By happenstance I found the most amazing place for antiques in Chealsea, NY: Garage Antiques. Although almost everything in New York is incredibly pricey, I found this market reasonable, and the sellers are willing to haggle.
Most surprisingly was the amount of Asian vintage goods; I couldn't resist buying this turn-of-the-century Japanese postcard with a Russian stamp. Apparently, it increases the value of the postcard if it was mailed and postmarked, because it's more rare and irreproducible. It reminded me of one of my favorite photographs in the collection of the St. Louis History museum, Dainty Geisha Girls and Quaint Arched Bridges in Japan. The method of hand-coloring, or manually adding colour to a black-and-white photograph, looks rather outdated; but for me still has its own sort of charm.
Amazing wood and lead-cast printing types, as well, salvaged from discarded movable printing presses.
My friends and I agree that we much prefer to spend money on gifts for others than on ourselves. There is something gratifying about surprising someone with the perfect gift that is personalized and special. For my graphic design friend interested in typography, I bought her initials.
How do you buy gifts for friends?
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