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The best antique stores in NYC

At the best antique stores in NYC, one-of-a-kind treasures are waiting to be unearthed and added to your apartment

By Jacqueline Nochisaki
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Shopping at antique stores in NYC is an event, a summertime ritual best handled post-brunch on a bright weekend afternoon. Sure, you already know the best shops to visit for vintage clothes, but check out these antique stores in the city to find kitschy, crazy and absolutely perfect items that look like they came from fancy home decor stores. So check out some of the best brunch NYC has to offer — and let the hunt begin!

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Best antique stores in NYC

Demolition Depot
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1. The Demolition Depot

Shopping Antiques East Harlem

If you’re in the market for, say, a wrought-iron elevator cab with a scroll motif, this is your spot. The four-floor store is filled with fixtures that make good on the business’ goal of reclaiming building elements to preserve architectural history. The rescued period pieces, including doors, balcony railings and actual friezes from 1905, can have a new life in modern projects.

2. Furnish Green

Shopping Antiques Midtown West

The crush of Midtown isn’t normally associated with artfully crafted, one-of-a-kind antiques, but this oasis of beautiful things is located right in the thick of it. On the fifth floor of a commercial building, you’ll find Furnish Green, a showroom for restored vintage and antique furniture, lighting and décor. Well-made, long-lasting and reasonably priced pieces are brought in weekly—snap up finds such as a rolling bar cart ($250) or a Dual 1009 turntable ($85). Need decorating ideas? The store’s blog features photos of customers showing off purchases in their homes. 1261 Broadway (917-583-9051, furnishgreen.com)

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Obscura Antiques and Oddities
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3. Obscura Antiques and Oddities

Shopping Antiques East Village

For more than 20 years, the East Village’s Obscura Antiques & Oddities has been serving up unusual odds and ends—things you didn’t even know you needed or wanted. The pièce de résistance in your studio could be a deck of Krampus playing cards ($10) or Russian flight goggles ($85), and if you’re looking for something a little more dramatic, go for the partial circus-sideshow banner (it’s missing the top half of a tiger) from the mid 1900s, which can be yours for $1,200. 207 Avenue A (212-505-9251, obscuraantiques.com)

Fuego 718
Photograph: Jessica Lin

4. Fuego 718

Shopping Antiques Williamsburg

This Williamsburg shop is absolutely packed with beautiful and eclectic arts-and-craftsy pieces from all over the world. Items old, new and totally reworked from Mexico, Peru, India, Haiti and more feature heavily in jewelry, paper products and all manner of charms and ornaments. There’s also a Día de Muertos flair, with skulls, bright colors and a dash of Frida Kahlo in the items.

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RePOP
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5. RePop

Shopping Design and interiors Greenpoint

Billing itself as a cross between a Midwestern junk shop and an old-fashioned Parisian boutique, RePop sells all manner of quirky curios, from vintage furniture to decorative taxidermy. The shop has a pretty fast turnover, so if you see something you love, buy it. One thing that’s always in stock? Turn-of-the-century doll heads ($5 to $50). They may look like they’re just the store’s decorations, but they really are for sale, we promise. 

6. Yesterday’s News

Shopping Antiques

This charming Carroll gardens shop sells an eclectic array of vintage clothing, jewelry and furniture in a homey, slightly cluttered space reminiscent of an old-timey general store. There’s a lot to sift through, so take your time perusing the constantly changing collection that includes postcards, globes, old photos and kitchen tables. 

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White Trash
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7. White Trash

Shopping Design and interiors East Village

White Trash features a rotating inventory of midcentury modern furniture, lighting and whimsical gifts. Grab a metal Denoyer Geppert Teaching Globe from 1945 ($1,200) or a pair of 1950s Italian gilt iron nesting tables ($595)—but grab them fast. The turnover here is high, ’cause you know what they say about one man’s trash…. 

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8. Gramercy Vintage Furniture

Shopping Antiques Gramercy

This place is stocked with furniture from as far back as the 1800s. New pieces arrive weekly and through consignment, and the shop offers a service to help clean out your entire apartment. Period bedroom sets, vintage Persian and Oriental rugs and cheery Tiffany lamps are some standout finds.

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