For the the discernible shopper with a taste for antiques, Manhattan's 25th Street is the place for you.
The Antiques Garage is, as the name suggests, a garage. But don't let the name scare you away. The sprawling, crowded two-floor space on 25th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues hosts more than 100 vendors every weekend selling rare and wide-ranging items that would give any inventory person a headache.
For 15 years, the market has drawn visitors to the space for its wide selection of unique antiques, fine silver, and vintage items, from jewelry to paintings. Though not for the less-than-serious shopper (while bargains are possible, don't expect flea market prices on these collectible items), for those looking to kill an afternoon, it's not a bad way to spend one.
In fact, you could make a whole day of it, as the market offers a nearly free ($1) shuttle to the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market. Or, take a walk east to the outdoor West 25th Street Market, all organized by the same people. This nearby flea, between Sixth Avenue and Broadway, features even more vendors selling collectibles and items from all eras, from Victorian to Deco to the '50s and onward, in the form of paintings, prints, jewelry, handbags, rugs and memorabilia.
So, among these markets' wares, there's sure to be an item that catches your eye. Just don't sit on it too much - you may only come back the next weekend to find it snatched up by another eagle-eyed shopper, hunting in your territory.
This is one of my favorite spots in the city. I can literally spend hours upon hours in here just walking around. They have absolutely everything -- I have to limit myself from going too often because I know how much shopping I can do in one visit alone. Everyone is always really nice too -- always willing to help with you and tell you about the items.
By L.R. - senior writer Tuesday, 3rd of May @ 03:50 am