There is something pretty awesome about stumbling across a place that you didn’t even know existed, but do you know what’s even better than that? Stumbling across two such places, which is exactly what we did when we found Eclectic Collectibles And Antiques and City Reliquary in Williamsburg New York.
You know that I’m a sucker for antiques so when we found Eclectic Collectibles and Antiques, which is a store that is chockablock with all sorts of treasures from vintage toys, to retro furniture, to stuffed-armadillo lamps, to an entire taxidermied squirrel family that you’re allowed to look at but not shoot… you guessed it, I was in heaven, I don’t think I saw Shane for like forty minutes.
A lot of Eclectic’s stock comes from estate sales and auctions and it doubles as a prop house so you can expect to find all sorts of things from all sorts of eras. This place houses one of the best collections I’ve seen in a while, so if you’re anything like me and love vintage goods then definitely seek it out if you’re in Williamsburg.
One of the highlights were the three retro cars at the back of the store that looked like they had been expertly parked by Marty from Back to The Future. In fact one of them was actually used in the 1989 Batman movie. How cool is that?
We didn’t buy much from here seeing as we still had a whole day of walking ahead of us, but I did purchase an old metal Popeye piggy bank which was super heavy (typical me) and so carrying him around sucked, but I’m so glad we bought him home!
Address: 285 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, United States
The other place that we found was City Reliquary, which is a not-for-profit community museum and civic organization. This place aims to show people past and present New York and is full of trinkets that are remnants of the old city.
It’s full of amazing things, but my favourite display by far was an old cabinet full to the brim with different Ladies of Liberty. I have never seen so many altogether like that, it was pretty damn cool.
If you like being surrounded my interesting pieces of history then this is the place for you. You pay whatever you like to get in which is pretty cool and you can expect to spend a good amount of time looking around and trying to take everything in, so maybe have a snack before you go to both places.
City Reliquary reminded me a bit of the Designpanoptikum – Surreal Museum For Industrial Objects in Berlin. Also such an interesting spot that is so worth going to if you ever find yourself in Berlin.
Address: 370 Metropolitan Ave Brooklyn, NY 11211 at Havemeyer St, Williamsburg – North Side
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