Winter break is always a wonderful period where I have no sense of time. Part of this eschewed sense of time, though, is due to the fact that everyone tends to leave their holiday decorations up till past New Year’s. This year in particular, I didn’t realize New Year’s Eve had arrived until about 10 o clock in the morning when I suddenly figured that maybe I should make some plans.
Today turned out to be such a nice ending to the year. I had brunch at Sant Ambroeus over on West 4th in The Village. I had apple cinnamon pancakes with honey syrup and let me just tell you they were some of the best pancakes I’ve ever had. The second they arrived at our table, the entire room was redolent with apple cinnamon-y goodness. If I had my own perfume I would want it to smell like that. While I was having this scrumptious meal, I spotted Lou Reed who was sitting directly right in front of us!!!
Sant Ambroeus; 259 West 4th Street, New York, NY; 212-604-9254.
After doing some essential cookware shopping and being more than mildly starstruck by Lou Reed, I went to Monk Thrift Shop. Nestled right off of 8th street, it’s a wonder that Monk has managed to stay relatively undiscovered over the years. The first thing I notice when walking into Monk is the intense incense smell, which wafts all the way up to the clever ceiling fixtures—that is, the entire ceiling decoupaged in old records for sale. Below the records are racks and racks of clothes—the same racks where today I found a collared sweater for $30 with embroidered ice skaters all over it. There are also lots of cute hand-drawn signs all around the store that add to the fun, kitschy vibe. Although it’s on the pricier side for thrift, one of these signs mention getting 25% off when you donate, which is always good.
A Safari Mickey Mouse backpack, you now know you need.
Is a safe way to judge if a thrift store is legit by whether or not they have , had, or ever will have Troll merchandise?
Monk Thrift Shop; 175 MacDougal Street, New York, NY; 212-533-0553.
And, now, a series of photos where my hands look really awkward…
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