Before he founded the home store TINI, Alexis Hadjopulos turned garage sale castoffs into gold
Friendly fire: “I don’t hate Ikea,” says Alexis Hadjopulos of his two-year-old Fairfax Avenue emporium TINI, short for This Is Not Ikea. “My first apartment was all Ikea.” He moved to L.A. from Mexico in 2000 to pursue a pop-singing career—until his dad cut him off. Dollar signs: An avid yard sale shopper, Hadjopulos flipped a $5 Moroccan-style side table on Craigslist for $50. Intrigued by the profit margin, he haunted garage sales, amassing hundreds of quirky vintage pieces. Along with Charles and Di jigsaw puzzles, brown velveteen club chairs from the ’60s share pride of place in his store, which he co-owns with Tom Whitman, who mostly handles the business side. Home works: This year Hadjopulos was hired to decorate the downtown loft of Mark Foster, front man for the band Foster the People, transforming it into a lighthearted space complete with a neon motel sign found on a roadside. His favorite score? A life-size 1987 black-and-white photo of Daryl Hannah that hangs in his dining room, for which he paid $2.50. » 515 S. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 323-938-9230.
Photograph by Lisa Romerein