A blog about Hudson, New York

Let’s Get Lost





There are stores in Hudson that bring back (false recalled?)  memories of a (not that much) earlier time, seemingly hapless spaces in which you can wander alone to find some photo portrait of Fred Astaire, an  Eva Zeisel tear drop veggie bowl, Glidden pottery plate or some hot- looking yet brand -nameless modernist desk lamp that may end up forming the basis of an entire new collecting obsession. (Or maybe not – no biggie). A few Warren Street examples at different levels of the brow come to mind: Warren Street AntiquesCarousel,  Mark’s Antiques and Larry’s Back Room, and  Regan and Smith,  its huge new space divided into a rabbit’s warren of uber-stylish vignettes you can hide behind. Of all of these my current favorite is Verso  (530 Warren Street, 518 822-8227), Harold Hanson’s repository of this and that, piled up on tables here and there. On a recent visit I came upon all four of the above-mentioned objects (Zeisel, Glidden, Astaire photo, desk lamp) while a friend of mine found a lovely Orrefors crystal  bowl whose label was intact.  While hanging and chatting, I stumpled  upon a Von Nessen swivel lamp in pristine condition, crammed into a corner table of smalls.  And then there’s Harold himself,  a former media mogul,  now sedately sedentary off to the side,  a refreshingly nimble-witted, wise and unbitter watchkeeper of it all. He wants it to be known that he can be depended upon to open the store five days a week (every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays), promptly at 11a.m.  –Scott Baldinger


2 Responses to Let’s Get Lost

  1. Nice piece, Scott. There were a lot more shops in town along these lines when I bought my first house in early 1998. Dean(o) Melino’s Ecclectables, Richard Tanner’s the WatNot Shop, [Something] Americana, etc. (Also at the time, Keystone was focused more on architectural salvage.)

    These shops featured more of the “first generation” picks, for lack of a better term… By that I mean the first stop in an antiques store after it was found at a tag or estate sale, country auction, grandma’s attic, demolition site, etc. There were fewer “listed” antiques whose price you could look up on eBay or in auction records, and more “decorative effects” (in the dismissive term used by a MOMA alum, who at the time wished Hudson had more “real” antiques; he got his wish).

    The pricepoints (sorry, another clumsy term) for this stuff was lower, and you could watch items migrate from Deano’s or Mark’s or wherever from window to window of the 2G and 3G and 4G shops, the price steadily increasing, until a Manhattan decorator discovered it at the bargain price of 10x where it started.

    With the Armory cleared out, there is less of this stuff in town than ever, though no shortage at all of antiques… I do think that the perceived diminishment of decorator traffic coincided in the last decade with the loss of some of these 1G (Antiques 1.0?) shops, and the inching up in prices to Manhattan levels.

    The antique trade locally has continued to fluorish, but on different terms, with internet sales allowing more dealers to offer higher-priced items and hold onto them longer to get that higher price, rather than relying on volume sales of more moderately-priced items fresh from an about-to-be-demolished hotel or Washington County yardsale.

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