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Five Days a Week of Vintage and Vinyl in Phoenicia

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

Summer hours mystery spot sign 2019 blog

The Mystery Spot’s expanded summer hours are now in effect! We’re open every day except Tues/Wed through Labor Day right here on Main Street in Phoenicia, NY in the beautiful Catskill Mountains. Just look for the giant statue of Davy Crockett and you’ve found us: The Catskills’ Vintage Odditorium.

Our seven rooms in the former Gormley Hotel are packed to the rafters with tons of estate-fresh vintage items with more coming in every week all summer long. We’re determined to clear some of the beauteous bounty out of The Mothership (home base) and into The Spot. Antiques, vinyl records, vintage clothing, antiquarian books, midcentury modern, lighting, kitchenware, oddities and Rusticalia™….the list goes on and on.

As we go through our vintage stock this summer, expect everything from a 1940s blue velvet chrome deco hydraulic barber chair to boxes of framed photographs excavated directly from the personal office of showbiz legend Joe Franklin. Coming in soon: an estate haul of several hundred antique and vintage handbags (or purses or bags or pocketbooks – whichever your term of preference) to dozens of vintage and antique hats. Hundreds of rock, jazz, blues & C+W records, a few armfuls a week when possible. A rack of adorableness overflowing with vintage baby and children’s clothing, with a special emphasis on vintage toddler dresses from the 1950s and 60s. Not to mention two dozen or so Forties & Fifties semi-sheer delicate white blouses. (Already in situ).

Every item is hand-picked by proprietress Laura Levine. We’ve been hunting and gathering mind-blowing vintage treasures all winter long, and they will make their debuts throughout the summer (our 18th season). We promise fresh vintage goodness every week, living up to our motto “Clutter My World.”. Plus, we’re air-conditioned! Hope to see you soon!

Our Summer Hours
Saturday 11am – 6pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm
Monday 11am – 5pm
(Tuesday closed)
(Wednesday closed)
Thursday 11am – 5pm
Friday 11am – 6pm

—> AND… probably later on weekends and holidays, or as the mood or whim strikes….

Our 18th Season in Phoenicia, NY, in the Catskills, USA!

Open for the season! Vintage + Vinyl + Catskills + Phoenicia = The Mystery Spot (Now Open Mondays too!)

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
Our Spring 2019 Hours!

Our Spring 2019 Hours!

Now Open for Our 18th Season in Phoenicia!
Lots of Estate-Fresh Vintage & Vinyl Every Week!
(Weekends only…for now)

Spring has sprung
The grass has riz
I wonder where
The vintage is….?

Look no further! If the historic pear tree alongside The Spot is in full blossom, spring has officially arrived in Phoenicia. Mystery Spot Antiques is now open for the season; and not just any season – it’s our eighteenth year here on Main Street in the mysterious magical hamlet of Phoenicia in the heart of the Catskills.

We plan to be open weekends/holidays only until school lets out; after that, we’ll be open five days a week all summer long.
Spring Hours 2019:

Saturday 11am – 6pm

Sunday 11am – 5pm

Monday 11am – 5pm (NEW!)

Even though our “official” opening is generally Memorial Day Weekend, if you’re one of our devoted followers who reads these things, consider these next few weekends your sneak previews/first dibs for those in the know.

This has been an especially fruitful year in that we purchased tons (literally) from several loaded estates, ranging from a houseful of vintage clothing to some of the contents of Joe Franklin’s legendary office (!). We’ve been cleaning and sorting all winter long, and now we’re ready to share our wares in our seven rooms. We have SO MUCH to bring in, and we will, every week….stacks of vinyl records, racks of vintage clothing, antiques, oddball books, mid-century kitchenware, dozens of pieces of cobalt glassware, Rusticalia, oddities…the usual unpredictable pieces that catch our eye.

Hope to see you this weekend or another weekend real soon!

(As always, please call or email if you’re traveling from a distance to confirm we’re open).

 

Mystery Spot Antiques
72 Main Street
Phoenicia, NY 12464
(845) 688-7868
info@mysteryspotantiques.com

“Just look for the fourteen foot-tall Davy Crockett”

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Open this Presidents’ Weekend in Phoenicia! Vintage vintage vintage!

Saturday, February 16th, 2019

We’ll Be Open this Presidents’ Day Weekend!
Tons of Estate-Fresh Vintage – first peek!
(Then we go back to hibernating until spring).
ALSO: hiring part-time help (weekends/summer/more)

Enter stage right...an admirer checks out our collection of vintage and antique white ironstone china pitchers and basins headed Spotwards this holiday weekend.

