Kitsch, vintage, collectibles plus funny valentines gifts at 8 Ball

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BY CAROLE ROSNERcarole-rosner

Naomi Alper used to restore and repair old Vespa scooters for a living. She started to bring is some knick knacks from home to entertain the customers while they were waiting for their vehicles. The customers loved these “tchotchkes” so much they asked Naomi where to buy them. From there, the idea for 8 Ball was born. Naomi now believes that “laughing and smiling is better than getting dirty.”

8 Ball gift store.

8 Ball in Burbank has unique, retro clothing and gifts.

8 Ball is a gift store with a hip, retro, rockabilly, Doris Day-type feel. It’s fun and full of unique items. “I surround myself with what I love,” Naomi said, “If I like it, I buy it” and obviously her customers like her merchandise too since 8 Ball is about to celebrate its 13th year in Burbank.

In addition to women’s and men’s modern ‘50’s style clothing, shoes and accessories (the Lux de Ville metal flake purses were great) there’s an assortment of funky giftware too–cool kid items (such as baby tattoos and rock and roll onesies), tongue-in-cheek type candies (Uncle Oinker’s Gummy Bacon and Fruitcake Mints) and even non-religious, biblical themed items like Jesus ashtrays, magnet sets and Holy Toast Bread Stampers.

Eclectic coffee table books with topics ranging from architecture to tattoos are on sale, as is a broad selection of non-Hallmark type greeting cards. Naomi has even set- up a special Anti-Valentine’s Day display that includes Voo-Doo dolls and “I Hate You” stamp pads.

Books and gifts, owner, Dad Rocks! onesie. Photos: Carole Rosner

Valentines fun, books and gifts; owner Naomi Alper; Dad Rocks! onesie. Photos: Carole Rosner

If you can’t get to Magnolia Blvd. you can get 8 Ball’s items online (, although you might miss seeing Angelina Jolie stopping in for another whoopee cushion as reported by a certain well known magazine.

8 Ball 3806 W. Magnolia Blvd. Burbank, CA 91505 818.845.1155 Open: Monday-Friday 11am-7pm Saturday 11am-6pm, Sunday Noon to 5pm.

Clothing, purses, retro gifts. Photos: Carole Rosner

Clothing, Metal Flake vinyl handbags by Luxe de Ville, retro gifts. Photos: Carole Rosner

Carole Rosner is a native Valley Girl who took the school bus with Michael and Janet Jackson and worked at the Sherman Oaks Galleria in its heyday. She likes to spend her free time finding bargains at Crossroads Trading Company, eating Chinese chicken salad at Stanley’s and admiring the view from Fryman Canyon. Check out her new blog: – reading, watching and eating.

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