If you’re in the market for a vintage cashmere fedora, an antique letter opener or a Heywood vanity that would have done any golden-era bombshell proud, Canoga Park is an absolute must-visit. The small, west Valley neighborhood that came of age during the post-war era has become the place for in-the-know antique collectors, interiors decorators and set designers.
It’s choc-full of the kind of old-town flair that harkens back to the days of small-town America when Helm’s delivered fresh-baked bread to the doorsteps of mid-century ranch houses and TV cowboys were kings. Stores such as Visions of the Past, Old Friends, Now and Then and Collectible Glitz, specialize in everything from jewelry and art, to furniture of all periods.
Manager of Galeano’s Treasure’s, Steven Abraham, says “We really have a lot to offer here, as do the shops that surround us. We have a huge variety of collectibles and furniture from every era; lots of great French and gothic—the rock-n-rollers that come in really love that stuff. Plus we have deco and modern, we have lots of classic chairs, desks of all styles, shelving, art and even Steal Case file cabinets, which people love for their retro flair.”
And while the neighborhood has become a hot spot for savvy antique buyers and the DIY set, its off-the-beaten-path location makes it even more of a goldmine. “Understand if someone is looking for a $900. piece of furniture, this is not the place; which is not to say we don’t have items that could command such a price. We have things for the person just starting out with their first space, all the way to seasoned buyers, designers and collectors and such. If we were in Burbank on Magnolia or say, on La Brea, we could ask three times what we price our items at. The other thing people really love about shopping here is that parking is a breeze. There are lots of meters; and you get to park underneath all of the gorgeous old trees that line our streets and walk the neighborhood. Another thing is, we don’t advertise and that keeps our prices down,” he says. The low-profile approach has worked, by evidence of the fact that production companies have caught on. “We’ve had a number of props people come in and shop. They either buy or rent items for set decoration and various projects of all time periods, so we’re just very unique. We serve every need.” says Abraham.
Perhaps the best thing about shopping here is that the small-town vibe is alive and well. In addition to mom and pop businesses like shoe repair shops and tailors, neighborhood staples such as the historic post office, Green Thumb Nursery (founded in 1946) and the century-old Canoga Park Women’s Club (still in existence) continue to thrive. “The area is definitely a hidden gem. We’re always happy to have new customers. And we’re happy to get to pass amazing piece on to them—at what are amazing prices.”
Galeano’s Treasures: 7207 Alabama Ave. Canoga Park, CA 91303
Visions of the Past: 21515 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91303
Old Friends: 21517 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91303
Now and Then: 21501 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91303
Collectible Glitz: 21435 Sherman Way Canoga Park, CA 91303
Photo credit: Erik Glode
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