Echo Park Time Travel Mart

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Echo Park Time Travel Mart

At first glance, the inside of this storefront resembles any other market in the area—but look closer and you’ll find a collection of “time travel” curiosities that one might need in order to visit the distant past or future. For example, Robot Toupees, Barbarian Repellent, Primordial Soup In a Can and vast collection of books. What gives? The place is a cover business: While everything in it is indeed for sale, the store is actually a front for 826LA, a literary nonprofit founded by author Dave Eggers. Enter through a secret door in the back of the shop, and you'll find a classroom, where free tutoring and creative writing classes are offered to kids ages 6 to 18; in fact, all the books in the store are written by those kids. (Many are even professionally published and sold on Amazon). Another inside tip: If you come up with a cool idea for a product to sell in the mart, employees will help you design it for sale to the public. Which might spur others to drop some dough and thus contribute to this awesome nonprofit. The Time Travel Mart is one of seven themed stores from 826 National, including Brooklyn's Superhero Supply Co. and DC's Museum of Unnatural History.

By: Andri Antoniades

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Venue name: Echo Park Time Travel Mart
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Address: 1714 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles

Opening hours: Mon-Sun noon-6pm
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tastemaker

This place is definitely unique and different. I had never heard of such a place, and when we went inside it all made sense. Things that were retro and funky, as well as futuristic stuff was here as well. Some are gag gifts, but some are actually really cool. Bf and I really liked a watch that said NOW on it. Had a great laugh about it for a bit. Also ended up getting a rock for our friend who loves rocks that lets you crack it and create your own geode which was cool. Got a writing book for our writer friend too. A great gift place if you're visiting and want to give a funky souvenir!

tastemaker

This is a funky little shop that's worth stopping in if you are in the area. You can see everything pretty quickly. It's a fun way to support 826LA. Parking is easy on the nearby streets. 

tastemaker

Such a fun little gem in Echo Park. If you're walking around in the area and have not been (or are showing around some visitors in the neighborhood), you definitely should pop by. It's small and you'll only spend a few minutes, but you'll definitely get a good laugh and maybe leave with a silly time-travel themed trinket. As everyone else seems to be saying as well, this is such a wonderful way to house/promote the non-profit (which i consistently hear positive and great things about). If you have the time to volunteer with them, definitely ask for some more info. If not, maybe donate a few bucks or at least inspire a few people to stop by and see what the nonprofit & the time travel mart is all about.


The Time Travel Mart is 826LA's quirky storefront with themed merchandise like a shirt that says, "Future Adult" among other unique items for your time traveling needs. Beneath the facade is actually an amazing nonprofit organization that's been recruiting talented volunteers to help develop the next generation of best selling authors. It's a cause worth giving to and you get a cute shirt out of it.

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I'm gonna have to agree with Kate on this one. The Time Travel Mart is everything right with community-focussed nonprofits. The good humor and charm of the store is infectious and the writing services they provide are truly fantastic. 

moderator

How can you not love this place? If you're cranky about the one-note "joke," you clearly just don't get it. The storefront is mostly there for the kids—you know, the kids who are learning about writing and storytelling in the back classroom, the classroom built by 826LA, the non-profit built by author Dave Eggers to nurture the brains and imaginations of said kids. And what kid (nay, human) wouldn't want to hang out in a time travel mart? Or a pirate ship (San Francisco) or a bigfoot research institute (Boston) or a robot supply and repair shop (Chicago)... I could go on. These are places to let your imagination run wild, to laugh at a few jokes and to buy something (or donate) if you believe in inspiring the creativity of young minds.


With something like two decent jokes animating the store, it becomes tiresome very,very quickly.  My kids and I all independently chose to go there because of the timeout description.  We all agreed that the place was a real bust compared to our expectations (made worse by the 50 minutes of traffic we fought to get there).