Wednesday, June 3, 2009
As we have said in previous posts, we have both been to South of South Street before. Throughout these past couple weeks we have been trying to look past the big and obvious picture and take some time to focus on the brushstrokes. South of South is not just South Street and Passyunk Avenue. Just a few steps away are a great number of interesting and unique shops and boutiques.
What we found exceptionally interesting this week was a block of second-hand stores. As scattered as second-hand stores can be, the 500 block of Bainbridge Street puts everything together on one block or so. For a thrift store enthusiast, this is one stop shopping.
There is the Philly Aids Thrift at 514 Bainbridge St. They sell a wide variety of items. From clothes, to toys, to a big box of ties, there’s something for everyone. As with every thrift shop, the prices are cheap and the treasures are varied. It takes some searching but there is almost always something for someone.
Directly across the street is Books and Movies and Music. They have a sign across the top advertising 20th century artifacts. There are VHS (Who would have thought they still existed?) and DVD movies and books from every genre. As we searched through the boxes and boxes of books we found books we have never heard of and even books from our childhoods.
Right next door it would be hard not to find a piece of furniture that could fit into any décor. Although this space did not have a name anywhere in sight, the huge sign that says “Furniture” speaks for itself.
This block stood out to us as soon as we walked through. And right around the corner on Fifth Street is a record store, with shelves and shelves of records. As many people say, it takes some work but you can find some of the greatest treasures in a thrift store. For us, it wasn’t that hard to find this treasure in South of South.
By Emily Heinz and Rebecca Howe—South of South, group 6
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