Mystery Spot T-shirts and tote bags: they’re here!

October 16th, 2014

You asked, we delivered! Just arrived: a ton of brand new silk-screened Mystery Spot T-shirts and tote bags, now in stock. Red on white, and even a few white on black! All sizes available from Infant to Youth to Women’s/Unisex to Men’s. Great quality tees. And our great canvas totes. (And yes, they DO make great gifts!).

The Mystery Spot Tee Tower!

Marked Main Street, Phoenicia, NY.

As usual, they can be had for the bargain price of only $15. clams.

Phoenicia Celebrates Davy Crockett Day! Aug. 17 at High Noon!

August 14th, 2014

Phoenicia Celebrates Davy Crockett Day!

Tiny Catskills Village Celebrates World’s Largest Davy Crockett “Muffler Man” Statue

Lookalike Contest, Valuable Prizes, Ukulele Performance, Free Refreshments, and more – Sunday Aug. 17th at High Noon – Fun for the Whole Family, and FREE!

plus….20% off Sale at The Mystery Spot!

In what has become a brand new annual tradition, on Sunday, August 17th, at 12 noon, the statue of Davy Crockett, who for forty years has towered above the two block long Main Street of Phoenicia as its village mascot, will be honored once again with a gala celebration to mark the American folk hero’s birthday (his 228th).

Davy Crockett Day will include a performance by the Catskill Ukulele Group, refreshments, and a Davy Crockett lookalike contest open to kids, teens, adults and pets, with valuable prizes donated by the Phoenicia business community. There is no registration or entry fee involved – just show up! We especially urge kids and pets to enter! Be as creative (or literal) as you wish.

Hosted by the Sportsman’s Alamo Cantina and Mystery Spot Antiques, the event promises to be a blast. Prizes include two free nights at Catskills Getaways cottage, a season pass to the Mount Tremper Arts 2015 Summer Festival, $50 gift certificates from Mystery Spot Antiques, Tenderland Home, the Emerson Spa, and the Emerson Country Store, tubing passes from Town Tinker Tube Rental and F&S Tube Rental and valuable gift coupons from local restaurants, lodging, and other local businesses. The event is free of charge, and open to everyone. Free refreshments will be provided by the Sportsman’s Alamo Cantina, which has also concocted a special cocktail to mark the event – the Davy Crockett Twist.

In addition, The Mystery Spot will be holding a 20% off sale all weekend!

Last year's lookalike contest winners (photo: Laura Levine)

Now You Can Vintage/Vinyl Shop Six Days a Week in Phoenicia, NY!

June 30th, 2014

It’s summer! Which means it’s our 13th season and we’re now open six days a week for all your vintage and vinyl shopping needs. Come on down (or up) through the Catskills, along the Esopus Creek, and to Phoenicia for a day trip or weekend getaway. Thrifting, junking, antiquing, crate digging, vintage clothing shopping, whatever you call it, we’re at your service! We even have a YARD SALE IN A BOX and dollar records on our front porch open 24/7 for when you get that itch to dig through dusty crates of crappy old records at 3 AM.

You’ll recognize us by the fourteen foot statue of Davy Crockett out front.

Friday 11 – 5
Saturday 11 – 6
Sunday 11 – 5
Monday 11 – 4
(Tuesday closed)
Wednesday 11 – 4
Thursday 11 – 4

(Please note…even though we’ve posted early closing times, chances are we’ll stay open later if town is hopping and there are still folks shopping! Or on holiday weekends. Or as the mood strikes. Always feel free to call 845-688-7868 or email to confirm).

P.S. —> Since we know you’re thinking this: YES, WE BUY! WE ALSO TRADE/BARTER/SWAP. Doing a house clean-out, attic or basement or barn spring cleaning? We’re very interested to know what you have that you’re looking to sell/trade/move on/etc. Trunks of old clothing (1960s or earlier)? Boxes and boxes of records? (Rock, jazz, blues, country, folk, unusual preferred – no classical or easy listening or show tunes, please…..). When in doubt, just drop us an email or give a call.

Mystery Spot Antiques in Phoenicia NY now open weekends + Mondays. It’s our 13th season! How can that be?

June 5th, 2014

We’re starting to bring in TONS of vintage items gathered from our secret sources over the next few weeks (and will continue all season-long). Killer vinyl from our crate-digging excavations, estate-fresh vintage clothing for men, women and – yes! – children, unusual old books, vintage linens and afghans, knitting and crocheting patterns, mid-century lighting and objets d’art, Rusticalia, vintage kitchenware, vintage barware, doo-dads and knick-knacks and tchatchkes of a vintage vintage. And yes, some actual antiques, Victorian, Edwardian, Arts and Crafts, primitive country.

Vintage denim and men’s work clothes (Carhartt, Carter’s, Levi’s), vintage Chanel suits and scarves and a Louis Vuitton Pappillon bag (ask for photos), oddities, unusual weird creepy thrift store paintings, vintage costume jewelry, old photographs, vintage Polaroid cameras, vintage typewriters. Vintage T-shirts, leather jackets, ladies’ hats, capes, lingerie, maxi-dresses, day dresses. All vintage, of course.

Twenties, Thirties, Forties, Fifties, Sixties. Seven rooms packed to the rafters with our hand-picked favorite items, lovingly displayed and always fun to dig through.

