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Best Place to Pick Up Pennies Los Angeles 2011 

Pick Your Part Auto Recyclers

Cars are so important in our lives, and not just for getting around. Relationships begin and end in them; life is conceived and cut tragically short in them; your success is shinily announced and shabbily betrayed by them. For this reason, the soulless, shadeless acres of Pick Your Part Auto Recyclers offer up a thousand skeletonized stories. There is odd memorabilia in side pockets and glove boxes, strips of 35mm negatives sun-bubbled like bacon, cards written but never sent, a matinee ticket for G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. There are even apparently collectible African postage stamps, still in their protective wrappings. And then there's money — coins crusted into cup holders, forgotten in footwells and wincingly hard to reach beneath bloating seats. Our record haul is $1.76, mostly in petrified pennies, which is nearly enough to cover Pick Your Part's $2 admission. 11201 Pendleton St., Sun Valley; (800) 962-2277, pickyourpart.com.

—Paul Rogers

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