Best Indescribably Cool and Inexpensive Stuff - 2001
Gary's on 4th
It's probably safe to say that generations of New Yorkers have outfitted their homes entirely from GARY'S ON 4TH. Inventory changes daily, but at any given time, expect to find vintage bark-and-tobacco tins, white linen napkins, toy train-set buildings, picture frames, and plastic handbags celebrating Spanish soap operas. In the back room, the radio's playing the Isleys, and there are neatly organized bins of buttons, toy soldiers, and political memorabilia. The front room, which plays Ella and Bing, sells jewelry, mirrors, and rare jewels like a tomato telephone. Sofas, rugs, armchairs, and bar stools are sold out front. Whether you're a regular or a newcomer, the owners are always fair, and they'll tell you if you're buying something that should work but doesn't.