[Guest post and photos by Ethan Lipsitz]
Ever find yourself in LA on a weekend and looking for something to do? There is a thriving vintage flea market scene in and around Los Angeles that’s worth exploring. I moved to the area in 2008 and have made a habit of doing my shopping at flea markets where I can get great deals, interact with interesting people, and learn the stories behind the things I buy.
There are few parts of the United States that value mid-century design and art more than southern California, and the markets reflect that love. There’s no shortage of Eames chairs and Nelson lamps, thick-framed spectacles and abstract art. Many of these well-known items can fetch a high price at the market. I dig for the less recognizable pieces and the vendors who often don’t realize or care about the collector market value of what they’re selling.