Behind the scenes at some of L.A.’s favorite places

The Abell Auction Company in Commerce is a family legacy more than a century in the making. They began in 1907 as a retail operation in West Adams and transitioned into an auction business in 1916. Packed and popular for decades, the impressive crowds were often shoulder to shoulder until disaster stuck in 1992 when the L.A. riots destroyed the business. But three weeks later they moved to Commerce and were up and running again. For the past 27 years, business has been booming, with weekly auctions held every Thursday and high end, specialty auctions on a monthly basis. And here’s a TIP– this is the go-to spot for designers and decorating pros to find unique treasures, but you don’t have to be a pro to get in on the auction action. Stop by on Wednesdays to preview the goods then place your bids on Thursday!