Cool Places to Buy Weird Shit in LA – Updated

Chances are, if you’re visiting Geeky Freaky, you live in Los Angeles and are weird. Luckily, there are tons of other weirdos around here, and many of them even offer their strange wares and clothing for sale. Here are some of our favorite places in Los Angeles to shop for the strange and unusual.

This article was originally posted in 2015. Since then, a few of our favorite businesses have closed (sad panda), but luckily have been replaced with some cool new spots. RIP, Clockwork Couture, Fairytale Boutique and Whimsic Alley – thank you for being weird.

Wacko

wackoWacko features a great selection of off-the-wall books, gifts, toys, handmade soaps and crafts from local artisans, Japanese products, gum and candy, the largest postcard collection in Los Angeles, clothing, tchotchkes, art, and posters. Connected to the shop is the La Luz de Jesus Gallery which features some of the coolest and creepiest artwork around (from local LA folk, mainly)! They even have a selection of taxidermy, masks and handmade clothing and accessories from local craftsmen in the back. It’s the perfect place to go if you are in need of stocking stuffers.

Wacko
4633 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Necromance

necromanceNecromance has a wide selection of medical and taxidermy – animal and human parts, gothic accessories and clothing, postcards and scrapbooking supplies, seashells and preserved ocean life, insects, jewelry, skulls and more skulls, glass eyes, books, craft supplies, vintage medical equipment and more. This store is perfect for the morbidly inclined and their prices are actually super reasonable for what they offer.

Necromance
7222 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Open daily noon – 7 PST

Dark Delicacies

headDark Delicacies in Burbank has an amazing book selection – graphic novels, the Occult, crafts, fiction, and more. They have book signings from authors often and have a lot of local and self published authors displayed in their store. They also have a selection of essential oils, toys and dolls, some gothic clothing and accessories (lots of sugar skulls!) The real reason to come here is the books and events, though. Everything else feels sort of like an afterthought compared to their selection of weird books.

Dark Delicacies
3512 W. Magnolia
Burbank, CA 91505

Halloweentown

Global_header_3_18_11Halloweentown is one of my favorite stores to shop. They started as a costume shop with a selection of art and accessories – eventually they got so big that a couple years back they expanded into a second and even a THIRD location down the street. One shop now carries mainly costumes (and wigs, and makeup, and shoes, and props) while the other focuses more on clothing, home decor, books and artwork – all Halloween and spooky themed. The third store features stuff for kids! Their prices are a little too expensive for their costumes to really be worth it for me, although they do offer a nice selection of some higher-end stuff and it’s nice to have a reliable place to find certain items. What I really love about Halloweentown is their selection of artwork – my favorite being their wide selection of Disney’s Haunted Mansion themed artwork! Also, they always have movies being played on the TVs in store, and I’ve never gone in there and not LOVED what was being played – Addams Family, Ninja Turtles, campy 80’s horror – delightful.

Halloweentown Kids
3013 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505 818-729-7883

Halloweentown Original Location: Props, Decor, T-shirts, Books, Gifts, Toys, Fashion, Accessories, Art and MORE
2921 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505 818-848-3642

Halloweentown Costumes: Costumes, Wigs, Masks, Makeup, Accessories and More!
3021 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505 818-848-3644

Warmart

1508516_846911595371152_3834452271147744522_nCamosurplus (known as War Mart at Wasteland Weekend and formerly as K&K Surplus) is a wholesaler of real military surplus in LA. Normally closed on weekends, Camosurplus opens its warehouse doors to host special days for fans of Wasteland Weekend. There is usually a DJ, free food & drinks, outdoor seating, photography, costume contests, and special deals on surplus including the famous $1 pile.

Bring sturdy shoes and flashlights because this GINORMOUS two-story WAREHOUSE is filled with 8-foot-high PILES of old military uniforms, bags, hats, long johns, gear and footwear. Also, expect to see some of the post-apocalyptic outfits they have been creating.

