This week’s happenings in the Park Street Business District: View Calendar
Congratulations to Park Street Antiques & Collectibles for celebrating their 7th year in business this month!
Located at 1519 Park Street in Alameda, the building has been used as an antique store under several different ownerships for the past 26 years. Today, Park Street Antiques is run by a partnership and co-op with over 20 dealer/vendors that offer a wide-ranging variety of antiques and collectibles. Some of the dealers have been there for more than 15 years.
But the brick building is much older than that — it was built in 1897, most likely as a mercantile.
The immense building has three levels packed with an interesting assortment of antiques and collectibles:
The Main Floor contains a large number of glass display cases that hold every collector’s favorites, from an extensive assortment of vintage jewelry and pocket watches to a collection of vintage postcards, ephemera and other bric-a-brac. You can stroll between aisles and open spaces throughout the floor to find antique lighting and furniture from the Victorian, Art Deco, and Arts & Crafts eras. In addition, there are a number of rooms and alcoves that feature assortments of old tools, classic Schwinn bikes, vintage clocks, and much more. Further back you will find Italian and French collectibles alongside an assortment of other collections, from teacups to polished rocks. There is even a large book room and a new vintage African area.
On the Upper Floor you will find many interesting things from “Kooky Kitsch” and tiki items to Asian collectibles. In one corner of the large room is a fun assortment of vintage clothing (with a dressing room to try on anything you might find) and, in another corner, there is a noteworthy collection of vintage books, magazines, and records. In addition, furniture items from different time periods and different countries can be found in several locations on the second floor.
The Lower Level, with its great exposed architectural supports, features lots of display cases with a countless variety of vintage toys, cameras, papers, Disney collectibles, and Native American items. There is also a special collection of military medals and books. In a large “garden area” you can find old pottery and glass bottles, patio furniture, door hardware, kitchen items, bikes and wagons, architectural stuff, and… yes, more books, magazines, and records.
Park Street Antiques has additional space for rent and they do consignments. So give them a call or stop by if you would like to rent space, consign something, or need someone to do an estate sale.
By the way, admission to the store is free and partners David, Jesse, and Mary assert that your visit is guaranteed to bring back many fond memories of the “good old days,” the grandparents’ house, or that lost item you have been seeking to reclaim.
Here’s a special treat for you… Bring a copy of this article to Park Street Antiques and get 10% off any item over $25 (as long as it’s not marked firm). Also, one or more of the vendors might be having a sale, so be sure to ask about any specials offered on the day of your visit.
Park Street Antiques, 1519 Park Street, (510) 523-0895 or (510) 381-0483
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The Alameda Theatre & Cineplex is celebrating the 80th anniversary of the historic movie palace on Thursday, August 16. The evening program that recreates the 1932 Opening Night Dedication is sold out, but there is an opportunity to tour the historic theatre during the day. The free tours will be given on the hour from Noon to 6:00pm. Sign up in the lobby.
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To learn more about what’s happening in the Park Street Business District, including this week’s calendar highlights, visit our website: www.ShopParkStreet.com/news. You can also find the “Park Street Business Association” on Facebook and Twitter.