It is our shameful secret that our favorite venue at 26th Street is the Showplace, an indoor complex with incredibly high-end merchandise. (Ares Rare, an antique jewelry store late of Madison Avenue, has a mini-shop here.) Still, rarefied as this place may be, it remains a flea: Unlike at expensive shops, here you can look and look and never buy a thing and no one will make you feel like a creep. Downstairs, next to the coffee concession, there's a dealer specializing in rare antique silverwareawe love the circa 1630 Charles I spoonaand most of the stock is in the windows, so you don't even have to go in.


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