Carny Couture brings vintage must-have items to the West Adams store

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Brooke Bailey has always dreamed of a minimalist lifestyle but admits it’s just not in her DNA.

“I’m a breeder,” Bailey said with a smirk. “I love the quilts and textiles from the 1930s and 1940s, camping blankets, wood and natural fibers.

She also enjoys romantic Victorian tops, vintage rugs, and Japanese ceramics that she sources from estate sales, local flea markets, and the antique flea market in Brimfield, Massachusetts.

“Jewelry, home and clothing all overlap,” says Bailey. “Buy on impulse,” she laughs. ” Everything will be alright. “

Vintage items at Carny Couture in West Adams.

(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

His maximalist instinct has served Bailey well at Carny Couture, his new West Adams boutique specializing in vintage clothing, housewares, ceramics and antique quirks.

Having outgrown a rented store in Atwater, Bailey and her husband Johnny Wiskerchen recently moved to their own West Adams showroom, not far from their home in Leimert Park. Here the couple quickly became part of the West Adams Arts District which includes Pop Up Home across the street and Foam and diamond cloth, who moved to Jefferson Boulevard last month.

“It’s a happy place for us,” Bailey says as she holds her Shih Tzu mix, Ophelia. “It feels so good to be in a neighborhood.”

On a recent visit, colorful rugs, baskets and quilts were on display inside antique cabinets flanked by weavings, thrift store paintings and silver jewelry from the 1930s. Elsewhere, a fishnet lamp from the 1980s ($ 420) by Lazy Susan illuminated a farmhouse table topped with a set of 1970s earthenware and an antique hat stretcher.

“I want our customers to feel excited about thoughtful, handmade things,” says Bailey. Indeed, Bailey’s own enthusiasm is visible when she pulls out a Chinese rag rug full of indigo tones ($ 850) before sharing a detailed Japanese cape ($ 785) and an unfinished couture pillow she found at Santa Monica airport flea market. “I want things to be modern and have no impact on the environment,” she continues. “I hope people feel like they made a thoughtful purchase by coming here.”

Blankets, quilts, jewelry and more at Carny Couture in West Adams.

Blankets, quilts, jewelry and more at Carny Couture in West Adams.

(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

The couple devoted a significant portion of the showroom to vintage clothing in addition to selected gifts, including hand-poured soy candles ($ 30) by Los Angeles maker Billy Del Puerto, packets of sage and Bodhina face soap.

Looking ahead, the couple hope to host events in the new space and plan to release a wearable scent that Bailey describes as “citrus top notes that blend into complex earthy wood spices with a subtle musky finish.” in October, in time for the holidays.

Vintage clothing, ceramics and housewares at Carny Couture in West Adams.

Vintage clothing, ceramics and housewares at Carny Couture in West Adams.

(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

What: Carny Couture

Or: 4423 W. Jefferson Blvd., # 104, West Adams

Hours: Mon, Wed-Fri, 11 a.m. at 6:00 p.m. Sat and Sun, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Info: carnycouture.com

Carny Couture will sell vintage clothing, jewelry and accessories at the Pickwick Vintage Show Sundays at Pickwick Gardens, 1001 Riverside Drive, Burbank. 9 a.m. (for advance purchases), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets: $ 8 general admission and $ 16 early admission. pickwickvintage.com


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