L.A. stores with summer discounts on furnishings
Summer remains the season for home furnishing sales, and the discounts go far beyond patio furniture. Here’s another roundup of notable spots to set off your shopping radar:
On Aug. 2, West 3rd Street in Los Angeles will have more than three dozen stores and restaurants opening their doors for discounts and refreshments. Check out the scene between Fairfax Avenue and La Cienega Boulevard from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Among the stops:
Zipper Art Form + Function, the “modern general store” carrying home accessories, children’s toys, design books and more, will have red-tagged items at 50% off, all other merchandise at 10% off. A CTG floor-model sofa in blue cotton duck, regularly $1,200, is now $600. A pair of vintage metal diner stools upholstered in red-and-white piping also are half off, $175 each. Cupcakes, popcorn and Arnold Palmers will be served as you cruise for bargains. (323) 951-0620; www.zippergifts.com.
Across the street, Plushpod will have Modern American and European furnishings and accessories -- including Eero Aarnio’s 1968 hanging Bubble chair -- on sale for 10% to 25% off. La Set chaise longue, originally $1,125, will be $900. A Modern Outdoor ipe-wood dining table, regularly $1,899, will be $1,425. New custom furniture orders also will be offered at a 10% discount. (323) 951-0748; www.plushpod.com.
Allan Jeffries Framing, which has one of the biggest selections of modern and antique-style photo frames in Los Angeles, will offer a 20% discount on all frames and pre-made mirrors. Enamel or crystal 4-by-6-inch frames that were $107 are now $85.50. A 24-by-30-inch ebony mirror that was $125 is now $100. Bad news: no custom framing discounts. Good news: free ice cream sandwiches. (323) 655-1296; www.allanjeffries.com.
Farther west in Venice, the Japanese design shop Tortoise has a three-day clearance on select ceramics and housewares ending Aug. 3. Nikko bone china candleholders, originally $25, will be $8. Cool tumblers and cocktail glasses will be marked down 50%, to $16 to $17 apiece, and a couple of Ajitetsu vases, originally $200 each, will be available for $100 a pop. Look for the discounts in the back room and patio of the store, 1208 Abbot Kinney Blvd.; all sales are final and cash only. The shop is planning some changes and will reemerge as TGS, short for Tortoise General Store, focusing on design for daily living; the owners’ second storefront, at 1342 1/2 Abbot Kinney Blvd., will take the name Tortoise and will be a gallery for one-of-a-kind pieces, vintage works and co-owner Taku Shinomoto’s original furniture. (310) 314-8448; www.tortoiselife.com.
Classic Tile & Mosaic’s Los Angeles warehouse has extended hours for its annual tile and stone sale running through Aug. 3. Among the merchandise marked down 30% to 80%: glass and porcelain backsplashes for the kitchen, large format stone such as limestone and basalt, terra cotta and ceramic styles including Malibu tile, and pavers and cobblestone for outside. Some sale items are discontinued lines; some are popular designs that are marked down like this only once a year. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Aug. 3; (310) 287-0142. CTM locations in Laguna Beach and San Diego also will have in-stock designs at 20% off on sale through 4 p.m. Aug. 2; www.ctandm.com.
Gardeners know that the plants at Rolling Greens in Culver City are only half the fun. The nursery’s inventory of oversized patio planters and containers for tabletop arrangements is vast and varied. Last weekend we swung by and saw great vases marked down 40% or more. The weighty piece shown here, which has a glossy bamboo-like pattern over the matte concrete finish, is reduced from $58 to $29; a supersized version, originally $265, is or $66.25. (310) 559-8656, www.rollinggreensnursery.com.
The two Brick and Mortar stores are clearing out all kinds of housewares with a sale running through Aug. 3. Stainless steel designs by Blomus, including vases, watering cans and wall-mounted fireplaces, will be among the merchandise marked down 30% to 50%. An Orchos torch, similar to the one shown here and packaged with a base, will be sold for $56 instead of the usual $80. Bedding and barware -- think cool modern bottle stoppers and vintage Blenko decanters -- also will be on sale. More details: (310) 652-6605, West Hollywood, or (323) 882-6415, Hollywood; www.bamlifestyle.com.
On the catalog front: Smith & Hawken has cut the price of its streamlined Bayside chaises sold by the pair -- originally $698, now $398 plus $100 for delivery. The powder-coated aluminum frame is complemented by a UV-resistant synthetic mesh seat (available in three colors) and beech armrests. Go to a Smith & Hawken store and you’ll not only save on delivery, but also be able to buy a single chair for $199. Best to call ahead and make sure the store still has the design in stock. Hop online and you’ll see dozens of other patio pieces on sale. www.smithandhawken.com.
Barbara Thornburg, David A. Keeps, Lisa Boone and Craig Nakano
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