Echo Park’s retro retail scene – which includes vintage clothing stores, antique shops and vinyl record sellers – now includes Rewind: The Recycled Electronics Store. The chartreuse-colored storefront at 1041 Alvarado south of Sunset Boulevard features a line up of restored stereo and audio equipment – including a 1960s Fisher receiver with vacuum tubes and a 70s era Bose receiver and speakers -that were developed long before music lovers filled their homes with iPod docking stations
Rewind is an outgrowth of a personal pursuit for store owner Oscar Carpinteyro, said his wife, Jennifer, who keeps the shop open during the day. “He would buy speakers and bring them home for his personal use,” she said. About eight years ago, Oscar Carpinteyro opened an eBay store to sell restored and used equipment picked up at estate estate sales. But with the birth of the couple’s second child, there was little space left in their Elysian Valley home for his burgeoning inventory. That lead Carpinteyro to lease a small Alvarado storefront, which once housed a long-time bridal shop where his wife had purchased her wedding dress 10 years ago. Rewind, which also repairs equipment and sells other audio accessories, has no website yet but it’s open from 12 pm to 7 PM Monday – Saturday and from 12 PM – 5 PM on Sunday.