Your friend owns Kimbals, a clothing and accessory shop in
Palm Springs, California. She asks you go on a buying trip to the Garment
District of Los Angeles. Now really, what are the chances anyone would say,
The day arrived. The
weather was checked: Cold but sunny! A heavy sweater should do it. Comfortable
slacks and top for ease in out of the car multiple times. Oh yes, the most
comfortable walking shoes completed the comfort outfit.
This is what I included:
- Two of my reusable water
bottles filled to the brim. I’ve seen way too many documentaries on
plastic water bottles to think they would be a good idea to take on this
trip or any other trip.
- An extra pair of shoes. I
find a change of shoes half-way through a walking day makes a big
different to my feet and my disposition.
- Snacks. Those corn muffins
I made from scratch and have in the freezer would be perfect. Also
included some almonds, love their portability. Bananas are good too to
give you a boost. A welcome fruit for my drag time around 1:30 p.m.
- Mobile phone battery
charger. Not only do I post pictures of the sites I see, I use my phone to
send gift ideas to friends, keep up with text and phone calls. One needs
it because before I know it my phone is drained have a 2.5 hour drive back
to Palm Springs.
First Stop – Often called Chinatown
Even if you are not shopping for something, this area of the
Garment District between 1st and 4th and Los Angeles is an experience. Think of huge warehouses with vendor booth
upon vendor booth filled with things you equate with Made in China items.
Want a fan to cool yourself in summer heat? No problem, you
can buy them by the dozen and hand them out to friends at your next hot
backyard party. Palm Springs Insider Tips
Need ribbon? Every color and size imaginable is available.
Party favors? Adorable boxes for favors as your friends go
out the door.
You get the picture. All these vendors and items produce a
Near 12th Street and San Pedro Street, we find ourselves
surrounded by small boutiques selling their brands. Mannequins beg us to come
in to view next season’s lines. Yet, this trip, the goal was to purchase
jewelry so their beckoning to us to come in proved to be ineffective. We were
on a mission.
Now if you want jewelry, this area will most certainly meet
your needs. I commented to my friend,
since I am a lover of jewelry, this place makes me feel like A little kid in a
Each store has hooks of row upon row of earrings, necklaces,
and bracelets. I found a pair of gold earrings I liked, but I wanted it them in
silver? No problem, I found a silver pair right next to the gold one. At this
point, I knew if it wasn’t there, it would be, more than likely, located in the
Thus, I ended up with jewelry I didn’t need, but it was arty
and unusual, so how could I leave them behind?
Alas, we looked at the clock. If we didn’t head back, we
would get stuck in traffic with the in Los Angeles folks traveling to Visit Palm Springs
for the weekend.
Snack on the Way Home
My friend, and driver, was getting weary, so we made a stop
at Starbucks. She selected a
cheese/fruit plate and we sat there and ate while smiling about our purchases.
She was pleased for her next Las Vegas trip tasks had been cut down considerably
and she has great new merchandise for the store.
As for me, my treasures are still on my kitchen counter. As
I finish this article, I am smiling for now it is time for me to open, my bags,
and put away my treasures.