Monday, August 11, 2008

Retail Therapy | Return to Fish's Eddy

We got home quite late from Vancouver last night so I don't have fresh post for you this morning - sorry! I have been meaning to post this guest blog (that I did for Poppytalk 3 weeks ago) over here at the cafe - so now is the perfect opportunity. Back tomorrow with something new for you! Enjoy!

Fish's Eddy.There are very few stores in New York that I like better then Fish's Eddy. The wonderful interior space is filled to the brim with vintage dinnerware, flatware, glassware and linens. Along with the massive amounts of vintage there are some great modern pieces based on vintage design. Its a little overwhelming but if you are not in a hurry you can find some real treasures here. And I love the way they merchandise the store. There are so may tea towels hanging from the ceiling and sugar bowls stacked into pyramids. You have to be very careful not to crash into displays as you wander around with your jaw hanging open at the scale of it all.

One of the things that I think is very clever at Fish's Eddy is that often it's hard to identify the modern from the vintage. Everything is displayed in scruffy old cupboards and shelves which gives you the feeling that you are the first person to discover this amazing old stash of stuff. In fact it probably is the same feeling that the owners had when they first laid eyes on their original inventory source, "One fortuitous day we came across an old barn filled with endless stacks of dishware from hotels, restaurants and diners. There were bushels of cups, creamers and sugar bowls. There were plates and platters stacked sky high.The barn had been in a terrible fire and it was in bad shape… yet the dishes were surprisingly intact. Still, the content was only good to anyone willing to cart it away." And apparently they were the willing ones!

 

Some of the modern and reproduction pieces available at Fish's Eddy are really wonderful. A talented group of designers have produced a number of in-house lines that really represent a good cross over from vintage to modern. I especially loved the display of porcelain glove manequins - all different shapes and sizes. I think they would be great for jewelry displays don't you?

Fish's Eddy is located in the Flatiron District of New York: 889 Broadway at 19th Street. 

8 comments:

Erin @ Bride Design said...

Goodness how I miss that place from my days of working just down the street @ 21st btwn Park Ave So. and Broadway. I need those hands for my dresser!

cartolina said...

Now way Erin - you used to work just down the street from Fish's Eddy - that's cool!

Julie said...

This shop looks like I could spend hours upon hours there ...so sad I missed this one on my trip to NYC this year. Maybe a good excuse to plan another trip? ;-)

PutzFrau said...

My heart started beating really fast when I saw the pic of all the jadeite in this store.

We have a very similar, stacked floor to ceiling kitcheware store in San Francisco called Cookin.

Jill said...

I have been to Fish's Eddy and I own 3 of the glove molds. I had been searching for them for months and saw them on a cab ride to the ABC carpet & home. I about jumped from the cab. I carried these on the airplane ride home and the guys running the security x-ray machine thought I was crazy. It was all worth it.

cartolina said...

No way Jill - that's too funny - so what did you end up doing with the hands? I think they just make great decorative objects especially if they are grouped. I have some new ones to post here on Monday - quite different(and I'll tell you where you can buy them too!

Pigtown-Design said...

I love Fish's Eddy. A group of girlfriends and I go to NYC right before Xmas every year and FE is always one of our stops, as well as Pearl River!

Michele said...

I love the look of this place and i collect old and new dishes to mix and match. I have never heard of this place and I am making a trip to NY in Nov. I definitely will have to add Fish Eddy's to the list of places to go!

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