Manhattan – West Village
15 Christopher St between Greenwich Ave and Waverly Pl
There's something about Albertine General that will turn anyone into a collector. As owner Kyung Lee's third shop on the block (the others include Albertine, a custom dressmaking outpost, and Claudine, a clothing retail shop), Albertine General features a diverse mix of antique and recycled collectibles. "This is the kind of place where people can go when they want to buy really special, one-of-a-kind items," Lee says. "Everything is for sale. Except my dog." Expect the unexpected, such as antique jewelry bracelets with scrimshaw charms, an aged spoon collection, and a set of black-and-white photos of families with their dogs. Lee wanted to create the space as a collective so that different "curators" each have a section of the shop. Right now you can see pieces by Robert Warner from the old printing house Bound & Company and Amy Taylor of Cave Canem antique jewelry. The store itself used to be the beloved Oscar Wilde Bookshop, which Lee plans to honor with a small in-shop collection devoted to the author. Make sure to check out the reverse-painted glass pendants (one features a dog; another features a sailboat) newly set in 14k gold by Cave Canem ($325--$585), bright tin boxes of typewriter ribbon tape ($15--$35) and colored vintage '40s sherry glasses with gold detailing ($60 for a set of six).
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