I thought with all of the yarn shops that I visited on the coast that I would do a small review of each. I had a lot of fun and would highly recommend visiting yarn shops at the Oregon Coast.
First off I have a couple of rules when I shop on vacation. 1. I won't buy yarn that I can get from my own yarn shop unless it deeply on sale. 2. I try to buy things that are unique to the area or difficult for me to get otherwise.
Cannon Beach - Coastal Yarns
By far this was my favorite yarn shop to visit. It had a good variety of yarns. Their claim to fame is that they carry Blue Moon Yarns. The yarns that I purchased are Noro Silk Garden and Noro Silk Garden Sock Yarn. I can get Noro Silk Garden at home, but I wanted it specifically for a hat I am working on. Their prices were a tiny bit higher than I am used to, but it wasn't too bad for the selection and their location.
Seaside - Creative Beginnings
This shop was alright. They had a little bit of everything. They had beads, scrapbooking supplies, and yarn. They also had a sweater knitting service that seemed very reasonably priced. My only thought was that they had so many different things that they didn't focus that well on any one thing. They carried a pretty standard set of yarn, but nothing really stuck out as special beyond what my LYS already carries.
Astoria - Custom Threads
This shop also is more than just a yarn shop. It is part yarn shop, part fabric shop, part gift shop. They also rent tuxedos. They had a varied set of yarn for sale. It really was a treasure hunt to go in there. They had acrylic and then next to that would be Dale of Norway. A lot of their yarn would be right at retail and then some would be much cheaper. I found such gems as Alice Starmore books, but I already own copies of both of the ones that they had or I would have snatched them up. It was obvious that this shop had been there for a long time and had a little bit of everything. I didn't end up buying anything there. Mainly because of spending my money at another shop that I will talk about next time. However, I think that I would definitely go back there.