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Some of Hammer and Spear's arrangements had us wondering: Cool furniture vignette or set piece from Boogie Nights?
Archer room sprays ($14 each) are pleasantly masculine scents including European Sports Car (smells leathery), Distillery (bourbon-scented) and Hunting Lodge (tinged with wood).
Wooden cutting boards ($30 to $90) from Would-Works are made by homeless people in downtown L.A. who are paid for their labor in groceries, bus tickets or any other goal they arrange with the company. Each piece has a tag with its maker's name and goal.
The sleek wooden kitchen utensils from Allegheny Treenware are hand-carved in West Virginia by a couple who retired from coal mining.
The constantly evolving stock at downtown's Hammer and Spear means it's must-stop shopping.
We still reminisce about that Buenos Aires flea market with all the brilliant glassware we couldn?t imagine getting home unbroken stuffed in our carry-on. Now we can count on someone else to seek out similar one-of-a-kind treasures, then offer us their finds at Hammer and Spear, a new DTLA boutique.
Good antique dealers are the type of people who have been to out-of-the-way places and are driven to bring home unusual finds. Since Hammer and Spear?s owners--interior designer and HGTV Design on a Dime alum Kristan Cunningham and her husband, Scott Jarrell--are native West Virginians, their trips home mean they encounter stuff you?d never see here. As in: elegant kitchen utensils (from $4) carved by former miners, a coal sifter and pumpkin butter.
Of course, they love to plunder estate sales in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, too, so there are upscale finds such as $5,000 leather sofas and a $1,250 1960s-era Kalmar glass pendant lamp. And there?s plenty of giftable new merch, like sewing notions from England?s Merchant & Mills, Santa Maria Novella potpourri and soap bricks from Duke Cannon.
When you go, make sure you ask about the backstory of the red claw-foot tub (hint: it involves a gentleman?s club).
Hammer and Spear, 255 S. Santa Fe St.; 213-928-0997 or hammerandspear.com
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