Sunday, May 16, 2010

WHERE I SELL: WERTZ BROTHERS ANTIQUE MARKET


I have had some requests to see Wertz Brothers
the wonderful antique market in Santa Monica, California
where I have had the pleasure of being a part of for 12 years.











You can find all manner of wonderful merchandise here.















excuse me!

A COUPLE OF REAL BAD BOYS!



and here is....


a view of my space
# 212





these are the great concrete and plaster dogs that I found last week.




another dealers beautiful space...
chippy, sparkling, gorgeousness..


This is one of the prettiest spaces in the mall




This dealer told me that she goes to Roundtop, Texas
every year to bring back some of this quality merchandise...




dreamy whites




curious oddities....




Another fine looking space.






Another dealers great space.


A great eye for finding just the right 
merchandise is the hallmark of the dealers in this mall and it is what makes 
being in here extra special...
The waiting list to sell here is long...You have to sell the
right quality and keep the tone of the place to a certain standard...







not only do they buy right, they know how important
a beautiful display is...












I started selling antiques in 1989...It all began when I realized that I had
too much stuff and  I needed to get rid of some things , so I thought I would get a space
at a little local elementary school flea market.  I did so well that first day that I formulated a plan in which 
I would shop and buy stuff that I didn't plan on keeping for myself.   I booked a space for the following 
month and the same thing happened.  People were gathered around  me as I 
pulled stuff out of my station wagon.   I thought, hmmm... maybe I could  make a
living doing this.   So I sold at Flea Markets in the LA area for awhile until a friend of
mine asked  me to share a space at this very mall...We are still partners here.
  It sure beats hauling stuff to a flea market every month.  


Selling here is a pleasure.  We get a lot of celebrities
and star decorators coming in.  They know that the
place will deliver the goods.  We also get a lot
of movie people looking for props.  I have seen some
of my things in movies and magazine layouts.
That is just one of the percs of doing business in Los Angeles.




36 comments:

Jeanette said...

Oh heart be still. I want to move in! Love it, just love it all. Your booth looks adorable, the dogs are to die for. I see dress forms back there....Super fun post.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I love antique malls like this one! I can poke around in them for hours, discovering all sorts of weird and wonderful treasures! I don't get there often enough.

Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

you know i have never been inside there, despite the fact that i have lived in LA forever!! i had no idea it looked so enticing inside...thanks for sharing.
xox alison

PK Studios said...

Just got back from wine tasting in Sonoma! SO fun to see the Wertz Brothers....looks like I need another road trip to go shopping in LA. Can't believe I've never been there! Thanks for educating us on how fabulous it is. Hugs,
Penny

Davinia said...

How blessed are you to work in such a gorgeous place. I'm drooling over the dogs.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

FAbulous Cynthia
I could certainly enjoy this lifestyle.. spending days amongst beauty and like minded people.. all of these spaces look wonderful!!! I do really love that one you pointed out as "pretty' and your own.. I see you have a thing for crosses also.. and is that a wooden hatbox?? OH.. and just a tad jealous.. Santa Monica.. lovely!!! xxx Julie

La Dolce Vita said...

oh I agree, it does beat hauling them to outside venues! I love my space at the local antique mall and I love merchandising it and then watching it sell! so much fun to leave it and let someone else ring up the sales!! great photos!

Kristal said...

Wow, so much eye candy! Good thing I'm so far away, I might not want to leave such a wonderful shop!!!

Gracie's Cottage said...

Dreamy......dreamy..........dreamy. Would LOVE to shop there!

Paula said...

WOW; amazing place. Love all I see. Wanna come along!

mise said...

As soon as I get to go there, I'll start with space 212.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Wertz Bros.!!!!! I've gotten a ton of stuff there over the years. It's a great place. I'll be on the lookout for you the next time I'm in the store.
Have a great week,
jj

Dustjacket Attic said...

I love this, it's like a treasure trove. I would love to have this near me. It sounds really fun too...lucky girl.

re comment it's by morcheeba .. the sea. Love it too, so pleased you liked it.
xoxo

koralee said...

Oh sweet friend...your space is lovely! I so would love to come and shop. Hugs and thanks for sharing. xoxox

Jaliya said...

Those mannequins! -- er, MANnequins! ;-)

Those spines!!

