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Wells examines a decorative enamel, possibly by midcentury designer Harris Strong at Vintage! Vintage! Vintage!, a shop run by Susan Kotora, right, in the Pasadena Antique Center. "They have everything from Victorian to Art Deco, Hollywood Regency and Palm Springs modern," Wells says of the sprawling two-story antique mall. Among her regular stops: Now/Again for ornate furniture, MJH Design Arts
for Baroque and neo-classical antiques, Jack W. Smith
for Art Deco, and the Modern Zoo
and Bonita Interiors for lacquered traditional pieces used in "Mad Men" for the living room of the lead character, Don Draper.