I’ve been spending some time in San Carlos lately, and just last night, I discovered several green and sustainable shopping options: antiques, consignment, thrift and used. Downtown, on Laurel Avenue, I stumbled into a vintage and antique mall called Laurel Street Antiques at 671 Laurel. It’s one of those large, rambling spaces that’s divided up into different vendor areas, each with their own individual theme that reflects the tastes of the owners. Some are geared more towards fun 70s kitchen ware; others towards vintage clothes including furs, smoking jackets and lightly used designer handbags; still others focus on knicknacks and memorabilia; and of course, there’s my favorite – vintage and antique jewelry. I saw a gorgeous sterling and malachite piece from Mexico, signature included in the sterling, for a relatively reasonable price, as well as all manner of fun period pieces. I will definitely go back to peruse the offerings more carefully, as in the same case as the malachite necklace, were some other very nice pieces.
Just north on the same side of the street, I found The Perfect Rose, at 657 Laurel, a new/consignment shop that had great purses and masks in the window. They were closed by the time I discovered them (I spent all my time engrossed in Laurel Antiques), but I intend to go back and see what all they have to offer.
Next on the same block is Bloomingales at 645 Laurel. They had some tempting blouses in the window as well as a bag that may have my name on it. Again, they were closed by the time I walked by, so I’ll just have to return with more time on my hands.
And then, as I was driving home, I spotted the Thrift Center at 1060 El Camino Real. I have no idea what this place is like, but it gets good reviews on Yelp and it appears I have yet another store to check out – so hard to be me.
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