Enter stage right…an admirer checks out our collection of vintage and antique white ironstone china pitchers and basins headed Spotwards this holiday weekend.

If it’s Presidents’ Day Weekend, that means Mystery Spot Antiques in beautiful Phoenicia, NY in the heart of the Catskills will briefly awaken from its winter hibernation to open its doors.

We’ve been busy this winter sorting, cleaning and bringing in carloads of recent estate finds. Due to our hibernation, no one has seen them yet! (Save a few sneak peeks on Instagram/Facebook). THIS IS THE WEEKEND! 

Vintage clothing (warm and cozy men’s and women’s winter coats and jackets, all manner of dresses, shirts and skirts, vintage t-shirts, and piles of vintage baby/toddler/girl dresses and rompers), vintage quilts and afghans, vinyl records, Rusticalia, ephemera, vintage Christmas decorations (better late than never!), antiques… seven rooms packed to the rafters. Each and every item is individually selected by us, in compliance with our rigorous set of aesthetic standards. And there will be more coming in every day this holiday weekend!

2019 Presidents’ Weekend hours:

Saturday Feb. 16th (11 – 6)
Sunday  Feb. 17th  (11 – 5)

If you miss us this weekend, fear not! Come this Spring (our 18th year in Phoenicia) we’ll be open every weekend (and most holidays) starting sometime in April; five days a week all summer; then Fall weekends. (Late Spring/early Fall = some Mondays as well).

Which means (CUE SECOND BIG ANNOUNCEMENT) we’re looking for someone enthusiastic, absolutely reliable and with great communication skills for a shop position that also includes managerial responsibilities, starting in April. If you know of the perfect person for this part-time but consistent gig (experienced, stellar work ethic, friendly, creative, trustworthy, organized, and vintage-loving; post-college age or older please), they may email us (no calls) with a resume/cover letter. Preferably someone who’s been here and understands what we’re about. Serious inquiries only.

Mystery Spot Antiques
72 Main Street
Phoenicia, NY 12464
(845) 688-7868
info@mysteryspotantiques.com

“Just look for the fourteen foot-tall Davy Crockett”

20% off EVERYTHING Hibernation Sale! Our last Weekend until Spring!* + we’re HIRING for 2019!

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018
Laura Levine. Lou Reed and John Cale, NYC, 1989, silver gelatin print.

Laura Levine. Lou Reed and John Cale, NYC, 1989, silver gelatin print (left). Typical Mystery Spot album offering (right).

This is it, Mysterious Girls and Boys! Shop now, or forever hold your peace until the daffodils bloom. This Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 24/25) will be our final weekend of the season before we temporarily close our doors for a well-deserved winter hibernation.

The good news? Everything in the shop in all seven rooms – even our prints and paintings! – will be on sale in-store only for 20% off during our pre-Hibernation Sale.

SALE HOURS (weather permitting)
Saturday Nov. 24, 11 – 6
Sunday Nov. 25, 11 – 5

EVERYTHING is 20% off! This includes our paintings, limited edition Songbirds of the Catskills prints and proprietress Laura Levine’s archival fine art pigment prints of her 1980s music photographs (as seen at MoMA and in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery)  – Bjork, The Clash, Madonna, R.E.M., and Tina Weymouth and Grandmaster Flash. Not to mention our seven rooms packed with vintage breakables, vinyl, old books, vintage clothing, antiques, oddities, Rusticalia, and much more. What about those Mystery Spot t-shirts and tote bags, you ask? Also 20% off!

If you’ve had your eye on something previously spotted at The Spot, now would be the time to pounce, be it a treat for yourself or a gift for someone deserving. And yes, it’s also Small Business Saturday!

Throughout the winter we plan to restock The Spot with tons of estate-fresh finds and hope to open for one mystery pop-up weekend per month. (Weather and mood permitting). For example. Presidents’ Day Weekend, et. al.

Even though we’ll be hibernating for most of the winter*, we encourage you to support your neighbors who run local small businesses during this holiday season and all year ’round, be it The Spot or any of the other amazing businesses up here in Phoenicia and the Catskills. As we head into our 18th season, we thank you for your loyal support and fun company this year and every year in Phoenicia.

—> BONUS ANNOUNCEMENT: we’re hiring! We’re looking for someone very special to run The Mystery Spot who “gets” us and loves what we’re about.

Spring/Summer/Fall: hold down the fort on weekends/some Mondays starting in the spring; hopefully the same person (or not) to cover five days a week (Th – Mon) in the summer. Continue into fall weekends, etc. Prefer someone who’s got excellent shopkeeping and managerial skills as well as sales chops and might be in it for the long haul. Perfect gig for a creative freelancer type who has a flexible schedule.

