New York’s Weirdest Antique Shop

A photo of a preserved animal fetus inside a glass jar. It is soaked in formaldehyde.

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At a normal antique shop, you’ll find vintage furniture, aged photographs, worn-out old clothing, and collector’s items. But Obscura Antiques and Oddities is anything but normal. The shop specializes in historical anatomy items.

Among the things you can expect to see there? A zebra foot lamp, raccoon penis bones (the proper term is baculum), mortician A/V plugs, and even preserved pig fetuses. It’s definitely not your run-of-the-mill antique shop, and it goes without saying that it’s not for the faint of heart.

But surprisingly, the shop has been in business for more than 20 years. It goes to show that there is indeed a market for these kinds of artifacts. But who would buy a raccoon penis bone and why? That I don’t know, and I’m not so sure I want to find out either.

All I know is that personally, it’s not my cup of tea. Perhaps if I were a doctor or a taxidermist I would find it more enthralling. Instead, I find it rather morbid.

With that being said, there are people who thoroughly enjoy it. To their credit, Obscura Antiques and Oddities is delightfully unique, a tad bit interesting, and certainly peculiar.

Yelp users gave the shop 4 out of 5 stars. Visitors cited the shop’s friendly staff, extraordinary objects, and quirky atmosphere as reasons why they enjoyed the place.

However, on the downside, visitors also said that the items tended to be a bit pricey. Indeed, an antique medicine bottle will run you $65.00.

Another reason to pop in? The shop has been featured on Discovery’s The Science Channel. The TV show was doing a segment on oddities and sure enough, Obscura Antiques and Oddities made the cut.

So where is Obscura Antiques and Oddities? Their official street address is 207 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009. If you end up visiting or have previously been there, drop a comment below! I want to know what you thought of it.

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About Alex Holt

I am a local artist from Brooklyn, NY. I love art, design, books, photography, gardening and blogging.
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