Architectural Salvage in the hills of Palos Verdes, California

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Southwestern Coast of LA by Odd Little HippoAnother dreary day in Southern California although the first day of spring was days ago, it doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to get here.  Fritz-the weather man- has made promises of a “spring-like” week come Monday.  Spring meaning  sunny skies and mid-70’s temperatures.  The weather, was one of the reasons we first moved to Los Angeles-the promise of year around summer was just so tempting!-yet it seems like every year we have been here, SoCal  has received record setting rainfall.  This year, we have had over 19 inches of rain. Three times the normal amount in a given year, and a third of that total rainfall fell in less than 24 hours last Saturday during the LA marathon. 25 people were hospitalized due to hyperthermia. Needless to say, we are keeping our fingers crossed that the weather man is correct in his predictions of spring being around the corner.

This mornings doom and gloom nearly kept us indoors today, but being the pickers we are, we knew today of all days was the day to be out.  The morning started out slow, just finding boring odds and ends. We were about to give up when Jordan mentioned one last Estate Sale up on in the Peninsula.  The Palos Verdes Peninsula is a group of small costal towns in the southwestern tip of Los Angeles.  It  is one of the nicest and most beautiful areas in all of Los Angeles.  We often find some of the biggest and most unique homes tucked away amongst the most amazing costal views and desert scenery in all of Southern California.  The estates are full of elderly people, so often times the estate sales are full of wonderful and very old finds picked fresh from homes remenicnenst of a time warp (think the 70’show.) When sales in the peninsula come up I am always raring to go.

Odd Little Hippo finds....

Jordan wasn’t as pumped to climb the massive hills, through blinding rain, all the while burning through four dollar plus fuel.  When he asked me if it would be okay to skip this one… I guess my face said it all-major disappointment!   So in a quick and smart decision, we found ourselves making the trek up the mountain to an inconspicuous house up on the hill.  I say inconspicuous because this house was a rare type of home that seemed to go on and one.  Every room opened up to a larger than the last bedroom with huge living spaces, homes like this just aren’t common in the city.  Once inside we also had the added bonus of learning that the time had reached that magical hour of “50% off.”  Have I ever mentioned how lucky Jordan is?

Odd Little Hippo finds....

When all was said and done, we walked away with so many wonderful finds.  The residences had a lovely collection of Native American Tribal pottery and a fantastic garage setup full of wonderful architectural finds, the kind of finds perfect for an industrial artist or welder.  Other fun finds included; old crates and boxes, vintage merchandise memorabilia, and just unique odds and ends.  We were able to walk away with so many wonderful finds!  Days like today don’t have often, and when they do they literally leave you with a strange feeling almost like being high.  Day’s like today, are a perfect example of learning to trust your instinct-always follow your gut.

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