On the Road Shopping Trips


While in LA, we went to the seriously coolest store ever: Tini. I first came across their website over a year and a half ago because I was looking for a large light-up marquee letter. Ever since, I made a point of checking out their online inventory now and then. It’s ever-changing, and they have the most interesting things – not your ordinary antique store. Needless to say, Tini easily made it to my list of must-do things while here in the City of Angels.

Celebs like Jessica Alba, Seth Rogen (Greg’s doppelgänger), Ryan Gosling (whom I got the sheer pleasure of seeing in Beverly Hills later in the afternoon!), Mandy Moore, Justin Long, and Olivia Wilde have all been known to shop here. Set designers for Mad Men, Heroes and a bunch of HGTV shows have also purchased pieces from this place.

Tini stands for “This is not Ikea”. And let me tell you, this place is definitely not Ikea! It’s filled to the brim with one-of-a-kind vintage and antique pieces and reclaimed furniture that will make any interior designer/enthusiast swoon. I totally imagine Emily Henderson going crazy in this place!

Before you set foot in the store itself, the sidewalk is filled with a bunch of goodies. Like the egg chair Abram wanted to take back to the apartment. I pulled for him but Mom said no.

I loved this industrial floor lamp! It would look really cool in pretty much any type of room, but I imagine it looking particularly good in a living room or reading corner.

This little guy had me at hello, but he was about 40 pounds. Too heavy for my suitcase.

To give you an idea of the lay of the land, here’s a shot of the front door from the steps at the back of the store. (This is just one third of the store!) As you can see, it’s full of everything from charming to crazy. Also, notice the brass letters above the door. After you’re done shopping, as you’re walking out the door, they finally tell you what Tini really means. Sneaky!

Right when you walk in, in the middle of the store is a pool table filled with neat objects like a traffic light lamp, a vintage toy car, old suitcases, street signs, and vintage magazines. By the way, I love how they used a vintage pool table as a display table, but you can buy it for $2,950.

The gas station number four reminds me of the number 7 I bought a few months ago, but with the colors reversed (it’s a red 7 on a cream background). I just haven’t figured out where to put it yet! For some reason, I also love the goofy looking man-with-flowers chalkboard on the right. Obviously, it wouldn’t fit at our house, but I bet it would look really cool in a quirky loft apartment somewhere. Any takers?

Oh, the frames! The chalkboards I could make with these guys…

I completely fell in love with this desk! It looks like it belongs right on the set of The Dick Van Dyke Show!

Tini also had a pretty hefty collection of suitcases. These could be used for so many things, but I love the idea of stacking a few up and using them as a nightstand. It would add a lot of personality and charm to a modern room.

Way back in the back of the store (actually, I think it’s where they clean/repair items), there was this set of wooden crates. Aren’t they awesome!? Yet another thing I wanted to snatch up, but it wouldn’t fit in my suitcase!

If we had a game room, there would be a pinball coffee table. For sure! (That’s an amazing idea! –Greg) I also loved the marquee letter sitting on the sofa, and the barstools stacked up in the top middle of the photo.

If I had a friend named Oprah, I would buy this vintage letter for her. But I don’t, and they didn’t have an A or a B, so I refrained from snatching it up.

If you looked up, you’d find rows and rows of light fixtures (I’m telling you, they have everything!). I particularly loved the red barn-style pendant lights.

More marquee letters! Ever since I saw that episode of Picker Sisters where they turned an old marquee sign into an art piece, I’ve wanted to get my hands on one. I’ve been on the lookout for a B or an arrow, but so far, no luck.

I’ve always been a fan of industrial accents, and now that we have a house to decorate, I’m constantly on the lookout for random industrial boxes, bins, shelves and such that can be used for something else. Tini had an entire section of old metal boxes that would be prefect for just about anything.

How crazy awesome would these chairs look reupholstered?!

More letters! These guys were about four feet tall and said “Yo”. Yet another thing that would look awesome in a quirky loft!

Now can you see why I fell in love with this place?! It’s modern, vintage, crazy, and unexpected, all rolled up in a whole bunch of awesome.  Have any favorite pieces?

For more information about Tini, visit their website here. A lot of the items mention in this post are available on their online store here. Warning! It’s so awesome, you’ll be browsing for hours! If you live in the LA area, you can check it out in person at 515 S. Fairfax Ave, in Los Angeles, 90036.


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    July 4, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I’m leaving for LA this afternoon. I’m so glad I saw this post before I left! I can’t wait to check this place out 🙂 Lucky you, for seeing Ryan Gosling!

    ♥ Naomi {Starry Eyes + Coffee Cups}

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    July 4, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    I too have been checking out their site for over a year. You have motivated me to go check it out, it looks worth the drive from San Diego! So much too see.

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    Jessica @ Decor Adventures
    July 4, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Oh wow, I love that store! So many amazing items to make a space really unique!

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    July 5, 2012 at 1:35 am

    I am NOT going to check out their site. Can you imagine how much it would cost to ship those cool cool frames?

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    July 5, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Dang that place is awesome. Thanks for pointing this New Yorker to the website!! 🙂

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    Ash @ HumberHomeProject
    July 5, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Definitely looks like a store you could get lost in!

    Psh, looks like a store I want to get lost in!! 🙂

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    July 5, 2012 at 11:15 am

    I need to go to LA now to visit this store….

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    July 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Wouldnt you just love to spend a day digging around in that store!!

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    Erin @ His & Hers
    July 8, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Ahh! If I lived near that store, I’d be going there right now. In my pajamas. That store seriously gives other thrift stores a run for their money–I have never seen such cool second-hand stuff all in one place!! Darn those suitcase limitations and the fact that I live all the way across the country…

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    July 10, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I can only imagine the catalog system they must have in order to keep up with what they have and where to find it. Looks like a fun place! I can definitely see some “would love to haves”.

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    Pamela Croft
    July 10, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I enjoy this shop and have been there several times. One of my good friends shops in there regularly. She has a gift for finding unusual items and placing them where most would never think of. Fun place.

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    Ashley {GirlyObsession}
    July 12, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Hi Ashley! I’m catching up on all my blogs now that I’m back from vacay! I love this post! This shop looks so cool! I went to a similar store while in France and wanted to buy so many things, but we just had no room! I love your photos from the store though, makes me want to go shopping! Oh, and I’m I’m beyond jealous of the Ryan Gosling sighting!!

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    July 17, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Ooh wow i see amazing things!

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    July 17, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Hi there! I am so glad i found your blog….I work just five minutes from this store…I’m a native Angelena and can’t believe I’ve never been here before…I can’t wait to make a lunch-time trip to TINI–it looks amazing. Thanks for sharing the great pics.

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    Kristen *Home Sweet Healthy Home*
    July 25, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    That looks amazing!! There is so much I’d want to get.

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    Shaun Gayle
    July 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Very cool shop 0.o amazing stuff in there


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