Talk about old! The Ocean Beach Antique Mall not only carries the largest selection of vintage gold and silver state and costume jewelry in San Diego, but it is also the oldest antique mall in Ocean Beach. Owners, Nancy and Ken Freeman have over thirty years of experience in the antique business, and it certainly shows in the couples discriminating collections. They carry the largest selection of hollowware, gold and silver bowls, trays and candlesticks and also have the largest vintage clock collection in San Diego. This expansive antique mall features 12 other dealers whose featured items include tools, primitives, religious items, sports memorabilia, ivory and an extensive collection of contemporary handmade doll houses, and doll house accessories. The Freemans were not always in the antique business. Ken, who used to work as a geography teacher, arbitrarily answered an ad to polish clock weights for a dealer. Through this initial connection he was able to learn the business, eventually become a dealer himself, and started his own antique shop in the heart of what now is the Gaslamp quarter across from The Old Spaghetti Factory. That’s where he met his future wife, Nancy, who was perusing his shop for a vintage find. Together they worked downtown until they moved in 2001 due to rising rent costs. They found their new home in O.B. and have been there ever since. So if you’re looking for a vintage find in the heart of the O.B.’s antique district, check out the Ocean Beach Antique Mall and find that old treasure you’ve been searching for.
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This last Christmas and birthday season (I have one of those unfortunate December birthdays falling within a few days of Christmas), I was fortunate enough to receive an abundance of gifts from friends and family. However, the one that really stood out from the crowd, that practically made me tear me with how much thought much have gone into it, was a personalized coffee mug. This particular gift stood out from the crowd, and is treasured not only for itself, but for the constant reminder of the caring person who went out of their way to give me something personalized just for me. When you really want to show someone how much you mean to them, (and have fun creating something unique), getting them any item that can be embroidered, engraved, or in any way personalized, is by far the best way to go. EmbroidMe San Diego has an incredibly large assortment of not only apparel, but mugs, glassware, bags, uniforms, towels, and even lip balm, that can all be personalized in a number of ways. Items from EmbroidMe will be appreciated and loved, and are perfect for any gift giving occasion!
I was in town for a conference and looked up all of the nearby record stores. FeeLit was my first stop. Great place. Good variety of records and other cool stuff. The guy working that evening was the best. Showed me around the store, put some of my selections on the store stereo and made sure all of my choices were cleaned before I left. The vinyls were already in excellent shape, but I appreciate him making sure they were as clean as they could be and he even set me up with a media mailer to make sure they got home safely. Ended up with about five used vinyls and one new release. Good prices on all. Great store and excellent customer service. If you are in town and staying in the Gaslamp district, just walk on over to FeeLit and get your vinyl fix.