23 8th Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1001440.737883 -74.004627
Neighborhoods: West Village, Downtown
Gift shops massive inventory includes cookie jars, imported English teapots, steins and mugs, Disneyana, extensive collection of Winnie the Pooh and Betty Boop, Curious George, Wallace and Grommit, Felix the Cat, Gumby, and Alice in Wonderland-related gift items. Also, imported English chess sets, phrenology heads, and tarot cards.
Natural history items include fossil trilobites, exotic tropical butterflies, ostrich eggs, authentic dinosaur teeth, and amber jewelry. You can also find an extensive collection of Day of the Dead figures and gift items from Peru and Mexico. Indonesian skull boxes, skeletal figures, and bronze sculptures. Gargoyles and other museum reproductions. Amazing fossil ivory carvings from Bali, plus mechanical gizmos including wood automatons, music boxes, and tin toys. Also find gift boxes, handmade cards, frameable art cards, vintage cards and photographs.
I'm glad this shop is there - interesting selection - but its prices on cards are out of sight. Try $5-6 for a relatively average card (i.e., no pop-ups or audio). Fortunately, a card is a low ticket item.
Editorial Review – Exotic gifts featuring dinosaur teeth, collectible teapots and worldwide folk art. Also sells handmade and imported greeting cards.
Best card shop in the city – When you want to send something a bit more distinctive than a generic Hallmark card, come to House of Cards and Curiosities for thousands of handmade, beautifully designed cards and other quirky knicknacks. While some cards quite elaborate and pricey, they have a full range of budget cards, too.
quirky – There's definitely a vision to this store, which holds nicely designed thank-you notes and wrapping paper in addition to animal bone fossils and snazzy pocketknives. The service is sometimes a bit reserved or surly-seeming, oddly enough, but that just adds to the unusual texture.
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