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New York City has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some local shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around our fantastic city that we might not all know about. Cue the Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.
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Yesterday, Modern Anthology co-founder Becka Citron gave us some insight into her favorite Chelsea destination for kitchenware from the 1930's and 1940's. Today, her business counterpart, John Marsala, sheds some light on an appointment-only shop in Fort Green that stocks everything from coffee mugs from the 1970's to the odd killer Toledo chair. The name of the showroom is called Dorset Finds, but finding out the location is a little trickier. The address will only be revealed once an appointment is made.
A few short weeks after opening Modern Anthology, Becka and I met vintage enthusiast Justin Dorset. Not only is he one of the nicest guys we know, but he also has a great eye and a real appreciation for vintage without the hustle of an American picker. His pieces range from industrial seating to industrial lighting, 1940's tether toy cars, a giant 1940's lighted red arrow sign, and cheeky coffee mugs (we love his 1970's collection with outdated names—Yvonne anyone?)
In order to get the goods, you can check out his blogTwitter for the latest merchandise. Most vintage items featured on his blog are posted alongside the original advertisement or some additional information about the product or manufacturing company's history...which we love. Is Twitter the new Craigslist? We sure hope so.· Dorset Finds [Official Site]
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