They aren’t open to the public unless you are part of the Wasteland Weekend tribe, and you need to keep an eye out about when they have their events (normally 4-5 times a year). Their warehouse is gigantic. GIGANTIC. You can spend all day crawling over piles of military surplus. It’s absolutely insane, but if you’re into post-apocalyptic pre-enactment it’s a must.

5735 E Washington Blvd
Commerce, California 90040

Stockroom

1606286_585868581502316_638223150_oStockroom in Silverlake has one of the largest selections of BDSM-centric adult toys, clothing, accessories, artwork, photography and more. If latex and leather is your bag, this is definitely the place for you to go. Not only do they offer a wide selection of items for purchase, they also have an adjoining room which is used for teaching safe, sane and consensual classes, exhibitions of fetish-centric artwork and play (such as shibari) and more. Not to mention whoever does their window dressing is just fantastic. I lived across the street for a couple years and it was always a joy seeing what they came up with next. Stockroom also sponsors a ton of goth and fetish themed events around LA, so you’ll see them ALL OVER.

Stockroom
2121 Sunset Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Pok-A-Dots Costumes

pokadotsDriving by, Pok-A-Dots looks like any other dime a dozen Halloween costume shop. I was pleasantly surprised when I entered to find out that no, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The selection is carefully curated and goes from floor to ceiling and wall to wall. It’s so packed with stuff that it’s actually difficult to navigate and you’d never be able to see everything they have there. The store offers both sales and rentals, in a wide variety of vintage and handmade costumes, as well as high quality Halloween products (you won’t find any junky Party City stuff here). They also have costumes and accessories from many artisans. Being a costumer myself, I was immediately drawn to the gigantic Vegas showgirl headdresses (“Good eye. Those are handmade by a professional out in Vegas and are one of the most expensive things in the store!”) The store is run by a salty foul-mouthed older tattooed lady and it was like looking into a mirror of my future. Their hours are kind of weird and I wish they had a bigger location so I could really sift through all their goodies, but it’s still absolutely fantastic.

Pok-A-Dots Costumes
115 E Huntington Dr
Arcadia, CA 91006

Cinema Secrets

cinemasecretsCinema Secrets is best known for their own brand of makeup (very high quality and easy to use stuff), but they actually have a brick-and-mortar location in Burbank. It makes sense, since this is where the majority of production companies are located. Their hours aren’t great, so get there early. But they’ve got a huge selection of both beauty and special FX makeup, slime, prosthetics, wigs and hair products, and a small selection of costume supplies. They are pricey, but they only carry good products, and the employees who work there are super knowledgeable, friendly and helpful.

Cinema Secrets
4400 Riverside Drive,
Burbank, CA 91505

Dapper Cadaver

dappercadaverDapper Cadaver sells online but also has a location in Sun Valley. They offer a huge variety of horror and medical props – both fake and real. Tons of fake body parts, vintage medical supplies, skeletons, animal parts (and animals and parts in jars), special FX, Halloween, crime and death kitsch and more. They offer both sales as well as rentals and have helped create products for a variety of television shows, events, and permanent structures (like Community, Breaking Bad, American Horror Story, Big Bang Theory, Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Jekyll and Hyde Club and more) – so you know they’ve got the good stuff.

Dapper Cadaver
7648 San Fernando Rd.
Sun Valley, CA 91352

It’s a Wrap

itsawrapWe are the only company on the planet that offers the general public the opportunity to purchase actual wardrobe and props from movie and TV sets, for sale in 2 huge retail stores, on our website and in auction. It’s a Wrap has 2 locations – in Burbank and on the Westside – offering screen-worn clothing and costumes. It’s a fun place to get some one of a kind pieces, or designer clothing on the cheap, or maybe you’re just looking to own a piece of Breaking Bad history. Everything is tagged with a code so you can find out what the item was originally used for (my favorite was when I purchased a push up bra which had been used by the Disney ChannelWTF?) My only beef with this place is some of their stuff is outrageously expensive, and you can only view their more specific costumes by appointment – nothing is out for browsing.

