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Where Trash Becomes Scratch


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Gold and Silver

Global Gold and Silver
30 W. 47th St., nr. Fifth Ave., Ste. 406; 212-575-2975
A retirement home of sorts for mateless gold earrings and cuff links, not to mention that necklace you’ve never worn, Global stands out among diamond-district sellers, publishing rates on its website daily so resellers can wait until the time is right. (The average payout for one pennyweight of 14-karat gold is about $40; $64.95 for 24-karat gold.) While Global mostly melts down pieces, it does hold on to the occasional whopper in the hopes of reselling it.

Recent find:A 2,000-carat blue-topaz stone (no price tag; accepting offers). “It probably belongs in a museum,” says owner Steve Madar. “You don’t see things like this in stores.”

An Entire Apartment’s Worth of Stuff

Artists & Fleas
70 N. 7th St., nr. Wythe Ave., Williamsburg; 917-301-5765
At this recently expanded secondhand mini-mall, it costs $80 per day to rent a six-by-six foot space—a reasonable flat fee if you’ve got a slew of pieces to turn, because you’ll keep all the profit. (Reserve the space for four consecutive days and get a $40 total discount.) Would-be vendors are required to submit an application as well as photos of their sale items for approval at least three weeks in advance, ensuring that the bulk of the market’s merch is in better condition than your average sidewalk-sale loot. Regular vendor Alia Wilson, for example, prices her home goods, which range from vintage house fans to old typewriters, between $40 and $225.

Recent FIND: A vintage 1965 full-body dress form ($225).“It was literally just rolling down Kent Avenue when we found it,” Wilson says. “And it’s gorgeous, worn but not ratty—we get a million compliments a day on it.”


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