The Best Flea, Antique, Vintage, and New-Style Markets in America

Pamela Keech (Author)

Product Details

Little Bookroom
Publish Date
November 05, 2013
7.1 X 0.5 X 4.9 inches | 0.65 pounds
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About the Author

Pamela Keech has been addicted to flea markets and auctions ever since she watched her father buy a nineteenth-century Steinway piano for $15. She is an artist, writer, and expert in the material culture of the working classes. In 1993 she began working as the curator of furnishings at the Tenement Museum in New York City and has since furnished the entire museum with flea market finds. She is the author of The Curious Shopper's Guide to New York City and the co-author, with Margaret Brucia, of The Civilized Shopper's Guide to Rome. She lives in New York City and Bloomington, Indiana.


Praise for Pamela Keech's previous book, The Curious Shopper's Guide to New York City

"As long as 'little' is the operative word of the day, the Little Bookroom covers its bases with two types of New York shopping guides. Travelers with a casual interest in shopping might enjoy "The Curious Shopper's Guide to New York City" by Pamela Keech ($12.95; 352 pages). By culling each neighborhood's best offerings and leaving out the rest, it makes room for some enlightening background along with the meaty details, glossy photos and buying tips that shoppers live by." -The San Francisco Chronicle

"A gem of a book no bigger than a knish." --The Boston Globe

"A lovely gem of a book, The Curious Shopper's Guide presents Manhattan in its entire specialty-shopping glory. Need kitchenware? Go to the Bowery. Need underwear? The Lower East Side. It's 47th Street for a day or afternoon exploring the Diamond District. Keech (The Civilized Shopper's Guide to Rome) details each shopping area, showing how to walk it and including select restaurant suggestions to complement the excursion. A welcome addition to libraries..." --Library Journal

"The Curious Shopper's Guide to New York City is a chunky little book that a rapid shopper in New York City can slip into a purse and wield as a secret weapon. Some of the best shopping in the world can be found in the Big Apple."--Pittsburgh Tribune

"Want to dig into New York City's unique shopping districts? The Curious Shopper's Guide to New York City is the perfect tool for uncovering great shops around Manhattan, whether you're looking for fabrics and notions, art supplies, flowers, lighting, kitchenwares or anything else."

"In addition to the design, I also love the structure of this book. It is organized by historic shopping districts, and one can easily flip through and read about where to traditionally buy items ranging from undergarments on the Lower East Side to antiques in Chelsea. Friendly descriptions are included for relevant stores, and the author focuses as much on the retailers' histories as she does on their goods and services. I would say this little book is a must have resource for designers who live in New York City." --CRIT Design

"Looking for a 2-foot lacquered sushi boat or antique ribbon? How about a feather mask, a zebra hide or a lampshade custom-made from parchment? Perhaps a vintage accordian or Chilean goat-toe shaker (a rhythm instrument) would bring out your inner musician. All of the above and many other exotic and unusual items can be found for sale in New York. And a new book called The Curious Shopper's Guide to New York City: Inside Manhattan's Shopping Districts, by Pamela Keech, can help you find them." --Associated Press

"Hundreds of superb listings of all sorts of shops. Probably one of the most useful guidebooks to come across Gridskipper's desk, author Pamela Keech exhaustively lists where one may purchase fabric, furniture, baubles, trinkets, clocks, knives, pillows, lighting and yes, even deer heads." --Gridskipper

"For pocket-sized, covetable books, turn to The Little Bookroom."-Vogue [UK]