As usual, we’re behind on everything! At some point we’ll update this page with the wonderful press we’ve received these past few years, and maybe even some of the love notes regularly posted by strangers to our front door. Meantime, a great way to stay in the loop is to follow us on Facebook or Instagram or sign up for our mailing list.

And when we’re closed, the YARD SALE IN A BOX awaits you, where dollar treasures beckon to be discovered. That and a few crates of Dollar Records…24/7, the porch is open all night.

So get out of the city and/or Brooklyn, hop into one of those Zip Cars or take the Trailways Bus right to our front door on Main Street in Phoenicia, NY in the beautiful Catskills. Phoenicia offers tons of things to do (hiking, fishing, tubing, camping, chilling) and places to eat, shop and stay (see our links on the right). The perfect weekend getaway vintage roadtrip!

You’ll recognize us by the fourteen foot statue of Davy Crockett out front.

Since we know you’re thinking this: YES, WE BUY! WE ALSO TRADE/BARTER/SWAP. Doing a house cleanout, attic or basement or barn spring cleaning? We’re very interested to know what you have that you’re looking to sell/trade/move on/etc. Trunks of old clothing? Boxes and boxes of records? (Rock, jazz, blues, country, folk, unusual preferred – no classical or easy listening or show tunes, please…..). When in doubt, just drop us an email or give a call: or (845) 688-7868.

Memorial Day Weekend 20% off Sale and start of our 13th season!

May 20th, 2014

It’s coming on up Memorial Day Weekend, the official start of yard sale season and more importantly, the official start of The Mystery Spot’s Lucky 13 season in Phoenicia and more imporantly than that, our annual Memorial Day Weekend 20% off Yee-Haw Vintage Sale!

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! Fill up your tank with unleaded and head straight on up to the very green Catskill Mountains, where you’ll find not only some great tag sales, but Mystery Spot Antiques right smack on Main Street in the glorious little village of Phoenicia, NY.

Seven rooms in a former 1800′s hotel packed with antiques, vintage doo-dads, thousands of vinyl records, and tons and tons of vintage clothing.


Our special holiday weekend hours:

Saturday, May 24:  11 – 6

Sunday, May 25: 11 – 6

Monday, May 26:  11 – 4

(If things are hopping we may even stay open later than posted).

Questions? Have stuff to sell/trade? Coming from a distance? Feel free to call (845-688-7868) or email ( with any queries whatsoever. Hope to see you this weekend!

A Robin’s Tale (aka Miracle on Main Street)

May 20th, 2014

One day a bird’s nest appeared atop the jackalope heads outside

The Mystery Spot in Phoenicia, NY.

Look! Above the jackalopes! It's a bird! It's a plane!'s a bird!

We took a peek inside and found a beautiful blue egg.

Blue blue blue.

Meantime, the robin had inadvertently flown into the shop.

It flew from room to room – first the record room, then the main room, and finally the room where all our bird paintings hang.

We tried and tried to encourage it to fly back out the front door, without success. It would climb onto my finger, but fly away once I moved towards the door.

Fly, robin, fly.

Finally, it flew back outside.

The end? Not quite….

Laura C., who works at the shop, said she saw something in the bird room,

atop a mid-century bookcase.

She thought it could be…an egg?

Was that possible?

It was.

The robin had laid a perfect blue egg on the bookcase in the bird room.


We carefully picked it up with a paper towel and placed it in her nest,

to join the other one already there.

Now Open for Our 13th Season!

April 4th, 2014

Spring has sprung

The grass is riz

I wonder where

The boidies is?

- Ode to Spring as recited to us by our Great-Uncle Harry

Indeed, spring IS here, and Mystery Spot Antiques in Phoenicia is now open for our 13th season!

For now, we’re just open on weekends, but once the summer starts we’ll have expanded days/hours. Please stop on in, meet our wonderful new shopgirl Laura (not to be confused with proprietress Laura, who can usually be found painting away in her Soho pad) and check out all the estate-fresh items we’ve brought in.

Saturdays, 11am – 5pm

Sundays, 11am – 4pm

Pssst! —-> Spring cleaning? Call or email us if you’re downsizing your vintage clothing, record collection, or anything else vintage. Let’s talk!


March 18th, 2014

We’ll be open this weekend (March 22)! First dibs on a winter’s worth of estate-fresh finds!

Saturday, March 22, 2014 11am – 5pm

Sunday, March 23, 2014 11am – 4pm

Then we’ll be open for weekends STARTING APRIL 5 – see ya then!

We’re Still Hibernating

February 18th, 2014

Yes, we’re still hibernating! (After a fun Presidents’ Weekend Sale). But please check back often here and on Facebook as we may open for warm weekends over the Winter before we officially re-open in the Spring. Thank you, everyone, for being the best customers, ever!

Enjoy this photo of beautiful Phoenicia in the snow…..

Davy Crockett guards The Spot.

President’s Weekend 20% off Sale!

February 11th, 2014

Hey Phoenicians! You, coming up to the Catskills! Vintage hunters! Road trippers! Crate diggers! Vintage clothing pickers! Brookyn babies! NYC getaway cars!

We’re briefly coming out of hibernation for ONE WEEKEND ONLY, this upcoming Presidents’ Day Weekend, with a 20% off sale. (Weather permitting). Hope to see all our friends and customers. Lots of estate-fresh goodies to paw through!