that the economy is steamrolling straight to hell in a hand basket and focus instead on happier thoughts like my favorite compound of junk shops! located in Auburn, NY, situated next door to Auburn Prison, the site of the first execution via electric chair (a Stickley by the way).
shall we then?
the beautiful facade...
the old, leaky, creaky, and stinky former factory building houses 3 separate businesses filling 3 floors. inside you will find anything and I mean anything (including the kitchen sink) in various stages of decay and disrepair; lamps, luggage, chairs, clothes... etc. and everything seems to be priced either $15 or $20.
and the ugliest/comfiest couch EVAH!
the place is run by a collection of rough and scruffy gentlemen who might cause a fright, but in actuality are quite sweet and accommodating.
behind and to the right of this building, nestled snug up against the prison's outer wall, is another shop, this one classified "antiques." it basically has the same selection as the other shops, just slightly less decrepit and slightly more expensive.
so, irregardless of our country's finances, places like this will still exist and I will still be shopping there.