Hughes Estate Sales
The Arts District is a vibrant nest of businesses catering to a culture of weekenders. And word’s getting out about a new to-do: treasure hunting at the Hughes Estate Sales showroom off Alameda Street.
Here you get the experience of estate sale hopping without the gas guzzling. Instead you’ll pull up to an airy 8,000-square-foot brick warehouse with wide rollup doors allowing natural light to pour onto a pair of restored rides, a 1978 Mercedes and a vintage VW Rabbit, serving as gatekeepers to a collector’s playground.
These new kids on the block are old industry players in the estate sales world. The company’s founder Larry Hughes, now retired, opened his first shop in Pasadena in 1978 and pioneered the showroom model with fresh stock from multiple estates on one floor. Today his son, Todd Hughes, runs the family business.
Liz Hesik, the Hughes Estate Sales development director and Todd’s wife, explains the picking process, “We’re going into a home and taking everything that we feel has a sense of style, a sense of history, something that gives it interest.“
The stock ranges from coveted Herman Miller pieces to vintage Mexican silver bracelets to old scrapbooks, all at wholesale prices. You’ll see shoppers picking things up, weighing their need to possess it against the price tag.
Hesik feels downtown’s the perfect place to re-introduce a timeless tradition to a new generation of collectors and she’s eager to have the Hughes brand become part of the community.
The 3-day sale kicks off with drinks and tunes on the third Friday of each month.
A little insider tip: get on the Hughes email list so you can preview what’s hitting the floor days before doors open.
Sat + Sun: 10-4pm
Janica de Guzman