I particularly love long coastal drives and I am lucky in that I live so close to the coast, just 30 minutes from highway 1 which creates a way to speed along an invisible boundary between ocean and land. Along this route you will find town after town, mostly very small, full of interesting folks; hippy dippies, outsiders, and self-expressionists. This blend makes from some very interesting thrift stores and second-hand shops.
On this trip I took myself to Monterey and first stumbled upon Plato's Closet:
Right across the street there was a rad little vintage shop called the Cat's Meow:
It was such a beautiful day, I decided to just drive around and see what there was for me to find. I happened upon this little gem, Second Chance: