- Business Advocacy
Beginning this month, Around Alhambra will feature a business suggested by one of the Alhambra City Councilmembers, in turn, to be highlighted for public awareness. This month, Councilmember Adele Andrade-Stadler, who represents the Fifth District, would like everyone to know about a unique store in her district called 2nd Time Around.
For 16 years, the 2nd Time Around store has offered antiques and vintage items for sale. Six years ago, the business was purchased by real estate agent Noé Piña. He couldn’t resist it. His first job as a 16-year-old boy was in a vintage shop in Montebello known as Cool Jerks. There he bought and sold merchandise, learned where to find “the good stuff,’ and how to price it. In other words, he learned the business. It was a great apprenticeship that gave him the training he needed for the vintage store business. 2nd Time Around was a natural fit.
In the pre-COVID era, he opened up the store’s limited back room space for displays and sales of paintings by local artists and plans to do so once more in the post-COVID era. Again his background proved valuable as we was a fine arts graduate of Otis College of Art and Design. Mr. Piña is a modern Renaissance man.
Tending to his real estate business, he has enlisted the support of longtime friend Fern Chavez to manage the store and run the day-to-day operations. Together they have mastered the art of finding treasures through estate sales, auctions, donations, and the willingness to pick up and haul away items from moving or garage sales.
Mr. Piña likes to say, “We have a little of everything” and a walk through 2nd Time around will prove the point. It would be easier to mention what they don’t have rather than what they do have. Ms. Chavez said they sometimes get visits from Hollywood prop people looking for items to adorn a movie set. Perhaps the most unusual item they have sold was an antique hospital gurney, which was purchased by two standup comedians for their act. The most expensive item was a Lucite “Z” chair that sold for $4,000.
The vintage/antique business is not easy, but this intrepid pair makes it seem so. Venture on over to 2801 W. Valley Blvd. to see the wonders collected in a small space. They can be reached at 626-656-6185. See their website for store hours at https://www.secondtimearoundca.com/contact.