The Curio Emporium

There is a place I know of, where you can time travel.

Located in a lovely suburb of Los Angeles, in a little portion of a beautiful, old house is The Curio Emporium.

Purveyors of curiosities, antiques, oddities, steampunk accessories, taxidermy and militaria, the Curio Emporium is small, but thoughtfully and lovingly curated by it's proprietors, Jenna Macabre and David Constantine. The couple run the shop themselves and contribute to the overall atmosphere by dressing in various period costumes and could not be kinder hosts.

I went to the store expecting not to be able to afford much of anything however, I found the prices so reasonable I was able to bring home a number of bones, photos and a new Jar Pal - a darling little mouse.

The Emporium has branched out and is rapidly becoming a community fixture by hosting a variety of events including picnics, a hearse car show, steampunk themed days and this coming weekend, a special Christmas event featuring a puppet show, vintage clothing as well as booths with other artisans.

1020 Fair Oaks Ave,
South Pasadena, CA 91030


Wed - Fri: 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sat - Sun: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm


  1. how very cool. would love to live close to this!!!

  2. Looks like a really cool place to shop. I love your photos and the way the store owner is dressed.

  3. Looks wonderful! Are you going to attend the Christmas event?

  4. Very interesting place! Looks like everything is laid out with the shopper in mind. I was looking for an antique candle snuffer just the other day and found one that closely resembles the one you've pictured.
    We have a shop similar to this here in town, I have spent literally hours wandering through it, unfortunately it is a bit pricey, so lucky you on your affordable finds!

  5. Pam - Yes, it is! We have some great shops in the LA area.

    Lady M - Thank you. Oh, her outfits are great and she's very beautiful, to boot!

    LGH - I was planning on it as I really wanted to see the puppet show. Alas, Mr. Black wood (who is a puppet designer and builder), got a job for a custom puppet that needs to be done this week so we had to stay in. I heard they will do events like this every month though.

    Bliss - The shop itself is beautiful, but very small. They have SO much packed into it though. There's another shop in LA that has some like items but they are very costly and not nearly as as much as far as antiques go. Mr. Blackwood went to New York earlier this year and visited the Obscura store, the one featured on the Oddities TV show. Beautiful, unique things but a bit pricey for us.

    Did you find your snuffer?

  6. Ooooooo! Looks like the perfect place to get lost in for an hour or so.