Miscellaneous + shops
Berkeley Flea Market
Ashby Ave./Adeline St., in BART parking lot. Free.
Now just a fraction of what it once was, stalls are few and far between. Merchandise is mostly Asian and African imports, music and movies, costume jewelry, new and used clothing, some incense and body products, but little food.
Most adults remember the good old days when they were kids and got to go away to summer camp, and most adults think those days are gone for good. Well, they’re not. A vacation at a family camp can bring it all back.”
Family camps provide a reasonably priced, organized vacation experience. They are sponsored by city recreation departments, university alumni organizations, and private enterprise. The city and private camps are open to anyone, but some university camps require a campus affiliation.
And it isn’t necessary to have children to attend. One year at one camp, a couple was actually honeymooning! And elderly couples whose children are grown occasionally attend, too. Family reunions sometimes are held at a camp, and clubs and groups of friends often book in at the same time.
Fees usually include meal preparation and clean up, special programs for children, and recreation programs for everyone. Activities can include river or pool swimming, hiking, fishing, volleyball, table tennis, badminton, hayrides, tournaments, campfires, crafts programs, songfests, tennis, and horseback riding.
Each camp has its own special appeal, but all offer an informal atmosphere where guests can really unwind. Often more than half the guests return the following year. Repeat guests and their camp friends tend to choose the same week each year.
For detailed rate information, itemization of facilities, session dates, and route directions, contact the camp reservation offices directly. Reserve early to avoid disappointment.
●Co-op Camp Sierra
Located in a pine forest between Huntington & Shaver Lakes, 65 mi. NE of Fresno; administration located in Berkeley.
●Echo Lake Camp
Located near Echo Lake and the vast Desolation Wilderness; administration located in Berkeley.
1652 Shattuck Ave.
Representing the work of more than 100 artists, this is the oldest arts and crafts co-op west of the Mississippi. It displays ceramics, jewelry, paintings, and more, and it is the go-to place to find the perfect gift.
1330 10th St.
This shop is filled with antique and new Asian furniture–a lot of which is made in Shanghai–as well as books on origami and sweet potholders made of classic blue fabric
Hida Tool & Hardware
1333 San Pablo Ave./Gilman Ave.
This small specialty shop stocks exquisite Japanese tools for woodwork, gardens, Bonsai, and kitchens–everything from long-reach pruners to teapots.
2982 Adeline St./Ashby Ave.
My jaw dropped when I entered this immense emporium and saw the racks of ribbon, wall of scissors, and assortment of thimbles—to name just a few items. The shop is literally filled to the rafters with antique lace clothing as well as contemporary tools and materials. You will want some time to browse.
●Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles is adjacent, but it is not always open. Displays include an extensive collection that focuses on lace, textiles, and costume, and it includes more than 12,000 items. A non-profit, it is not always open. Free.
Laura & Kiran
1425 Fourth St./Page St.
Lovely fabrics are available by the yard as well as already made up into pillows and table linens. Indian textiles include recycled sarees made into quilts, scarves, and pillows. Cute stuffed animals also make beautiful gifts for children.
Lhasa Karnak herb company
2506 San Pablo Ave./Dwight.
This unusual shop opened on Earth Day, 1970, when they shared a small space with long-gone Shambhala Books. After several moves, it has now taken over the entire space. This shop offers “the largest selection and the highest quality herbs, essential oils, and other natural products to be found anywhere. We specialize in Western medicinal herbs and culinary spices, but we have a nice collection of traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs as well.”
The Potters’ Studio Gallery
1221 8th St.
Artists work in the studios here and display their items for sale in this gallery. Semi-Annual Seconds Sales are held in August and December.
900 Murray St.
This huge warehouse shop sells everything used, from books to recycled building materials. More description and images.
Your Basic Bird
2940 College Ave./Ashby Ave., Elmwood.
Even if you’re not in the market for a bird, this sweet shop offers a wonderful interactive browse. A few other small animals are also sometimes available, including floppy-ear rabbits–my personal favorite
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