You have to know exactly where you're going on Abbot Kinney Blvd. to find Sue Balmforth's shop, Bountiful, in Venice, CA.
That's because she doesn't hang a sign with her shop name outside. But she doesn't have to. Her steady clients, sometimes famous, know the way well.
But if you're searching for Bountiful, the artful piles of vintage out front serve as a beakon. Sign enough. It's been a hot summer in LA. Too sunny for my point and shoot the day I visited.
But that's okay too, because it gets you ready for something even more dazzling inside! That . . . and a dizzy pill . . . .
Your eyes are not deceiving you . . .
The shop girl told us the cake stand inventory was low. We were only worried about what might happen if we were to sneeze suddenly! (Maybe that's what the vintage hard hat is for!)
Whatever you are in need of, you will need to look high. . . and low. The inventory is jam packed beneath tables, and even hanging from the ceilings.
And oh what lovely stuff!
Oh bountiful, Bountiful!
I dare you not to look back over your shoulder when you finally tumble back out onto the street!
But believe it or not, there's more to come. . . .
Part two follows soon!
Hope you're havin' a great day!