Dig Up Macabre Frills at Obscura

Obscura's Wares

Obscura is a quirky hoarder’s dream. Photo from Camille Fernandez at Time Out NY.

Oddities is one of the more interesting shows on TV.  It’s sort of like Pawn Stars and American Pickers but with more grisly merchandise.  Featuring the East Village’s own Obscura Antiques & Oddities, you see celebrity clientele alongside local Goths and the morbidly curious.  With merchandise from mummified animals to avant-garde art, their collection is ever-changing and always a bit weird.

I don’t think it hurts that the aptly named store is housed in a former funeral home.

Obscura has been in the neighborhood for a long time and only fairly recently moved to their current location.  It’s a small shop that, due in large part to its new status as a tourist attraction, is often quite crowded.  But their wares are worth cramming for.

Prices vary almost as widely as the goods they sell.  From cheap souvenirs to expensive taxidermy, you can find something for practically anyone on any budget.  I’d just make sure that whoever you’re buying for likes weird stuff.

While I wouldn’t recommend Obscura as a costume shop, they’re definitely a great place to find accessories and finishing touches.  And they have a set of one-of-a-kind costumes if you’re willing to pay a few pretty pennies.

My favorite part is how knowledgeable the staff is about the items’ histories.  I’m a sucker for a good story.

Head down to Obscura Antiques & Oddities (207 Ave. A b/t 12th & 13th Sts.) any day at any time between 12 PM and 8 PM (7 PM on Sundays).  You might even meet owners Mike Zohn and Evan Michelson while they’re filming for Oddities—and snag yourself a TV spot in addition to some cool new toys!

About Jay Miller

Jay Miller is an engineer, writer, and entrepreneur based in his hometown New York City. He co-founded East Village Vibe with Jacob as an excuse to share his long-time favorites and brand-new discoveries with everyone on the Internet.

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