SecondHand WonderlandAug 6th, 2014 | By Lindsay | Category: This and That
My BFF Mike, from MovieShotsLA, recently opened a vintage/collectables shop named SecondHand Wonderland in Simi Valley. The boutique’s motto is “Not your average thrift store,” which couldn’t more perfectly encapsulate the place. Mike has accumulated a massive amount of entertainment memorabilia, movie props, sports collectables, magazines and vintage toys over the years, all of which has been sitting in storage for eons and is, therefore, in pristine condition. I was practically drooling upon stepping inside. So while today’s post is a bit of a departure from my usual musings, I thought the shop would be interesting to my fellow stalkers. And yes, Mike does take mail orders (via Facebook and Instagram).
SecondHand Wonderland is a virtual treasure trove of items from yesteryear. I literally could have played in there all day!
I was, of course, especially drawn to the corner containing movie props.
On display are items from countless movies like End of Watch, Stark Raving Mad, Parkland, Iron Man, Rush, Begin Again, and Memento. (Don’t go looking for any Beverly Hills, 90210 memorabilia, though – those pieces he could never part with. ) Just a few of the Begin Again props available for sale include one of the microphones used by Gretta (Keira Knightley);
and the music award won by Dave (Adam Levine).
I couldn’t resist walking away with the backpack that belonged to Violet (Hailee Steinfeld) in the movie.
There are also numerous movie costumes for sale. I was most excited to see the clothing worn by Matt Scudder (Liam Neeson) in A Walk Among the Tombstones, which hits theatres this September. One of the items up for grabs is Matt’s army green trench coach.
The particular coat that Mike has was used in a scene involving water. I absolutely loved seeing that information mentioned on the costuming tag attached to the jacket.
A second coat worn by Liam in the movie is also for sale;
as is a set of two identical blue scarves;
and his character’s pinky ring.
Seeing all of the pieces in person was thrilling beyond belief, but the highlight for me was viewing the tags that accompany each article of clothing. Behind-the-scenes details like that captivate me!
Autographs your thing? SecondHand Wonderland has plenty! For sale are several signed movie posters, including the Parkland poster pictured below.
For sports nuts, there is also quite a bit of sports memorabilia for sale;
including two seats from Dodger Stadium.
SecondHand Wonderland also carries furnishings, housewares, camera and computer equipment, artwork, Hot Wheels, magazines (practically every TV Guide published in the last twenty years), comic books, baseball cards and vintage records. The shop is like a museum and worth a visit even if you’re not looking to buy. I had a blast visiting and cannot wait to go back!
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Until next time, Happy Stalking!
Stalk It: SecondHand Wonderland is located at 2355-3 Tapo Street in Simi Valley. You can follow the store – and place online orders – on Facebook here and Instagram here.