In a previous post I shared a little about the beautiful gardens of the hotel we stayed at in La Jolla, California. If you aren’t familiar with La Jolla, it is a charming community set above the cliffs along the Pacific Ocean. It is an affluent community with wonderful places to shop and dine while taking in breathtaking ocean views. When Mr. B and I visit La Jolla, one of the things we enjoy doing is heading down toward the intersection of Girard Avenue and Pearl Street to visit a few of our favorite shops for antiques and vintage goods. We always manage to find a souvenir (or two!) to bring home, and this last trip was no exception. If you are in La Jolla, stop in at a few of my favorite shops and pick up a few of your own souvenirs. They will be great reminders of the good times you spent in this lovely community.
ETCETERAS – 7503 Girard Ave. La Jolla CA, 92037
ETCETERAS is by far is my favorite shop because I always manage to buy something here. However, I was a little surprised how cleared out they were on this last trip. I hope they aren’t going out of business! However, the lack of inventory compared to how the shop is usually stocked definitely did not stop us from purchasing a few new items including a tabletop music stand that I will use to display art in my office and a gold venetian mirror. Oh, and a cello. Yes, a cello…..that is actually Mr. B’s purchase!
Have a look around the shop…
Below: Here is the small venetian mirror we purchased. As you can see I haven’t found a home for it yet..and I haven’t even removed the price tag ! I just knew I had to have it. You always can find room for things you love.
Girard Avenue Collection – 7505 Girard Ave. La Jolla CA, 92037
The Girard Avenue Collection is located conveniently next door to ETCETERAS. This place is a hit or miss for me but always seems to have a great amount of inventory. On this last trip to the shop there were quite a few things that I could have easily taken home…
Below: This set of dinnerware is something I really liked. I didn’t buy it but wish I had. I have visions of pairing it with a blue, white and yellow for a beautiful springtime luncheon on the patio. I might just have to go back…hopefully it is still there!
STUDIO VENETO – 7427 Girard Ave. LA JOLLA CA, 92037
If you are a textile lover that can appreciate the high-end fabrics manufactured by the prestigious Italian company Fortuny, then Studio Veneto is definitely a must visit. Outside of Italy, I have never seen so much Fortuny! I was fortunate enough to speak with the owner, Linda McCormick, at great length during this last trip. Linda is truly passionate about Fortuny and is an expert when it comes to acquiring and designing with Fortuny textiles. More on this to come in an upcoming post…stay tuned.
I hope you enjoyed a quick tour of a few of my favorite shops in La Jolla. Was there anything in the pictures that caught your eye?
Photos by Vanessa for Reviving Charm, via iphone