I leave the city whenever I can. I’m not a city-hater by any means, but my desire to go upstate is especially heightened in the summertime. If I have to overheat, I’d prefer to do it in solitude. Of course, I love a lot of things about Upstate New York beyond its purpose as a remote place to sweat. The proximity to farms draws me in more than anything (everybody should go pick fruit from Fishkill Farms), but I also love finding crazy antique stores, which is really the meat of this post.
Echo and I came across one particularly oddball shop in Millbrook, NY called Bottle Shop Antiques. It’s the type of place that should be featured on that A&E hoarders show. Legend has it the owner’s been squirreling away antiques since he was 12 years old and now every nook and cranny of his store is packed with stuff. It’s like you’re observing this guy’s life history through bizarre material objects – and the result is strange and beautiful.
Perhaps influenced by the space, we went totally crazy. We bought earthenware vases, old glass milk jugs and tiny antique medicine bottles etched with what they used to contain, old cures like “worm syrup.” Now these old treasures are perfect for flowers and I especially like to put small beeswax candles in the medicine bottles to make a pretty dinner table (though I keep them in my bedroom).
You should definitely check it out, if you’re ever around those parts.