Winter (aka now): we’re looking for someone with up-to-date vintage expertise and enthusiasm to help us prep and price incoming estate pieces (mostly clothing but may also reflect the range of our offerings); a few days a month. Very flexible schedule. OK with cats. (To clarify, we’re not hiring cats, but you’d be working around cats. Only two.).

Both positions require EXPERIENCE, RELIABILITY and EXCELLENT COMMUNICATION SKILLS – vintage knowledge, friendliness and enthusiasm, peak organizational skills, and a serious work ethic. Additional requirements for the shop include retail/in-person customer service experience, great people skills, a sense of humor, creativity and being able to work independently. Mobile device required. Post-college age or older. (Preferably someone who’s been here and understands what we’re about). Compensation commensurate with experience. Please email (don’t call) with a resume and/or relevant work/educational information. Good clear communication skills with both us and our clientele is a must.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

*we hope to open one holiday weekend a month over the winter, perhaps around Christmas, Presidents’ Day Weekend, etc. Please check our social media to confirm.

Images above: we’ve been unearthing some of our special albums (aka vinyl) lately. This original (uncensored) Velvet Underground and Nico has already sold, but may give you an idea of our taste as far as our dedicated Record Room. The portrait of Lou Reed and John Cale was taken by our proprietress, Laura Levine, in 1989, a few months before Songs for Drella was released. It’s currently on exhibit at the Velvet Underground Experience in NYC through the end of December. And yes, we sell Laura’s work both in the shop or it can be shipped. Some of her archival pigment ink prints can be seen here: www.illogator.com/lauralevine (PLEASE NOTE THAT THE 20% OFF SALE ONLY APPLIES TO IN-STORE PURCHASES).

Mystery Spot Antiques
72 Main Street
Phoenicia, NY 12464
(845) 688-7868
info@mysteryspotantiques.com

“Just look for the fourteen foot-tall Davy Crockett”

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Summer Hours in Phoenicia – (sort of)….

Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

Our expanded summer hours start TODAY!  are coming soon! Due to a last-minute staffing issue, for the moment we’re only open on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. We also plan to be open this Wednesday July 4th!). Pretty soon we’ll be open five days a week. Not just yet though. Hopefully very very soon.

Our 2018 Summer Hours

Our Projected 2018 Summer Hours – not just yet however….

We plan to fill our seven rooms with TONS of fresh vintage estate items all summer long: antiques, vinyl, vintage clothing, old books, midcentury modern, lighting, kitchenware, oddities and Rusticalia™….the list goes on and on.

Every item is hand-picked by proprietress Laura Levine. We’ve been hunting and gathering mind-blowing vintage treasures all winter long, and they will make their debuts throughout the summer (our 17th season). We promise fresh vintage goodness every week, living up to our motto “Clutter My World.”. Plus, we’re air-conditioned! Hope to see you soon!

OPEN Saturday: 11 – 6

OPEN Sunday: 11 – 5

OPEN Monday: 11 – 5

(closed Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri for the time being)

+ we’ll be OPEN on Wednesday July 4th, 11 – 5!

—> AND… probably later on weekends and holidays, or as the mood strikes….

Extended Hours Memorial Day Weekend!

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

We’ll be open extra hours for Memorial Day Weekend so you can get your vintage on! Tons of estate-fresh vintage/vinyl and more coming in every day!

 

Saturday 11 – 6

Sunday 11 – 6

Monday 11 – 4

Mystery Spot Antiques is Now Open for Our 17th Season in Phoenicia!

Saturday, May 12th, 2018
 

 

The Pear Tree Outside The Spot in Full Bloom, May 2018

The Pear Tree Outside The Spot in Full Bloom, May 2018


Spring has sprung
The grass has riz

I wonder where
The vintage is….?

Look no further! If the historic pear tree alongside The Spot is in full blossom, spring has officially arrived in Phoenicia. Mystery Spot Antiques is now open for the season; and not just any season – it’s our seventeenth year here on Main Street in the mysterious magical hamlet of Phoenicia in the heart of the Catskills.

We plan to be open weekends/holidays only until school lets out; after that, we’ll be open five days a week all summer long.


Spring Hours 2018:

Saturday 11am – 6pm

Sunday 11am – 5pm

 

Even though our “official” opening is generally Memorial Day Weekend, if you’re one of our devoted followers who reads these things, consider these next few weekends your sneak previews/first dibs for those in the know.

