Vintage Studio—Fun vintage clothing, estate jewelry, hats, and accessories for men and women, in the heart of New Paltz. Recently spotted were; diaphanous '50s slip dresses, (around $40), glam feather covered Valley of the Dolls-style maxi-gowns (around $75), great leather clutch purses (around $30), a Pierre Cardin logo covered suitcase ($65), and deadstock half-aprons from the 1930s that would look adorbz paired with jeans (around $18). They also have a fab selection of deadstock fabrics and trims, including many great 1940s florals and tropical prints, as well as toys, books, and whimsical home decor tzotchkes from many eras. Among the bounty of things I bought upon last visit were; a perfect shimmery taupe '80s scertary dress ($35), '70s Brunschwig & Fils ikat fabric remnant ($25), a 1940s mauve felt fedora a-la Andie Walsh in Pretty In Pink ($28), and a cute West Point badge with a little soldier doll attached ($8). 11 Church St. (845) 255-3022
The Water Street Market Antiques Center—Over 26 dealers offering a very eclectic array of antique and vintage merch, from the 1800s to the 1970s. It is located in the most popular weekend shopping area for N.P. residents and daytrippers, so the turnover is high, resulting in a different 'teeking experience from visit to visit. In fact . . . I dare you not to find something, as you can basically O.D. on turn-of-the-century wooden furniture, one-of-a-kind curios, folk art, jewelry, books, groovy swag lamps, Art Deco glassware, records, lots of '50s kitsch, mid-century pottery, childrens toys from the 20s, and so much more! 10 Main St. (845) 255-1403
Top row: My 'teekin' partner Nic @ Water St. Antiques Center holding a cool 1950s decanter covered in Russian soldiers ($12), groovy 1970s macrame chandelier, if you can call it that ($25), stack of 1980s After Dark magazines ($12). 2nd row: a view of the store's stacked top floor. 3rd row: Signed Cliff Patterson? studio pottery bowl c.1973 ($18.50), cute children's craft book from the 20s/30s, colored stained-glass swag lamps c.1970s ($25 each). 4th row: fabulous mid-century mosaic coffee table of which i'm kicking myself for not purchasing ($75), 1920s pierrot baby doll (?). 5th row: a fun menagerie with Victorian tin boxes, shell basket, sterling toast holder, hand-carved totem pole, and folk art pirate doll (all priced super-cheap)!
Rhino Records—East Coast hub of the California-based music collector valhalla, and once-indie record label of the same name. The shop is smallish, but is packed with a stellar selection, and great prices to match. If you're the type that would drool over a mint 1st pressing of Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother for $25, or would be stocked to see all of Bill Nelson's hard-to-find electronic releases for around $10 a pop, you'll feel right at home. Also on offer are great platters of rare new wave, jazz, and freedom rock. Plus, all the dudes that work there are really nice, and one one occasion they were blasting Talking Heads, and on a Sunday morning, they were offering everyone donuts while they browsed. Need I go on? 3 Church St. (845) 255-0230
Above: My sister, Lizzie, happily scavenging for No Wave LP's @ Rhino Records.
Barner Books—A great dusty, jazzy ol' bookshop, full of disorganized collectible and unusual used tomes. There's much fun digging to be done on its vast array of shelves, and on the $1 carts out front. Favorite items seen were beautifully ornate little booklets from the 1930s on drug addiction, vintage cookbooks galore, and many large-scale artist monographs at great prices. My purchases were a copy of a hysterically risque book from 1976 on phallic art-to-wear called Hardcore Crafts ($12), and a rare copy of the 1969 magazine Avant Garde, featuring Picasso's Erotic Gravures ($12). 3 Church St. (845) 255-2635
And for some fun, vintage and un-vintage places to check out while exploring N.P. . . .
Mudd Puddle Coffee for lattes and iced teas, Barnaby's for cocktails (skip the grub) in an old-timey-stained-glass swag-lamped-'70s-steakhouse-vibe, Manny's old-school art supply store, The Groovy Blueberry for tie-dyed hippie garb, Karma Road vegetarian deli/bakery/juice bar, and Jack's Rhythms for more vinyl LP's and CD's, and the Wallkill View Farm Market for free weekend hayrides, NY state honey, fresh produce, crafts, and a corn maze!