For most of us, window shopping is a Sunday post-brunch activity that occurs a safe distance away from any type of cash register. However, the Park Slope store Robert Henry Vintage has figured out how to make that very activity treacherous for your wallet. How? Because the store isn't actually much of a store at all; rather, it's a 4-foot by 13-foot shoppable window display at 683 Sixth Avenue.
The display stocks vintage housewares and home furnishings, each of which comes with its own QR code. Once it's scanned, shoppers are redirected to a payment page where they can then arrange to pick-up or have the item delivered. If you don't have a smartphone, though, you can call or email them directly.
DNAinfo explains that the store first opened in 2008 at the same address on Sixth Avenue. And at that time, it was a full-size store. However, after a portion of the inventory was moved to the Robert Henry Contemporary gallery in Bushwick, the shop was converted into strictly a window operation in June. The current display includes mostly glassware, in an environment that's completely safe from breakage and all grubby fingerprints.
· Vintage Store Offers the 'Ultimate in Window Shopping' [DNAinfo]
· Robert Henry Vintage [Official Site]