Ok, the title of this post might be a little misleading. I have no idea what California shopping is, but I can tell you what I saw. I almost didn't write this post because my shopping trip was over two weeks ago, but I enjoyed the places we went so much that I thought you'd like to see some pictures, too.
Karla and I both got up before the crack of dawn to make it to CA by 10 am so we could be in the textile district by early afternoon.
The area is block after block of fabric, beads, findings, ribbons and trims. Some people might think the area is kind of gritty, but I liked it. It's REAL, unlike some of the Disneyfied areas in cities that are block after block of Starbucks, Applebees, Aeropostale and Nintendo World.
This street vendor's cart made me giggle. It's "Jesus Hot Dogs". Instead of thinking "what would Jesus do", I kept thinking "what would Jesus put on his hot dog".
The store was just beautiful, full of vintage ribbons, millinery, findings, jewelry bits and all things pretty.
My favorite display:
Gilding the Lily has so many beautiful wares,even though I didn't "need" anything, I wanted a "souvenir". Since they didn't have any Gilding the Lily baseball hats (joke), I put together this little vignette to bring home with me.
Our next stop was French General. If you've read my blog for very long, you know I'm huge fan of French General books, jewelry and more recently fabric, so this was like a pilgrimage for me.
Kaari, the owner, had prepared a nice lunch for us and a fun make and take project.
The store was full of treasures, but I think I was so in awe, I forgot to take pictures until I was paying for my purchases and spotted these fabric samplers behind the counter.
I don't have a "bucket list" but if I did, going to French General would be on it, so I was just tickled to have a chance to visit. Just looking at these fabric sample boards makes me want to get out my needle and thread.
For sure, a shopping trip full of ideas and inspiration.