If you're new to Electra, you will quickly learn that we are inspired by just about anything. And everything. From travel to fashion to music to food, we see the value in our different styles and preferences. Individuality is pretty rad. Out here in Encinitas, we have plenty of California culture and luckily we have a few great thrift shops and resale stores that make our hearts skip a beat. Whether it’s sifting through vintage jackets or weathered alternative rock albums, we look forward to finding the hidden gems. We visited three of our top thrift shops for funky, fresh and everything in between.
Our first stop? Thrifty Threads, of course. Located right off Coast Highway 101, this vintage shop is tucked in the corner off E Street. If you’ve ever shopped a great second-hand store before, there’s an authentic “used” clothing smell looming around the shop. Oh, and we can't forget to mention the endless rows of seventies go-go dresses, flannels and Hawaiian button-downs that caught our eye.
Located next to Better Buzz, one of our favorite coffee stops in downtown Encinitas, Flashbacks Recycled Fashion is a vintage shop that’s best known for its blast from the past style and accessories. We don’t know what we love more, their funky atmosphere or even funkier clothes! Bell bottoms and leather jackets line walls making it easy to spend A LOT of time sifting through one-of-a-kind clothing. Every time we pop into the store during our lunch break, there’s always something new to try on.
Here at Electra, music is life. You’ll often hear our sales department listening to classic rock throughout the day, while others listen to hip hop and R&B, indie rock, classical music, and even the occasional country song. That’s why we couldn’t wait to share our favorite shop spot: Lou’s Records. A plethora of CDs, DVDs, records and tapes reside here from every decade and genre. Where else can you find a brand-new Queen album or an entire set of Fast and Furious movies? Lou’s. Always. Fun fact: Our love for sifting through old records was part of the inspiration behind the Vinyl Ding-Dong bell.