Definitely a dream place, but plan wisely. Honestly, either I was in the right places at the wrong times, following right in the wake of some big-timers or at the wrong places all together. LA has so many spots to hit it isn't even funny. You could hit all the stores in the Twin Cities area (MN) and be home before evening traffic starts. In LA, we were out for 2 days straight (morning till night) and still didn't hit all of the ones I wanted to hit.
That sounds like a disaster...for my wife. She goes along with it like a champ, but meekly asked if "we" could spend less time at thrift stores this time. We agreed on a compromise that I'd drive her somewhere more interesting.
Either way, I remember you came back with some stuff but said that you'd expected "the land of milk and honey." The same is true here. I hit half of my stores today and saved the other half for tomorrow and I used public transportation. Insane.
We're doing part of the trip with my parents (their 40th wedding anniversary ) and then taking a car for a trip, possibly up the coast. I've always wanted to drive through one of the trees in Redwood Forrest. Not sure exactly where we'll start/end it, but I brought home a ton of stuff last time, so I'm excited to make a go of it again.