The fresh smell of leather as soon as you walk into the store is something that store employee, Patty, has already gotten used to. Only after a few months of working at Toler’s Leather Depot, her sense of smell for the leather has become desensitized. However, her love for the job has not. A store that has been in business for over thirty years sees a lot of foot traffic come through looking for their leather needs. Fortunately, when locals want some place to take their out-of-town guests, this is one of the stores they can bring them to, since it’s open 364 days of the year and it provides a sense of history that’s abundant in the Old Town area. Patty says, “When locals bring their friends for souvenirs, they usually find something they like as well.” Because it is a specialty shop, it makes for a fun visit for anyone, local or tourist. They carry items not seen at your everyday store, such as Confederate and Union hats often bought by those participating in reenactments. They will custom fit belts, putting the holes where you want them, and they have mounted on one of the walls a jack-a-lope. The décor, the leather smell and the friendliness of staff make this store, like so many in Old Town, a true shopping experience.
2667 Camino Del Rio SSan Diego, CA 92108
In October 2009, owners Les and Janet Ciapponi expanded their San Marcos wholesale handbag warehouse and opened a boutique along Garnet Avenue that is a shopper's dream. Cleverly named, the Purse Addict is an immediate attention getter and the selection lives up to its name.Every available space in the store offers the latest in handbags, jewelry, scarves, sunglasses, and most recently clothing apparel. It's as if one has been invited to indulge in a fashion guru's personal closet, with bags of every size, shape and color adorning the walls and accessories displayed in various cases. The Purse Addict's selection is every changing; meaning no matter how many times you visit, there is always a chance to purchase the most current trend.A couch with a table is centered in the middle of the store creating a welcoming and casual vibe. The table is lined with beautiful clutches and wallets. While the selection comes from frequent visits to national trade shows , it also carries works from area and international designers. Currently, the front counter displays artistically designed bracelets from France as well as 100% leather purses from a designer in Temecula.It's the kind of local boutique to be treasured in a community because of the inviting atmosphere, personal service and the range of selection and styles. If you weren't a purse addict before visiting this boutique, you definitely will be after you leave.