Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Some More Downtown Los Angeles Adventures

Another one of the days that Hope went to the drapery rod store, she dropped Bob and I off in the center of the downtown Los Angeles wholesale district.  I've only posted a few pictures because it would take days to see all the stores.  We did not get to the silk flower shops or the garden shops where they have all kinds of pots and containers for planting.  I did want to go to the silk plant store because I'd like to buy an artificial Lucky Bamboo plant.   Maybe next time.

This entry contains the picture that I took of the lady on a corner selling little baby rabbits, ducks, turtles, etc.   I took the picture and she hollered "$5 for picture."  I gave her "the look" and kept walking.  I really wonder how legal it is for them to be selling these little animals, having them caged up out in the hot sun, like that.  There's also a picture that I took in one of the fabric outlets, that made me think of Robin's husband, Michael.

Also, just opposite of the "animal lady" was a lady with sliced melon, pineapple and honeydew.  It all looked very tempting but the conditions were such that we felt it wasn't a good idea to buy anything from these vendors. 

We saw many people on the streets carrying what looked like all their worldly possessions in shopping carts.  Once when we were sitting on a bench "people watching" I looked over and noticed a sign on the end of a shopping cart that said "Shopping carts for the homeless."  I wasn't able to read all of the fine print as it was quite lengthy but apparently the grocery stores in the area are sick and tired of their costly shopping carts disappearing. 

My only purchase from the wholesale district was a "knock-off" Brentano handbag that I got for $20.  Probably if it were the real thing it would have been much more than that.   Anyway,I love it.  It was good on the rest of the trip because I could throw my wallet in there plus a bottle of water and have room for the little odds and ends I bought along the way.

Anyway, after about 3 1/2 hours, Hope called Bob's cell phone to see where we were, soon she pulled up and we were back in the car and on the freeway headed back to Pasadena.

It's a very warm, sunny day here in western Washington today.  So I spent the morning doing some heavy duty watering, especially my new roses.  

Until next time.......Linda

17 comments:

fasttrack58 said...

I'm sure Robin would like that blanket while she is missing her Michael... seemed more cluttered and crowded at these stores... and shopping carts are $90ea and they disappear quick and are expensive when you have to replace 50 at a time...
Enjoy your roses!
Linda :)

slimhawk said...

Thank you for inviting me to your journal.  I'm pretty depressed right now, it's starting to get the best of me.  I'm glad you have beautiful roses.  Keep watering them.

robinngabster said...

Looks like a knock off Dooney and Bourke...I never heard of Brentano but I have several Dooney's and it looks a lot like mine. Very cute.

Love the blanket too!  :)

sunnyside46 said...

how colorful!
I am so enjoying your travels
Marti

hugsdoodlewacky said...

(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((HUGSTOYOU)))))))))))))))My alerts seem to be working fine.I cant belive they would put a saying like that on a cart,my family must be cheap to go to a groicer stoor to by food.LOL.Unless I missunderstood.Thoes stoors seem crouded.Have a nice night.

tpiez4me said...

What an awesome vacation you have had so far....so much to see.  I loved the pictures, esp the Star's Stars....one day I shall venture to the west coast, one day...............

gehi6 said...

Takes me back to my days of living in Los Angeles.  I moved there 5 times all told before finally deciding to make Phoenix my permanent place of residence, but Los Angeles was a fascinating place for me.  Gerry
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randlprysock said...

Beautiful entry!  Loved the pictures!!  The purse looks like a wonderful bargain.  I loved seeing the photos of the clothes, the fabrics, the perfumes and all of the awesome fun things to buy.  Looks like a great trip to remember.  Hugs,
Lisa : )  

mariealicejoan said...

Once again, I enjoyed this entry as well as the photos.  You certainly have had the trip of a lifetime!!
Marie
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ukgal36 said...

Oh I could have done some damage in those shops..wow!
great pics and what great memories for you...
Lyn

jeadie05 said...

I have spent ages looking at these great pics ,I could do some damage to my credit card in the material store ....love Jan xxx

katie39041 said...

Oh wow the sheer size of the materials and perfume stores, I bet it was lovely walking around and seeing all thats. I really do not like how they sell animals.I love your photos of your trip very imformative.
love and hugs
Katie

pharmolo said...

Great pics, Linda - pity the Ken Burns reduces the quality of them :-\

ally123130585918 said...

Linda Loved the pictures ~ so much to see and buy ~ felt sorry for those animals in their cages ~ that is against the law here to sell them on the streets here ~ Ally x

labdancer51 said...

Great photos Linda, I would love to spend a day there, it looks so interesting. :o)

Love Sandra xxxx

jlocorriere05 said...

Great pics Linda, it looks an interesting place to see. I'm glad you kept away from the fruit, it really should be refrigerated at thos temperatures, never know what you may pick up! Jeannette xx  http://journals.aol.co.uk/jlocorriere05/Welcometomytravels/  

luddie343 said...

Welll Linda, as my pictures format showsme nothing of your pix, and I can't load any of my own in my J, I'll have to assume they're as interesting as your adventures.  It's a shame though, AOL changes something for the better and it's worse lol!  CATHY
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