It’s a Wrap! Burbank
3315 W. Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505

It’s a Wrap! Westside
1164 S. Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035

Hilary’s Vanity

hilary2Hilary’s Vanity specializes in Gothic, Steampunk and Fetish Couture clothing for the more Sophisticated Freak! Whether your desired look is Steampunk, Gothic, Lolita, Cyber Goth, burlesque, Pirate, or fetish. You can find Hilary’s Vanity vendoring at events around Los Angeles, but they also have a recently opened storefront in Chatsworth (currently available by appointment only).

A sampling of products offered at Hilary's vanity.

A sampling of products offered at Hilary’s vanity.

Forgotten Saints

forgottensaints_header7Forgotten Saints is actually a tattoo shop in LA that also sells clothing and accessories. Normally this would mean they would suck at 2 things instead of being good at 1, but they are the exception to this rule. Forgotten Saints offers custom rock and stage clothing, and it’s all really cool. If you’re a metal or punk musician into leather and studs, check out some of what they offer or get something made just for you. So long as you’ve got the budget for a $2000 leather vest, that is.

An example of some of the custom pieces offered by Forgotten Saints LA.

An example of some of the custom pieces offered by Forgotten Saints LA.

Forgotten Saints LA
7569 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Japan LA

japanlaJapan LA has some incredible stuff if you’re into Japanese street fashion and harajuku. Colors, lolita, accessories, clothing, shoes, costumes and art all fresh off the boat from Japan. They’ve got a super fun collection of brightly colored pop art and anime characters on anything and everything you could think to put them on, as well as a collection of kigarumi clothing and Sugarpill cosmetics (which is also incredibly colorful and fun).

Such Japan, much wow.

Such Japan, much wow.

Japan LA
7320 1/2 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Kreepsville 666

logoIf you attend any horror, monster, special FX, punk or rock conventions chances are you’ve seen Kreepsville’s booth before. They’ve got a huge collection of horror, comic and punk themed clothing, accessories, jewelry and fun odds and ends. You have to catch them at a convention generally in order to buy from them in person, but they are at almost every one (Be sure to see them at places like ScareLA and Monsterpalooza). Kreepsville is their own brand, so you won’t find the same rebranded, reprinted nonsense from these guys. Whoever does their designs has a really keen eye – I’m in love with their eyeball, zombie and coffins themes, and they’ve even managed to score some franchises like Elvira and Mars Attacks.

Edit: They have a brick and mortar shop! It’s called Monster-A-Go-Go. Go there!

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Monster A Go-Go
7361 Melrose Ave,
Los Angeles, California

Garb the World

newBanner20091031-3-458pxGarb the World is located in Pasadena. They mainly do orders online and at events (You are likely to see them at local Ren Faires and mainly, SCA events). If you’re in need of medieval or fantasy garb, these folks have been doing it forever. They have plenty of stuff premade and in stock but will also do custom orders. Since they are re-enactors, what they offer is legitimately historically accurate both in style and fabric, unlike a lot of what you will find in similar costume shops (although they do have some fantasy stock as well). They also have accessories, jewelry and even some shoes. Their prices are totally fair for what they offer, and if you are a member of the SCA or Ren Faire scene, they might even let you come tour their premises if you ask them nicely.

Th1rte3ns Closet

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Th1rte3ns Closet offers handmade spooky gothic accessories, hairbows, creepy one of a kind teddy bears, jewelry, backpacks shaped like bats (adorable), stickers, and some miscellaneous items. They have an address listed but I think they mainly vendor at events and are currently closed after the holiday rush.

Th1rte3n’s Closet
3450 Wilshire Blvd Suite 108-12
Los Angeles, Ca 90010

Bearded Lady Vintage and Oddities

10488031_406244479531124_8221282558556428597_nWho knew there were so many places to get taxidermy in Los Angeles? This shop includes tons of vintage finds, skulls and bones, antique curiosities, full stuffed animals, display cases, unique ouija boards and paranormal, kitschy and spooky books, “haunted” items (maybe they are?), supplies for voodoo, witchcraft and occult, vintage post-mortem and funeral photography (neat!), antique medical and dental equipment and charts, movie memorabilia and posters, magic, sideshow and circus, and vintage Disneyana. Um, yes please. All of my yes.

