Consignment chain Council Thrift Shop's Ventura Boulevard location is a true gem for the thrift-minded. Whether you're in the market for a sleek blazer or you're throwing a Dynasty-themed costume party, it will be the only stop you need to make. Its selection of vintage and contemporary items is constantly refreshed but never lacking in quality. Prices vary by label, but all are steals. You can pick up a pair of Donna Karan slacks for $12, while a Dooney & Bourke handbag might go for $8. When it comes to the dress and jacket selection, there's no shortage of luxurious fabrics — think sequins, silk and leather. Now, don't be put off by the stern demeanor of the Russian woman behind the cashier; in fact, she's willing to bargain if you're sweet to her. The store has even been known to yield above-average books and furnishings. Who knows? You might even find a Nagel print for that Dynasty party. 12203 Ventura Blvd., Studio City; (818) 505-1924,

—Andrea Domanick

LA Weekly