Nostalgia for Sale
Diehard collectors and curious browsers adore these stores and markets around the world that showcase objects and clothing from bygone eras.
Text: María Ignacia Pentz @mariamariapentz
PhOTOS: Williamsburg Flea Market
Williamsburg Flea Market
Hundreds of vendors set up shop every Sunday in New York’s East River Park, no matter what the weather. This flea market in Williamsburg is a Brooklyn essential, especially for the nostalgic: some 150 stands sell vintage clothing and accessories, as well as collector’s items and antiques including cameras, vinyl records, paintings, typewriters and furniture. Cap off your outing by trying some of the delectable culinary offerings, like the organic ice cream from Blue Marble.
Open Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
50 Kent Ave.
phOTOS: maría eugenia cerutti
In 1980, Carlos Ruiz opened this sportswear store selling primarily Adidas sneakers, clothing and bags. When Gatic Argentina lost its license to represent Adidas in the country in the wake of the 2001 financial crisis, Ruiz held on to his stock and even bought the remnants of other sportswear stores that were getting out of the game. With 35 years in the business, Ruiz Deportes is still running strong, as though no time had passed at all. It’s a special spot in the heart of the Mataderos neighborhood that offers an impressive selection of original sporting goods from the 1970s, 80s and 90s. Adidas eventually got wind of the story and made a short documentary on the store called Sole Searching in South America (available on YouTube).
Open weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Av. Emilio Castro al 7300
“Welcome to the world’s loveliest bookstore,” reads a sign at the entrance. Acqua Alta is a glimpse of another era, but it’s hard to decide what is most fascinating: the more than 100,000 old books or how they’re stored – in casks, tubs and canoes – to protect them from the “high water” that gives the store its name and thus avoid water damage of the floods that hit Venice every fall and winter. Thousands of books are on display in no discernable order, including classics and editions that you won’t find anywhere else. To suss out a treasure, you’ll need to look hard or just trust the infallible memory of the man in charge, Luigi Frizzo.
Open daily, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Calle Longa Santa María Formosa 5176, Castello
phOTOs: Vintage Magazine Shop
Eric Crauford opened this shop more than 40 years ago when he came from London to São Paulo with more than 27,000 albums. Since then, he has only increased his collection, part of which makes up the selection at Eric Discos, with more than 80,000 records spread throughout six rooms in this old house. A total of 2,150 square feet of music is organized by genre, with walls covered in records, album covers and posters. You’ll find plenty of rock – with a special focus on the 1960s – as well as Brazilian music, opera, classical and more, with gems like original pressings of the Rolling Stones’ Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967), rarities like the album by The Beatles parody band, The Rutles, and sales titans like Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. It’s heaven for music lovers.
Open Monday to Tuesday, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Friday & Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
R. Artur de Azevedo 1815
phOTOs: Stefan Schmeling
Vintage Magazine Shop
For more than 40 years, this shop in London’s Soho district has been home to an endless selection of classic print materials. Come inside and lose yourself for hours amid hundreds of movie and band posters from past decades, concert flyers, the front pages of newspapers with monumental headlines and even used books and comic books. Take the staircase lined with old autographed pictures of celebrities to the basement, where the shelves feature more than 250,000 original magazines published in the 20th century.
Lunes a sábado, de 10:30 a 19:00 hrs.
39–43 Brewer St.
phOTO: pepita is dead
Pepita is Dead
Vintage clothing is usually second hand, but everything at this store in Madrid is new old stock, obtained unsold from other shops and warehouses. Pepita is Dead specializes in clothing and accessories from the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s, but even treasures from the 1920s can be found on occasion. Each piece is selected with the utmost care: dresses, shoes, eyeglasses, hats and costume jewelry. And it’s not just for women – there are items for men and children, as well. One of the oldest and most popular vintage stores in Spain, Pepita is Dead has a well-deserved international reputation.
Open Monday to Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Calle del Dr. Fourquet 10