A couple weeks ago, I decided to squeeze in a quick trip to The Last Bookstore in downtown LA! I’ve heard about it for so long, and finally decided to just fit it in that day’s schedule! I love the smell of old books, the feel of thumbing through old pages, and marveling at the book cover designs of tomes decades old. The wall above my bed is covered in such weathered pages–I could go on and on about how much I love books! Not only do they carry current print editions, but they also carry gently used books, and extremely rare volumes as well.
The second floor is where the fun begins! A beautiful “flying book” installation by Jena Priebe and David Lovejoy entitled “Diagnosis” greets you as you enter the second floor. It’s followed by an old Chevrolet tailgate that was re-purposed into an industrial style bench. As you walk further in, you are surrounded by shelves put together in wacky ways, and there’s even an old bank vault that they converted into a room full of horror and mystery books! Right next to the vault, there is a large “book archway” that leads you into the next room. When I walked through the book archway, it was hard not to think of Hogwarts, and all things Harry Potter immediately. Not only are there great installations on the second floor, there are also small gift boutiques, and art galleries too! And also, right around the corner is the famous Bradbury building, where many scenes from Blade Runner was filmed!
And of course, I had to get in a couple shots of my jewelry inside, pictured is my vintage 1960’s gold swirl bracelet set with large amazonite stones, and my vintage gold, pyrite stone, and topaz coated quartz point necklace. The necklace was shot inside the vault, where they had these strange science fiction-y style consoles! It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area and want to experience something cool! The Last Bookstore is located at 453 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013.