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Obscura Antiques and Oddities
Virginia Smith, writer
Call me old-fashioned, but to me, if a gift doesn’t say “creepy” it doesn’t say “Christmas.” Which is why I plan on doing basically all of my holiday shopping this year at Obscura Antiques and Oddities. Whether it’s a taxidermied squirrel, a gas mask, or a globe that can help you find Prussia, just about everything in this tiny East Village outpost will help you further the (obviously worthy) goal of transforming your and your friends’ apartments into a nineteenth-century study... or an opium den. Plus, the last time I went, the guy there explained in perfect detail how a shrunken head gets made. What could possibly be more festive?