for those of you into unique, somewhat quirky antique jewelry, erie basin out in red hook (as part of my favorite shopping row) is the place to go. a small intimate shop with lots of glass containers filled with treasures. i was enamored with these old safety pins — not sure what i would do with them but fun nonetheless.
the owner of the shop, russell whitmore, has an eclectic collecting habit and travels all over the place hunting for his favorite things. with a focus mostly on 19th and early 20th century jewelry, he has a wide range of brooches, pins, rings (a great selection of simple but beautiful engagement rings) and earrings. there are cameo rings from the 1880s, masonic banded agate charms from the 1890s and art deco glass necklaces from the 1920s.
erie basin also has lots of other knicknacks like vintage bottles (a real obsession of mine these days), old keys, some furniture and apparently he just got a 1920s stuffed pet parrot as well as a stuffed tiger. erie basin is an easy place to get lost for an hour. it’s somewhat dark and mysterious in there — it’s a place filled with glittery baubles from another age and other unexpected finds full of distractions from the every day. erie basin, 388 van brunt street at dikeman street, brooklyn, new york, 718.554.6147.