I'm going to ramble around your photos for a sweet long while ... there's so much food for inspiration here ... Thanks :-)

As I type, it's about 4 p.m. EST ... My two kittones are lurking like the gorgeous prowlers they are ... They close in on me at around this time of day as reminders that soon they will start to mewl pathetically, leap onto the keyboard, trash the litter box, oh and etc.! etc.! It's always dinnertime for them ... ;-D

Callie Magee Antiques said...

Thanks for visiting my blog.
I get to CA about once a year,
generally the week before Christmas.
My husband is from CA(Orange CO.) and
we go visit his kin who mostly live
in Paso Robles and Oceanside.
Just might make a stop into your shop
next year when we are there.
If you get to Roundtop then you have to
come by my store which is only about 45 minutes away. Would love to meet you.
Lois

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

What wonderful images, each one better than that last!
Your space looks fabulous, just like I suspected it would!

Hugs,
Anne

Pooch Morning Glory said...

VERY cool space cynthia. lots of pretty and sparkly things...
no wonder you love it!
~laura x

Riki Schumacher said...

Hi Cynthia, thanks so much for your wonderful message. Chester boy was a lucky doggie, and so were we! Love at first sight.

Love the pics you posted. I really love going to this store, been there a few times over the years, when I get to stop in SM for awhile on our way from SLO to Or Co. Not often, but well worth the stop. I'll be sure and look for your space if I ever go through again! Bug hug, Riki

Paula said...

had to return, could get lost in these antiques! Hugs to you.

Catherine said...

very interesting post, love the displays and the style , very nice place thank you for sharing .
Catherine

Ange said...

Wow! What a great job! I'd love to do that too you - much more than lugging it backwards and forwards to flea markets and private sales..
Your stand is gorgeous.

Jaliya said...

There's so much to ponder on and play with in this post that I have to muse on one image at a time! Today it's the two "bad boys." YUM.

... Oops! I just read my other comment and, funny that -- I was focusing on the bad boys there too. Naughty me. But they really are beautiful. Aesthetically pleasing in many respects ;-)

All of it is beautiful ... and refreshing to see amidst all the stuff and crap of big-box ugliness ...

The objects here look noticed, cherished, meaningful and useful ... treated with respect as they are passed on ...

Oz Girl said...

Wow. I can definitely see the quality of these booths in your pics. Such glorious finds, love the whites and creams... they rival any pics you'll see in a delicious home dec magazine! :)

katie said...

how lovely! i like your style~ and i liked hearing about how you got into your business. thank you for sharing this.

i can't wait for the necklace! i'm brewing the post i will write once i receive it. i'm excited to write about this whole experience and will of course link to your blog when i do :)

hugs! :)

lottens vita och gröna said...

ohhh wow lokks lika the paradis to me, hihi!
be well, warm hug lotten

Chris said...

This looks like such a fun place to wander, dream and discover~~glad you shared your "digs"! Bless you gal~

Paula said...

I had to return AGAIN to wander around these treasures! Love form my heart to yours!

Tongue in Cheek said...

You have so many talents! Your stand is lovely. You are living the dream to do what you love and do so successfully.

Barbara Jean said...

Cynthia,
Great store pics.
Sorry no time to read about it right now, but will answer your questions on the scripture bottles.

I do print out the words myself.

I type them up in Microsoft word, adjust size, and print.
Then I tear them, and age the edges.

Let me know if you have any more questions, and be sure to tell me if you make one. I would love to brag on you. =)
Blessings
barbara jean

Barbara Jean said...

oops.

I gave you inst. for Ps 139 bottles.

Here is what I do for the scripture jars.

I type out the scriptures in Word, a whole sheet at a time, and save them.
Then when i want to do some, I just print out the sheet and cut them into strips. Then roll up with a tooth pick and unroll again. (then, not to big too fit in jar.)

I can do a tutorial on them if inst. are not on post.

Again, ask if more ?'s, and let me know if you do some. =)

blessings

barbara jean

Courtney said...

Wertz Brothers looks like a beautiful antique market! And seeing your items in a movie or magazine spread sounds like a very cool perk!

Renee Troy said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'll have to visit your space at Wertz. It's always fun to go there. Your jewelry is amazing.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

These lovely pictures make me want to visit that gorgeous place. Your blog is lovely, just found it. Wishing you a lovely week and a great week coming up!

Don said...

I want to go there! No! Don't let me. What an amazing market...next trip to the 'States I will visit you.

Robin Messick said...

Just fabulous Cynthia! Great pics and love the your commentary! Thanks so much for all the energy you bring to the Mart!

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