It’d be easy to spend $840 on a 28-inch-high table lamp from HD Buttercup or $7,000 on a tufted velvet sofa from Jonathan Adler if we all shared a surname with the Getty family. Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to find unique and affordable Mid-Century furniture in Los Angeles that will elevate any interior space almost immediately without having to take a second mortgage out on your home. Here are some antique shops, websites, flea markets and expert tips that’ll make your décor stand out.
Hollywood set decorators and designers are devoted fans of family-owned antique shop Hernandez Furniture, making it a great spot to check out for unique finds. Most desks and chairs lean midcentury-modern, but their stock list is also dotted with funkier items, like a real ostrich leg. Sifting through the store can be a process, but there’s a good chance you’ll find something amazing.
Buying furniture online can be nerve wracking, but the supremely well-curated Etsy shop Select Modern is in a league of its own. Shop owners Danielle and Cory Kingdon have been selling midcentury-modern furniture, lighting and decor online since 2009, and they’re clearly well practiced. Their streamlined shipping system and high-quality inventory (Arthur Umanoff bar stool, anyone?) makes items sell quickly, so check their website frequently.
Sixth Sense Los Angeles is a hidden goldmine. The Koreatown spot for custom and renovated furniture frequently hosts sample sales at up to 50% off, and even non-sale prices are still good. The best part? Sixth Sense’s under-the-radar status means less competition from other buyers.
Park La Brea
TINI, aka This Is Not IKEA, is a beloved fixture in L.A.’s indie furniture scene for good reason. The eclectic Fairfax shop is decidedly unpretentious, and store owner Alexis Hadjopulos’ quirky sensibility translates into a unique collection. Prices vary, but through shoppers can still find great pieces at good prices.
Hold your skepticism—Target’s website is an excellent place to find really chic home stuff. Of course, it helps that they collab with Emily Henderson, aka The Person With The Greatest Insta in the World, and also the person who will force you to completely re-think the color navy. (Emily, lunch soon?)
Sunset Bazaar, a colorful, family owned antique shop in Echo Park, is a great place to look for under-the-radar finds. Check out their new arrivals online before heading over, but don’t forget about their custom pieces, like this gorgeous multi-colored drawer credenza.
Like their name suggests, West Coast Modern L.A. specializes in restoring and selling midcentury-modern furniture. Pieces come from both the United States and Denmark, creating a period-specific collection that still has good variety. The huge salesroom is also stocked with lighting and decorative pieces, and shipping within Los Angeles is free.
West Hollywood; Pasadena
The Melrose and Rose Bowl Flea Markets are two of the best spots in the city to really search for great vintage furniture. The sheer number of vendors—and over eager customers—can make it overwhelming, but carve out a few hours and take your time combing through the stalls. You never know when you might find a hidden Eames chair or a gorgeous credenza.