You love some Long Beach Antique Market action and have your system for shopping HomeGoods down pat. But are you aware of these secret shops full of bargains on new (and gently used) furnishings? Best of all, the inventories are always in flux, so you never know what you might find.
Just Like the Model Home
There are so many builders in SoCal, always erecting new model homes to entice prospective buyers. And that means a lot of furniture is needed for temporary furnishing, which is where the 25,000 square feet of this showroom come in. Every few days, trucks unload furnishings used to prop bedrooms, patios, living rooms and more—often kept together in decorator-curated arrangements inside the showroom. Prices top out at half the retail cost, and are frequently much lower.
17391 Murphy Ave., Irvine; 714-968-9888 or justlikethemodel.com
Maybe you’re in love with that big-ticket upholstered bed with the button-accented headboard you saw in the drool-inducing Restoration Hardware catalog. But you’d like to pay $1,000 off list for it. This is your place. It’s home for older merchandise (that’s been rotated out of area showrooms) and damaged stock, and all sales are as-is. But we’ll happily get a glass shelf replaced for 40 percent off retail, with recurring sales promising even more savings.
1931 E. Ventura Blvd., Oxnard; 805-445-7707 or restorationhardware.com
A few years ago, when the Beverly Hills Hotel sent its signature green-and-white-upholstered iron patio furniture here—at costs around $50 a chair—local decorators practically stormed the place. This sprawling Van Nuys warehouse has the headboards, side tables, desks and more that local luxury hotels including The Peninsula, The Four Seasons and La Quinta Resort cast off when they redecorate. Prices are all over the map, from under $50 to many hundreds and depend on how long pieces have been for sale—but we recommend racing over to get this glam gilded-silver coffee table from the Four Seasons for $185.
16625 Saticoy St., Van Nuys; 818-787-7807 or hotelsurplus.com
Truth: The internet has made a wide world of treasured possessions of the dearly departed now available to us all. Check estatesales.net for listings that include photographs of some, but not all, of the loot. Most of the antiques you’re shopping for in ritzy stores were first spotted at sales like this, so by spending a bit of gas money up front, you could end up with some potentially great savings.