By Catherine Wagley
By Channing Sargent
By L.A. Weekly critics
By Amanda Lewis
By Catherine Wagley
By Carol Cheh
By Keegan Hamilton
By Bill Raden
Burbank also happens to have the only Wilsons liquidation store in the country, and though a leather and suede outlet might not be a hipsters idea of bargain hunting, come that one day of freezing cold weather next year, youre gonna need something warmer than a Members Only. And, get this, the leather and suede are real. Jackets, coats, skirts and pants range anywhere from $9 to $99 and come with tags indicating the factory defects and minor imperfections (okay, so some of the tears are more like gaping holes) that can easily go undetected. You cant beat a suede poncho for just under $5, and theres a whole wall of fuchsia-dyed rabbit-fur jackets guaranteed to make you look as cheap as Hefs girlfriends. (818) 841-7789.
If you like piña coladas, then youre gonna love Tumblin Dice Clothing, cause there are more Hawaiian shirts here than all the islands of Hawaii combined can export. Sure, the store has the requisite period pieces that tuxedo jacket looks like something Horshack wouldve worn to the prom, and that infant-size, blue velvet, feather-trimmed dress obviously came from Phyllis Dillers childhood closet. And there are plenty of greaser and bowling shirts with painted flames, hot rods and dice for finger-snapping daddy-os who still frequent the Derby. (How many of the same white patent leather go-go boots can one place have?) But our eyes kept wandering back to those hanging palm trees, coconuts, flowers and exotic birds. Now we know where everything from Jimmy Buffetts garage sales winds up. (818) 557-1411.
We dont use the words everythingand junk together lightly either, but Junk for Joy simply does have everything, too, and it really is mostly junk. Not the one-mans-junk-is-another-mans-jewels kind of junk, but the Sanford and Son kind of junk that always gets a what the hell would I do with this? reaction. Dont just take our word for it. Exene Cervenka herself was combing through the 50s, 60s and 70s frocks and brooches, with her L.A. Weekly Music Awards badge still hanging from her purse, we might add. Aside from the occasional rock-star spottage, there are limitless reasons to spend a good half-hour here: Halloween costumes of fat Elvis, Evel Knievel, Uncle Sam and the Pope; a chandelier of leis, necklaces, ties and everything-but-leather belts; vintage platforms by Pierre Cardin and Jordache; and an entire wall of Ziplocked band decals, from Styx, Journey and Motley Crue to Hulkamania and Dallas actress Victoria Principal! The leg warmers were another nostalgic moment, but that bin of rather stiff brassieres looked a little suspect. Just when we found a pink, furry flamingo-shaped hat and thought wed seen everything, we spotted the head of a parking meter priced for $70. Works, obviously doesnt work, who cares! (818) 569-4903.
Mapping L.A.Magnolia Boulevard
1. Its a Wrap - 3315 W. Magnolia Blvd.
2. Junk for Joy - 3314 W. Magnolia Blvd.
3. American Way - 3226 W. Magnolia Blvd.
4. Hubba Hubba - 3220 W. Magnolia Blvd.
5. Swift - 3212 W. Magnolia Blvd.
6. Wilsons - 3117 W. Magnolia Blvd.
7. Tumblin Dice - 3108 W. Magnolia Blvd.