Bearded Lady Vintage
3005 W Mangolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505

Gold Bug

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Gold Bug features unique finds from local creepy artisans, a wide selection of taxidermy, bones, and ivory, bizarre, expertly curated antiques, tons of quirky jewelry, home dec and artwork, plaster busts, and curiosities galore. If eccentric is your thing, then be sure to check out this place. They have a constantly rotating selection of goods, so it’s a new store every time you come in. If you’re an artist looking for a place to display your goods, be sure to check them out too – they buy from you outright instead of working on a commission structure, which is very unusual for this type of place.

Gold Bug
22 E Union St
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 744-9963

Hollywood Villains

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Hollywood Villains just recently opened on Melrose. They offer latex clothing from the owner’s collection Jane Doe, selected vintage pieces, unusual handbags, handmade occult supplies, and leather spiked rock n’ roll couture from Hazmat Design. They do custom latex pieces and sizing at no extra cost, so you can even go and have some custom cosplay made just for you.

Hollywood Villains
7308 Melrose Ave,
Hollywood, CA 90046
323 930 5691

Fickle Wish

Fickle Wish has a fun mix of Japanese street fashion styles, specializing in harajuku, lolita and kawaii clothing. The employees of the store always dress the part and it’s a visual overload going into the store! Fickle Wish also occasionally hosts local artist markets and music events in the store. They are located in the heart of Little Tokyo, so you can hit up a few quirky shops in one trip (or stop by during one of the monthly harajuku fashion meetups).

Fickle Wish
319 E 2nd St Suite 122,
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213 291 9892

The Crooked Path Occult Apothecary

The Crooked Path Occult Apothecary is a newly opened metaphysical store in the heart of Burbank. They carry all the standard tools of the magickal trade – candles, incense, spell components, crystals, books, charms, and jewelry. In addition to their store selection, they also have several in-house practitioners you can hire for a variety of needs. The practitioners also teach classes if you are interested in furthering your own path.

Fickle Wish
1403 W Magnolia Blvd,
Burbank, CA 91506
818 736 8919

The Green Man Metaphysical Shoppe and Apothecary

One of the oldest occult shoppes in LA, The Green Man in NoHo is also one of the largest. They have a sizable selection of spell components, instructional books, tools, clothing, jewelry, witchy home dec, gifts, herbs, altar pieces and more. Green Man plays host to faires and events from time to time, as well as being home to many teachers and practitioners of the arts – they have multiple classes every week across a variety of paths and themes.

The Green Man Metaphysical Shoppe and Apothecary
5712 Lankershim Blvd,
North Hollywood, CA 91601
818 985 2010

Memento Mori

Mementori Mori is a cross between a kitschy collectible shop and a more serious oddities and curiosity store. If you are into a dark aesthetic but run the full spectrum of what that means, Memento Mori is a great place to check out. They have lots of taxidermy and home dec pieces, some unique clothing, as well as feature many of LA’s talented artists on consignment. There is a more of an emphasis on handmade and one of a kind, bespoke items in this store. It’s got that fun Victorian, classic charm – every time you visit the store is a new experience since their wares are curated and often off the wall antiques, so you’ll want to visit often. The joy of the treasure hunt!

Memento Mori
2209 W Sunset Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90026
323 962 7834

Nick Metropolis Collectible Furniture

Nick Metropolis is one of those quintessentially Hollywood/Los Angeles staples. They buy, sell and consign and offer mainly used mannequins, letter signs, neon, quirky home dec, props, home dec, furniture antiques and more. Even driving past them on the street is fun, but not as fun as digging through their mountains of bizarre vintage pieces. They are somewhere between a prop house and a Vegas style sign graveyard. Nick Metropolis has reported that they have hit hard times lately, so you may not have the chance to visit this iconic store long.

Nick Metropolis
100 S La Brea Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323 934 3700

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