This has been an especially fruitful winter in that we purchased tons (literally) from several loaded estates, ranging from a houseful of untouched vintage clothing to some of the contents of Joe Franklin’s legendary office (!). We’ve been cleaning and sorting all winter long, and now we’re ready to share our wares in our seven rooms. We have SO MUCH to bring in, and we will, every week….stacks of vinyl records, racks of vintage clothing, antiques, oddball books, mid-century kitchenware, Rusticalia, oddities…the usual unpredictable pieces that catch our eye. Does the thought of owning a professionally framed vintage photograph of Joe Franklin chatting with one of his legendary* guests on the set – from his personal collection, carefully extracted from his historic office** – intrigue you? How about three dozen of them? (Prices still TBD and not yet at The Spot). Provenance, baby! What about about dozens of vintage Hawaiian shirts? Or an array of elegant 1950s/60s metallic silver or gold cocktail purses for $20. each?

Hope to see you this weekend or another weekend real soon!

* open to interpretation
** Google it; you won’t be disappointed

Mystery Spot Antiques
72 Main Street
Phoenicia, NY 12464
(845) 688-7868
info@mysteryspotantiques.com

“Just look for the fourteen foot-tall Davy Crockett”

 

 

Open this Presidents’ Weekend in Phoenicia! Vintage vintage vintage!

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018
The Mystery Spot at night from inside the car. Davy Crockett on the right; Brio's neon light in the side mirror. Main Street, Phoenicia, NY

The Mystery Spot at night from inside the car. Davy Crockett on the right; Brio’s neon light in the side mirror. Main Street, Phoenicia, NY, Catskill Mountains

We’ll Be Open this Presidents’ Day Weekend!
Tons of Estate-Fresh Vintage – first peek!
(Then we hibernate some more until spring).
ALSO: hiring part-time help (weekends/summer/more)

If it’s Presidents’ Day Weekend, that means Mystery Spot Antiques in beautiful Phoenicia, NY in the heart of the Catskill Mountains will open its doors for the weekend.

We’ve been super busy this winter buying carloads of estate items, sorting, cleaning and bringing them in. Because we’ve been hibernating, no one has seen them yet! THIS IS THE WEEKEND.

Vintage clothing (winter coats, 60’s leather jackets, wool plaid skirts and trousers, cocktail dresses, vintage t-shirts, fedoras, and denim), vintage purses, vinyl records, antiques, Rusticalia, old books, ephemera, vintage kitchenware…seven rooms packed to the rafters. Each and every item is individually selected by us, in compliance with our rigorous set of aesthetic standards. And there will be more coming in every day this holiday weekend!

Presidents’ Weekend hours:
*
Saturday Feb. 17th (11 – 6)
Sunday  Feb. 18th  (11 – 5)
Monday Feb. 19th (11 – 4)

If you miss us this weekend, fear not! This spring (our 17th season in Phoenicia) we’ll soon be open every weekend (and most holidays) starting sometime in April, then five days a week all summer, then fall weekends, maybe with some Mondays thrown in, etc.

Which means (CUE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT) we’re looking for someone very special and super reliable to join the Mystery Spot team. We’re interviewing candidates for a very responsible shop position that starts in April. If you know of the perfect person for this part-time but consistent gig (reliable, experienced, friendly, creative, trustworthy, organized, and vintage-loving; post-college age or older please), they may email us with a resume and/or some relevant info about themselves. Preferably someone who’s been here and understands what we’re about. Serious inquiries only.

*(If the weather looks iffy, please send us an email or call to confirm we’re open).

Vintage 20% Hibernation Sale + final weekend until spring + more!

Saturday, November 18th, 2017
Yup, it's all headed to The Spot (eventually).

Yup, it’s all headed to The Spot (eventually).

This is it! The Big One! Mystery Spot Antiques in Phoenicia is having an end-of-season 20% off vintage/vinyl/everything sale this weekend (all 7 rooms!) before hibernating for the winter. Check our FB/IG over the winter for occasional pop-up holiday weekends until we return in the spring for our 17th year in the Catskills.

Thank you for another wonderful season, for supporting us and our fellow local businesses, and for being so friendly, cool and interesting!

P.S.: we’re hiring – see attached.

P.P.S. the vintage clothing in this photo is not yet at the shop, but some of our favorites are!

Read our announcement!

Our Fall Hours!

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017
Our Fall Hours

Our Fall Hours

The Mystery Spot’s new Fall Hours start this weekend. The leaves are still luscious, verdant and green, but soon enough they shall be peaking….!  Come on up to Phoenica for the last taste of summer, or a leaf-peeping antiquing thrifting crate-digging vintage-shopping weekend in the Catskills!

Saturday 11am – 5pm

Sunday 11am – 4pm

+ Columbus Day

We plan to then take a winter break, though we’ll open our doors now and then for the occasional pop-up how-dee-do! (Join our mailing list if you want to be in the loop).