Sometimes we can fall into a shopping rut, no? We visit the same stores countless times in the same month, hoping we’ll be surprised by fresh merchandise. And yet, all we find are the same items. The same styles. The same ol’ stuff. The fix? Altering your shopping routine. I’m telling you, slipping into a store you never thought would sell accessories or unique pieces is an amazing thing. You not only discover new gems, but you also add to your shopping repertoire. So you’ll no longer be stuck in a shopping rut.
And when it comes to easy shopping for the holiday season, we’ll take all the tips we can, right? Below is a small dose of unique stores to shop for others (and for yourself):
The Pacific Asia Museum Store. Named one of the “Best of L. A.” by Los Angeles Magazine, this museum shop offers books, clothing, home decor — and most importantly — jewelry. Each piece is hand selected. And each piece comes from local designers whose work reflects Asian themes. For instance, a “19.5” necklace by Yumori Designs is of serpentine, labradorite, and sterling silver with a serpentine disc pendant hand-carved with a double fish motif, one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols in Buddhist iconography.” Talk about unique! The Pacific Asia Museum is an Asian art museum located at 46 N. Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, California, United States.
Vroman’s Bookstore. Another hidden Pasadena gem to find jewelry, scarves, shoes, and more. You wouldn’t think the largest independent bookstore in Southern California would home unique accessories and goodies likes these. But it does. And all at reasonable prices. Like the Owl Necklace by Lucky Feather — an adorable sterling silver plated owl charm on a delicate chain — only $15.50. Or the Mr. Darcy Tote for $20.00. But my favorite? Slouchy, comfortable sweatshirts and tees with beautiful book covers imprinted on the front. (Something you’d definitely find in Urban Outfitters.) Like the deep purple Great Gatsby sweatshirt that looks like you’ll live in it for years. Vroman’s was founded in 1894, and is at 695 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101
Maude Woods. This store is one of my favorite little gift shops to date (though, it’s staff could be friendlier). The uniqueness and quality of the items in this store always astounds me, and I feel that no matter what I pick up, it’s been carefully placed there by owner, Carrie Davich.
“Carrie has an amazing sense for the original and most coveted selection of art and objects,” says the interior designer who collaborated with Davich in designing Maude Woods. “She has an eye for beauty and all things comfortable, and puts together the most gorgeous objects, creating a new style that is livable and timeless.” Love. Livable and timeless? I’m sold.
Maude Woods offers vintage inspired pieces to modern picks, including bedding, pillows, home accessories, jewelry, pottery, and more. The jewelry is handmade by various designers (which explains the high price tags). But my new favorite? Their selection of pillows, including the Welsh Dragon or Scottish Lion Pillow, each $110. Maude Woods is at 55 E Holly St, Pasadena, CA 91103.