Yesteryear Essentials is a local, independent family run antiques store in Los Angeles, CA. We are a husband and wife team (Pearse and Sinead - nice Irish names) and we established Yesteryear Essentials in the fall of 2011. I had been studying antiques for many years and during a flight from Portland to Los Angeles the concept of Yesteryear Essentials was born. Within 6 months this concept became a reality and 3 years later Sinead left her corporate insurance job to join me in my successful endeavor proving that you can make your life-long passion a career.
Originally from Fermanagh in Northern Ireland, we moved to California in 2006. Growing up in an early Victorian house, it became apparent to me how durable and style resilient antiques were. Listening to the old, eclectic characters in my small village talking about the past and fueled with an interest in history, I realized the practical, interesting and aesthetic value of antiques from a very young age. This in turn led to a strong interest in collectibles and, over time, a deep passion for both. It is without doubt in my DNA to appreciate anything of quality and I have always wanted to find out the story behind each and every discovered treasure. We both love searching out “new” old things and have fun researching their specific purposes and history.
At Yesteryear Essentials our collections offer an insight into where our sentiments lie - from the infinite sadness of the trenches to the subsequent hedonism of the 1920s. I love the contrast of the over-intricate Victorian decadence to the sparseness and practicality of mid-century life. Every style tells a story of the people and the time it reflects and we should all invite a piece of that history into our lives.
Sinead and I spend most of our time at estate sales and flea markets finding the most interesting and high quality treasures for our store. We are always friendly, fair and honest and love to hear from people interested in antiques, art and collectibles - contact us anytime.