Double Take-509 S. Coast Hwy 101-Encinitas, CA 92024

Double Take-509 S. Coast Hwy 101-Encinitas, CA 92024-(760)479-2501

Double Take offers fashionable ladies consignment clothing.  I was impressed with the selection of items- in particular the assortment of cute dresses.  I tried on 3 dresses but didn’t end up buying anything. The fitting room was a bit of a peep show like experience though– with leopard print curtains that barely closed.  Overall, the shop was clean and organized.

They had a good rack of “sale” items as well– jackets, tops and pants.  The stuff was cute and wearable.

Ecotopiia- 543 S Coast Hwy 101 Encinitas CA 92024

Ecotopiia– 543 S. Coast Hwy 101–Encinitas, CA 92024-(760)753-7420


One of my favorite stops in Encinitas this afternoon was the Ecotopiia store located at 543 S. Coast Hwy 101.  I stopped in more out of curiosity than anything else– I was not planning to buy anything. To my surprise and delight I found hand painted greeting cards, soothing natural lotions and eco-friendly cleaning supplies.  There is a station in the back of the store where you can actually refill your existing containers w/ product– this is awesome and earth-friendly!  This store has a little bit of everything–  cute fur-lined jackets, yoga pants, water bottles.  They also had this little kit with fork/knife/spoon/chopsticks that would be great to carry around in a backpack for eating on the run.

A pleasant side note– the person who assisted me with my purchase was interesting and chatty.

The best thing I found– and purchased– was a set of Indra Chopsticks in a blue Hemp holder for $5.50.

Encinitas, California

I had a great time shopping in Encinitas this afternoon!

This is what I told myself before I started the task of organizing my closet…

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.

~Mark Twain

…more on closet organization later….

Pretty view of the ocean


Just a thought…

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.  ~Dr. Seuss

i Phone Apps for Thrifty Shopping

I found some fabulous Smartphone apps to help with thrift shopping!!

iLocate is a comprehensive searchable database for all the charity and thrift stores wherever you are with contact info,directions and more.  View by list or by map for easy decision-making.  One touch search– no typing. Call with the iPhone with one click.  (negatives on this app– it does cost $1.99 and reviews were on the poor side)

The Find-Shopping By The Find— Scan barcodes.  Find the best prices.  Search for deals. Save money.  This is an add-free app that is also totally free how awesome is that!  Detects your location and identifies coupon codes and shipping deals available for each item. The app also synchs with The Find website so if you don’t want to use your phone you can always use your computer.  Highlights stores you have “liked” on Facebook.  (a free app with decent reviews)

ThriftBuddy— with the economy tight and people looking to save money this app is the ultimate tool for you to become a thrifty shopper.  With 10,000+ locations listed in the United States it’s the most comprehensive collection of thrifty spots you can find. Looks up any of these locations by zip code, city or state.  (a free app with outstanding reviews)

Cleaning Vintage Items

  • Vintage clothing requires special care. Check first to see if the care tag survived. If it did,  follow the instructions to the letter.  Likely, the garment does not have a legible care tag, or if it was hand constructed, never came with one.
  • Determine what fabric the garment is made out of. If in doubt consult someone more knowledgeable or take it to a dry cleaner.
  • Hand washing is the safest option. Fill a clean sink or plastic tub with cold water for natural products like cotton and use warm water for synthetics like polyester.
  • Add gentle detergent. Brands to try–Ivory Snow, or Woolite. Use ¼ cup of powder, or one cap of liquid detergent for every gallon.
  • Gently scrub stains with an old toothbrush. If there are stubborn stains, OxiClean seems to work when cleaning vintage clothing. Create a paste to treat collars or underarm stains. Rub on and then cover with plastic wrap to hold the moisture in place for several days.
  • Rinse out all the soap. Drain the sink, or empty the plastic bin, refill with clean water and swish the item.  Gently rinse until no soap remains.
  • Dry your vintage clothing on racks instead of the dryer. If you do not have drying racks, lay out on clean white towels. Use another towel to blot up some of the moisture.
  • Machine washing is possible with certain vintage items. Heavier retro garments, cottons, denim and thick polyester can be put in the washer. If you decide to go this route, be sure to turn the item inside out first and use cool water. Vintage denim should always be washed in cold water.
  • When in doubt, dry clean. Vintage clothing made from suede, wool, velvet or an item with lots of decorative embellishments should be sent to a reputable dry cleaner-preferably one who specializes in vintage clothing.

Quick Tips For Thrift Shopping Success

  • Shop the same places… This may be the best tip – visit the shops in your community often–you’ll learn when the new shipments arrive and when the sales occur.   You’ll score the better stuff and probably get better deals if you learn these basics.
  • Yes… you can negotiate… Many shops, such as Goodwill, may not let you negotiate prices but others will.  It definitely never hurts to try!  You will likely have more luck if you’re willing to buy multiple items or more expensive items.  Shops are more likely to deal on slow-moving merchandise.  Bring cash, as many resale shops don’t take credit cards.
  • Don’t be afraid to travel… Take a trip to a different neighborhood or even a rural area and see what’s there — the merchandise mix will differ and it gives you the chance to break out of your comfort zone.
  • Take your time… Relax and enjoy the hunt.
  • Don’t go crazy… Shop carefully and choose wisely. Remember tip #1 – you’ll be back soon, right?