The Guide to Shopping in Hollywood

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From vintage clothing bargains to fine art, shopping in Hollywood spans a wide range of budgets. Hollywood spans tastes, too, and it's a particularly good neighborhood to visit if your interests are specific. Whether you're looking for movie memorabilia, Dr. Martens shoes, or rare vinyl, there's a store for you. Check out our guide to get started on your Hollywood shopping adventure.

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Amoeba Music

For music fans, Amoeba Music is a must-see Hollywood destination. Located at Sunset and Cahuenga, the massive record store is filled with new and used vinyl releases as well as CDs, books, movies and memorabilia. Moreover, it's also an event hub. The list of bands that have played and/or or signed new releases at Amoeba is extensive and ranges from local talent to touring superstars. Paul McCartney's 2007 show at the store is legendary, but he certainly isn't the only rock star to make his way through the crowded aisles of this consistently busy store. Follow Amoeba on social media to stay updated on events during your trip to Hollywood.

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Glitter Death

Glitter Death is a small boutique on Highland Avenue that harks back to the days when Hollywood was the center of local youth culture. Founded by fashion designer Rio Warner and indie record label head Manuel V. (Records Ad Nauseam), the shop brings together fashion and music with an underground sensibility and an obvious passion for anything strange. Shop here if you want to stumble across unusual clothing that you didn't know your closet needed and small items like pins and patches to spruce up your wardrobe.

Figs, persimmons and birds-of-paradise at the Hollywood Farmers' Market | Instagram by @lazygirlliving

Hollywood Farmers' Market

One of the better known farmers' markets in Los Angeles, Hollywood's weekly event goes down in one of the more traffic-heavy parts of the neighborhood. Finding parking here can be a chore, but the Hollywood Farmers' Market is a short walk from the Metro Red Line Hollywood/Vine station. Get your hands on fresh produce and grab lunch from one of the many vendors. Stick around to check out the entertainment and other related programming that happens during the day. The Hollywood Farmers' Market runs every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Ivar and Selma Avenues, between Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards.

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Iguana Vintage Clothing

Located on Hollywood Boulevard, this large shop specializes in carefully selected, well-organized secondhand gear that's perfect for Halloween or costume-hunting any time of year. The selection of disco outfits is fierce. Make sure you head down to the basement to check out even more vintage finds, from cheerleading uniforms to tie-dye shirts to lab coats. If you have an idea for a costume, you can probably find the components here.

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Jet Rag

Hollywood has no shortage of vintage clothing shops, but Jet Rag stands out as something of a local institution for more than just what's inside the store. Every Sunday, the La Brea Avenue shop hosts a dollar sale. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the clothing outside the shop is ridiculously cheap, but in order to get it you have to dig with the rest of the bargain-loving crowd. The sale is the stuff of legend and local publications have given advice on how to deal with the madness. It's one of those L.A. things you might have to try once while you're in town.

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Kohn Gallery

Hollywood isn't as well known for its art galleries as other Los Angeles neighborhoods, but one of the biggies in town is located right on Highland Avenue. Kohn Gallery has a 30-plus-year history of wowing art fanatics. In recent years they have housed solo shows from artists like Camille Rose Garcia, RETNA, Mark Ryden and the late actor/photographer Dennis Hopper. The gallery does have regular hours (10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday), but be sure to check out their website for news on upcoming show openings.

Larry Edmunds Bookshop in Hollywood
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Larry Edmunds Bookshop

Love Hollywood as much as you love reading? Then head over to Larry Edmunds Bookshop, one of L.A.'s best specialty bookstores. Located on Hollywood Boulevard, this shop is crammed with books that document the lives of actors and directors and explore the lore of the neighborhood that has become synonymous with big dreams, wild success and scandalous falls from grace. Collectors of Hollywood-related odds and ends should inquire about the shop's bounty of movie photographs and posters.

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The Record Parlour

Amoeba may be the big draw for music shoppers in Hollywood, but, if you're in the neighborhood, you don't want to miss out on The Record Parlour. The two stores are walking distance from each other, so hit up both on the same trip. At The Record Parlour, used music is mixed with refurbished vintage gear. The vinyl collection is immense - it's so big that they are known for their blowout sales. This store is a must-follow on social media if you want to keep up on when they get a really good collection in the shop, or are selling thousands of records for $1 a piece.