Youngsters who have outgrown their gear and adults picking up a new sport can outfit themselves with selections from Play It Again Sports, the largest sporting-goods resale franchise in North America. For the last 25 years, the Pacific Beach location set itself apart, garnering both the parent company's Store of the Year and Heritage award and is one of the top performers in the nation. As in all the stores nationwide, brand-name equipment—from popular makers such as Diamondback, Bodyglove, and Wilson—shines in San Diego's displays alongside gently used wares. This gear helps equip competitive athletes playing sports from soccer and golf to surfing and biking. Patrons can also trade in or receive cash for their equipment, provided that it is still in working condition, and put that money toward new or used gear.
Mr. Jingles Christmas Trees spreads holiday merriment with noble, douglas, and grand firs individually selected from forests in Oregon. On the lot, trees stand in water and receive additional watering from the staff each day to keep needles healthy and green. Trees vary in size from 2 feet up to 16 feet, ensuring customers can a perfect specimen no matter how high their ceilings or how modest their budget. Complimentary hot chocolate keeps patrons warm as they peruse the lot, and once customers have found their perfect tree, the crew will gladly grab a rope and secure it to a car or riding mower at no additional charge.
Casting Water Garden and Decor stocks more than 20,000 outdoor accents and gifts to adorn lawns and gardens. Handmade from coconut and bamboo in Bali, 40-inch bamboo wind chimes ($29.99) accent green spaces with graceful curves and tinkling cylinders that sing out "I Want it That Way" when hit correctly. Create a harmonious atmosphere with the soothing trickle of miniature water fountains, or illuminate winding pathways with rainbow-colored solar-powered garden lights ($29.99). Cast-iron bird feeders and handcrafted birdhouses cater to feathered flocks with spaces designed to look like wooden churches, clay nooks, and two-dimensional reproductions of birdhouses.
Edible Arrangements' more than 50 fresh, artful fruit baskets combine the aesthetic elements and emotive properties of floral arrangements with the juicy edibility of fruit. The sweetery's designers stud the Delicious Daisy, a bouquet of sliced honeydew, pineapple, and cantaloupe, with strawberries and strings of grapes that can double as a 25th-anniversary gift for a Smucker's jam heiress ($35). Decadent, gluten-free layers of white and semisweet chocolate coat fruit in a 12-piece box of hand-dipped strawberries and bananas ($25). Customers can also put today's Groupon toward a larger centerpiece, such as the Melon Delight, a decorative spray of watermelon wedges, pineapple daisies, cantaloupe, honeydew, grapes, and double-dipped bananas sprouting from a watering can ($76). The preservative-free treats are all handcrafted at the apex of freshness, readying hand-dipped dainties to be hand-shoved into eagerly awaiting mouths.
For more than 30 years, the runner-owned Movin Shoes has been churning out fresh gear, kicks, and outerwear. Backed by industry leaders including Nike, Asics, New Balance, Adidas, Saucony, Brooks, and Mizuno, the store stocks shoes ($70–$140) fit for the ball or heel of any particular foot. Striding beyond footwear, the on-hand staffers also guide guests through a wide variety of apparel, including Adidas Glide shorts ($30), Brooks Equilibrium long sleeve shirts ($36), Nike High Impact sports bras ($40), and unbroken finish-line banners.
Master crafter Laura opened The Bouncing Bead in 2004 to provide a creative foster home for budding beaders and bling builders. Skilled instructors lead a variety of classes in disciplines including wire coiling, classic pearl knotting, and basic beading. Each class teaches proper techniques and builds the firm foundation jewelry enthusiasts need to build the sparkles that give well-worn garments the freshness of a coconut picked straight from the tree. Prices vary per course, but typically average between $25 and $50; students can register online, by mail, by phone, or in person. View a complete calendar listing of upcoming workshops here.