Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.
NYC the Blog reports a strange new form of retail at 360 Broome Street in the space that once housed men's boutique Klurk. The store is called The Shopping Box, and its consists entirely of white boxes holding items that belong to other vendors. Need to sell your old cell phone or Gucci belt? Rent one of the boxes for up to $7 a day. (The fee varies depending on the desirability of the space—$7 gets you a window box at eye level.) According to the blog, items on sale right now range from cheap ashtrays to high-end leather goods going for $1,600. This business model is apparently borrowed from Japan—think it'll work in Nolita?
· Shopping Box Boutique Opens On Broome Street [NYC the Blog]
· Nolita's Klurk to Close After a Decade [Racked NY]