One of the bright shiny lights that make Los Angeles so much fun is about to go out. Shine Gallery at The Original Farmers Market is set to close at the end of this month. I’ll really miss taking friends to the bizarre emporium of colorful vintage memorabilia to pick up some ancient toy or tchotchke in its original packaging.
Owner Bernie Shine has become a good friend of mine. We met when he spotted me pressing my nose to the glass after the store had closed one night. He turned on the lights, invited me in, and I fell in love with the place. The Farmers Market will lose some of its color when this amazing little shop filled with mementos of American life in the pre-plastic age goes away. There’s a big sale going on now, including those historic display cases that came out of some grand department store. Before The Grove arrived, the market was filled with unusual little shops, and a huge antique market somewhere near where The Cheesecake Factor sits today. Authenticity and quirk (I want to see peanut butter being made and donuts in the shape of a dinosaur!) are my two biggest reasons for visiting The Farmers Market. I hope that never disappears.