While some bemoan the clogged supply chain disruption, others rejoice that all this shit is blocked off before it reaches its final resting place, our local landfills.
No matter what you think, everything is within reach of a strong swimmer, from $ 25.00 pop-out surfboards and bodyboards to Christmas tree racks that will hold a Douglas fir in place for a week. or two.
Some savvy and thrifty shoppers, however, care no more about prefabricated reindeer and fire-retardant Santas hitting the chimney by December 25 than about termites eating the tree they won’t buy.
They scour the shelves closer to home for various clever trinkets and handmade goods, some of which were built right up the block. In case you were wondering, I’m talking about surfboards.
The surfboards that many of us in North County ride are often built in San Marcos, Oceanside, or Encinitas. And while you won’t find handmade surfboards (or anything else human-made) in department stores, you will find them at your local surf shop where passionate surf owners struggle. , wondering if they’ll be able to keep their doors open for another year.
These local Ma / Pa operations like Mitch’s, Cardiff Surf Co., Witt’s Carlsbad Pipelines, Encinitas and Bing Surfboards all provide handcrafted American surfboards as well as local knowledge not available from “Kook R Us” or “Hodad Mart. “.
Two shops owned and operated by surfers, but not exclusively for surfers are firmly planted in Leucadia on the coastal road. While they both display their own unique styles, “Bamboo 2 U” and “Seaweed & Gravel” have vibes that have all but disappeared in Southern California. Here you won’t find vendors with badges wearing permanent uniforms, but real people whose lives and work intersect on a daily basis in the name of art and joy.
As you would expect, Bamboo 2 U offers stylish bamboo furniture sets. Less expected, however, are their classic California loungers and lifeguard chairs, Polynesian paintings, ocean-themed lamps, cups, saucers and plates, welcome signs, and hidden gems of upholstery that you will not find risking being trampled even the lightest of all Black Fridays.
Directly north of Bamboo 2 U is ‘Caldwell Antiques’, where a fine collection of Aloha shirts provides a glimpse into the adventure of ancient treasures. However, the largest selection of used Aloha shirts in North County may be a few miles down the road at “Thrifty Threads”.
Oh yes. I was on my way to Seaweed & Gravel when I was brutally interrupted by… Uh, whatever.
Located in the center of Leucadia on the Coast Highway, a skipped stone south of the Leucadia Post Office, the first thing you notice about S&G is their collection of immaculate vintage motorcycles lined up out front. Once inside you will find a small selection of beautiful local surfboards, vinyl records, shirts, hats and Surfer Magazines printed there are many waves.
Like a symphony of good style, the music blends perfectly with the decor. As I do every time I visit there, I expect you to find Seaweed & Gravel a pleasant, peaceful and rewarding journey into the rich history of surf culture.
The above are two interesting shopping destinations. There are others to discover, but they will not exist for our children if we do not buy gifts from them. Keep the holiday craziness at bay and in doing so help respect the words of JP St Pierre who once printed bumper stickers urging, “Keep Leucadia Funky.”