earns plenty of frequent-flier mileage traveling to corporate auctions where she bids on such industrial-strength used equipment as Class 100 clean rooms and nitrogen belt furnaces. But as the $100-billion business of disposing of excess corporate assets moves online, the Microsemi Corp. executive plans to spend more time in her Santa Ana office.
BUSINESS
November 22, 1999 | JONATHAN GAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than an hour before the Book Baron opens for business, a dozen workers weave around its aisles, restocking shelves that are unusually tidy for a used-book store. Come opening time, however, not a single person enters the store, which anchors a barren strip mall in a modest Anaheim neighborhood that long ago fell from Barnes & Noble's target demographic.
BUSINESS
July 27, 1999 | From Bloomberg News
Airbus Industrie said it will deny factory parts and services to airlines that buy used Airbus planes from Boeing Co., intensifying the battle between the world's only two makers of large jetliners. Boeing agreed in June to buy 17 used Airbus A-340-300 jets from Singapore Airlines Ltd. and resell them to support the airline's $1.9-billion purchase of 10 Boeing 777 jets. The order was a blow to Airbus, which will see many of its wide-body jets phased out by one of Asia's most important carriers.
NEWS
January 6, 1991 | GAILE ROBINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If there is anything more astounding than the rate at which children outgrow clothes, it is the high cost of replacing those clothes. John Tugman of MRCA Information Services, a marketing research company based in Stamford, Conn., says the nationwide average cost of clothing a girl age 15 or younger was $420 in 1989. The average cost for a boy in the same age group was $345. For families with several children, the total could throw a budget off track.
NEWS
May 15, 1992 | CINDY LaFAVRE YORKS
For her recent marriage to anchor John Tesh actress Connie Selleca wore a gown reported to have cost $30,000. Few brides, however, would or could choose a dress that costs as much, say, as a new Buick. Far kinder, gentler price tags can be found at 2nd Look Bridal and Formal, a Tustin-area resale shop that specializes in wedding apparel. Gowns are priced from $199 to $1,895, a savings of 30% to 50% off the original prices. All of the gowns at 2nd Look were originally purchased by brides.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 1999 | RACHEL FISCHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's a sunny weekend afternoon in North Hollywood, and the vintage vultures are out. It's not hard to spot these guerrilla shoppers: Tour the many used-clothing and used-goods stores on and around Lankershim and Laurel Canyon boulevards and you'll quickly get a feel for who's who on the bargain circuit. The same faces turn up from store to store, their brows furrowed as they paw pre-owned clothing and china and tchotchkes.
NEWS
January 3, 1999 | BOOTH MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Have you ever dreamed of walking in the shoes of a celebrity? Perhaps you'd rather slip into Drew Barrymore's blood-spattered sweater from "Scream," or the late Brandon Lee's gothic get-up from "The Crow"? Two local stores can make your star fantasies come true. It's a Wrap! and Star Wares on Main offer for sale thousands of wardrobe and personal items from movies and television. Located in a warehouse-like space in Burbank, It's a Wrap! caters to fans and bargain shoppers alike.
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