Out in the middle of desert lies one of California’s hidden gems- the town of Yucca Valley (which is next to the famed Joshua Tree). On my most recent trip back to my beloved California, I had the opportunity to check out the area and the top “must-see” thing on my TO DO list was to visit The End. The End is a trendy and eclectic boutique owned by Kime Buzzelli, who just happened to be the wardrobe designer on (the modern) 90210 during seasons 2-5. She opened the space about two-and-a-half years ago in hopes of it becoming a social hub for meeting locals, desert travelers (hello Coachella!) and collaborating with creative artists and designers. I found out about her shop through her instagram, as she always posts new inventory and provides us with a glimpse into her rich bohemian lifestyle and obsession with funky vintage finds. So it was obvious that I had to check it out when I was in Cali. The boutique isn’t too hard to miss, with it’s brightly painted walls and a helpful sign on the sidewalk. Kime was not in the day I was visiting, however, I was warmly greeted by Jordan, who was just as kind and informative. Luckily, I was the only customer in the shop- so I was able to browse the racks with ease. Kime stocks amazingly dreamy vintage, Native American and one-of-a-kind vintage jewelry, as well as product from local artists. She gives us a more in-depth taste of what you can expect to find at her shop, “I love collecting one-of-a-kind vintage jewelry and clothing and things that tell a story or have a history. Something about things that were made by someone especially appeals to me. I carry jewelry by some local artists as well as woven wall hangings by All Roads Designs, art by Elena Stonaker, pottery, dream catchers and other magical things like geode gem & driftwood mobiles.There are also great deals on pieces by new designers like Opening Ceremony, Rag and Bone, Isabel Marant, DVF and more! The style is definitely eclectic and inspired by 60’s and 70’s glam and dreamy gypsies as well as 80’s and 90’s wild prints and florals.” It’s definitely a place where you can spend a couple hours playing dress-up (think Native American jewelry, beaded and fringed bags, crazy capes and avante garde kimonos, flower crowns…), chatting with the friendly staff creating the next big trend. Prices aren’t too shabby either, with $8 sunglasses to $300 vintage 70s wall hangings, and an average price of $28-38 for vintage and designer clothing.
If you are ever in the area around the first Saturday of the month, the local shops are starting to have late night gallery and shop openings- so be sure to support your local small businesses!