Thu-Tue, noon-9pm; Wed, closed
G at Greenpoint Ave.
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Mark Straiton—a sometime-DJ who goes by Cowboy Mark—and girlfriend Mary Brockman fell into the antiques business through a quirky pet project. What started as a good deed—helping an older man in Montana sell the lamps, tables, and chandeliers that he fashioned out of antlers—grew into this eccentric Greenpoint shop, opened in 2008. The pair takes regular road trips to places like Detroit and Buffalo, hunting for Industrial Revolution-era knickknacks, vintage clothing, and anything "rusty or dead," as Straiton puts it (which encompasses jewelry, skulls, taxidermy, and housewares galore). The items in the curious stock are displayed on weathered, handmade wooden shelves and are united only by their shared oddity: 1930s neon signs, Victorian bedposts, bolo ties, 10 cent candy, and all natural catnip-based soap made by "Waikoloa Bob" (Brockman's dad) purported to repel insects. The front room is dedicated to housewares and sundry items, while the back room displays vintage clothing—particularly tattered denim, vintage workwear, and military garb from WWII and earlier. True to the store's origin, the pair prominently displays piles of variously-sized antlers on a table up front, available individually or by the pound.