Shopping Local In Los Angeles


I try to shop local, I really do. This is mostly because I used to work at a local, independent store in Los Angeles a few years ago that despite being around since the 1990’s, had to sadly close.

Working in retail comes with its own set of challenges, some of which I wrote about here. I think anyone in retail will tell you that sometimes, the customers are the worst part of the job (sorry, customers! I understand, I am one sometimes!). But I loved the store. The idea behind the store was like a real-life Etsy. It was divided into different sections/booths. Each section had its own vendor/artist. Each vendor/artist rented their own section and sold their work. Work like jewelry, clothing, housewares, art — that kind of thing. All artists/vendors were LA local. Sometimes they would come into the store. We would have street fairs.

When I bought something from that store (and most of my paycheck went right into the store), I knew EXACTLY where it was going. I knew it was going to the artist, and that made me happy. One of my all-time favorite purchases was a heavy sterling silver skull ring I named Keanu. It SO was NOT my style AT ALL, but for whatever reason, I had to have it. And I was happy to buy it knowing where exactly my money was going.

LA is freaking huge, and it’s getting harder and harder to find those supercool Portlandia-type independent stores and restaurants. Unless you live in the supercool area of Silver Lake/Los Feliz that I do. Before I moved here, I would make so much fun of this neighborhood. But now, living here, I love it. I can walk almost everywhere. That’s a crazy talent in LA. To be able to WALK to get to places. And I’ve discovered so many wonderful essential stores, all owned independently, all part of the local community (the essentials being clothing, records, and liquor. But I’m sure you figured that out).

So I urge you to shop local. Sometimes I shop at the farmer’s markets — I’m lucky enough to have 2 within walking distance. I realize not everyone is as fortune, but if you are, dude. You probably see them every week and think, “Oh next week, yeah, I’m totally gonna go. I’m gonna wear my cutest outfit and go to the mother effin’ FARMER’S MARKET and Instagram the HELL out of EVERYTHING!!!” and then the day comes and you don’t go because you’re “busy.” I do that too. But one day, they may not be there.

Do YOU shop local/independent? Why or why not?


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7 thoughts on “Shopping Local In Los Angeles

    1. Almie Rose Post author

      Honestly, sometimes I can’t, but a lot of it is realizing what I’m actually buying and how much I’m buying vs how much I need. I’ll buy four apples and then think, “Whoa, wait a sec, there’s just one of me and I never eat apples. I’m going to buy one apple.”

      Apples, man.

  1. Simone

    I want to come visit you in Los Feliz/Silverlake!

    I try to shop local as much as possible. I live on a large island, so despite being an hour and half by boat from a huge city, we’re kind of cut off. However, I think we’ve made it work in our favour. We have chain stores but there still kind of limited, so unless you want to have a very boring wardrobe shopping the local boutiques is the way to go. We also have a few chains that are only on the island & nowhere else (food stores mainly) Plus, I love vintage shopping and you can’t buy that stuff in a mall. If you do it right, you can still shop local and be frugal.

    1. Almie Rose Post author

      Simone, it sounds like you should do a post on this: “Plus, I love vintage shopping and you can’t buy that stuff in a mall. If you do it right, you can still shop local and be frugal.” I’d read it!! Thanks for your comment.

  2. Emily

    Supporting local business is a huge deal to me for many reasons, not the least of which is that I am a small business owner myself! Seattle is really big on supporting local business, which is great. When I buy something locally, I know that my dollars are going toward supporting one of my neighbors. When it comes down to it, it’s a question of values for me: Is what I’m buying well-made, sustainable, do they treat their employees right? Usually all these bases are covered by local vendors, and never the big national chains. It’s more expensive, but I feel it’s worth it to find room in my budget for a product I can stand by. It’s nice to know that what I spend goes toward supporting my community and not in some corporate bank account.

  3. Get Organized Already

    Join a local credit Union.
    That is a huge deal. ! So they don’t have fancy picture depositing and they are really nice to you when you go in for help.
    Even so!
    I love that my money is there. All $245.77 of it.
    Take that BofA!!!

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