Retail’s future is ‘like Clueless’
ENTRY fees, hi-tech fitting rooms, and long queues out the front.
Shopping in Los Angeles is as almost much of a scene as a Hollywood club - there's an unofficial dress code, neon signs that are basically made for Instagram, and sometimes, security guards on the door.
On the trendy Melrose Ave, you have to pay a $3 entry fee for a flea market and line up outside a designer streetwear store on Fairfax Ave as if it's 1OAK (yep, you have to be on a list).
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Vintage Tommy Hilfiger denim, Iron Maiden tees, and more costume bling than Kylie Jenner's closet … welcome to the Melrose Trading Post.
The flea market, held on the grounds of Fairfax High School (it's on the corner of Fairfax and Melrose avenues) is held every Sunday from about 9am, and entry costs $3.
One major drawcard of the Melrose Trading Post is the recycled clothing stalls, particularly the ones selling band tees.
You might find yourself obsessing over a $120 Metallica T-shirt circa 1994. Is it real? Is it an imitation? You need to know the basics of thrift shopping before going to Melrose Trading Post, otherwise it's hard to know what's worth the cash and what isn't.
(For example, an authentic Los Angeles Raiders bomber jacket is probably a solid vintage find … if it's the right size.)
The market also features furniture and homewares designers, selling new and second-hand pieces, stands flogging rose quartz crystals and feathered dream catchers (how LA), vinyl records, boho anything, and costume jewellery.
Most of the retail stands are cash-only and even the ones that accept card, well, it's just better to have US dollars handy to avoid missing out on that heart-shaped gold pendant you just had to have.
And arrive early because by midday, there'll be a long queue out the front with just about every wannabe Instagram-type in LA trying to get in.