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Antiquarian’s Delight, in the former synagogue off South Street, is closing

Antiquarian’s Delight, the quirky flea-market-like antique shop on 6th Street near Bainbridge, is closing. Sale signs popped up recently on the once-stately, now decrepit former synagogue just off South Street.

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At one point, it was a go-to destination for unique gifts, Bakelite jewelry, used furs, vintage clothing, records, engraved flasks, costume party needs and hundreds of kinds of knickknacks.

It appears, according to Yelp reviews anyway, that the shopping experience had taken a turn for the worse in the last year or so. The shop started consistently getting one-star reviews, and commenters began discussing how incensed they were at having to pay a $1 entrance fee, which is something we never paid in our South Street-frequenting youth.

The building itself now looks to be practically falling down, and a veritable weed forest has sprouted up around it.

Notice the disintegrating windows

Notice the disintegrating windows?

The good news, maybe, is that the building was sold in November for $1.1 million, according to city records. No permits or zoning requests have been made for the property as far as we could find.

Hopefully, the new owner, the cryptically named 615-21 South 6th Street LLC, will restore the building, which has some nice architectural features and looks like it could make a really cool apartment building.

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But we shall see.



One Response to Antiquarian’s Delight, in the former synagogue off South Street, is closing

  1. Zack July 10, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    Thank god. That place stunk. I went with my wife to browse around once and we found a nice outdoor table set. We asked the man selling it how much he wanted and he proceeded to sigh, complain about how he needed more ginger ale and then tell us we couldn’t afford it.

    It was the weirdest environment in there.

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