Antique shopping is either done by searching shops for the item you are looking for or by finding places that you can look into each shop and being so pleasantly surprised by the items that you find that you just have to take them home with you. There are antiques in Los Angeles of all different sizes, shapes, and colors in different places around the area. You will find antiques in strip malls, quaint old houses, large warehouses, mixed in with new items for sale, and sometimes in areas where museums are.
An antique is something that is old and has increased in value since it was first purchased or manufactured. There are people that collect antiques or furnish their homes or offices with antiques. Antiques can bring a quaint elegance into any space. Some antiques are pieces of art that showcase the skills of craftsmen long ago, who took pride in their craft and created beautiful pieces of art in the furniture they made. An antique can be a pearl button, a wooden spool of thread, a hand saw, a wash stand with a pitcher and bowl, a book, a cup, or an old saddle.
When you walk into an antique store, you might see wooden dressers, wooden armoires, bedframes made out of wood, old mirrors with wooden frames, and maybe an old plow or two. You might find a spinning wheel in need of repair, or some shoes that lace up and stop about midcalf. They sometimes carry clothes if they are in good shape. You may see old quilts and lots of lace doilies. Jewelry that is old comes and goes out of fashion, and you will find a lot of it in an antique store. They will have signs and weathervanes made out of metal, chicken wire, or wood, and you might be lucky enough to find a complete set of china. Most of the antiques that you find in a store that carries antiques in Los Angeles have made it there because of the pristine shape they are in. The pieces that are not in very good shape you might find in the back, under repair.