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351 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121740.687757 -73.986563
Monday To Sunday From 11:00 AM To 06:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Downtown Brooklyn
staff is quite rude, buying is difficult, no prices on the i – They have a large selection on several floors, there are no prices on the items, you have to write the code and then ask the clerk who has to look in a book to tell you, if you are interested in several pieces you have to take pics of the item and then the code otherwise you forget what item is the code for. Some pieces don't have ANY codes! I asked the clerk why they can't put the prices on the items and the answer was rude, they said that's how things are at their store, then he said this store was here for 50 years and it has always worked like this. I told them just because something was a certain way for many years does NOT mean it's good.
Annoying experience, RUDE staff!
Don't believe the good reviews – I wouldn't put it past the guys at Horseman to doctor up some reviews to boost their rankings...all they do is sit at the front of the store behind their computers all day and barely acknowledge your presence when you're there to BUY something.
It's true they have a great selection of items in various conditions, but forget about purchasing them since the prices are insanely high even for retail (and what kind of person that loves vintage and antique items would ever pay retail for anything???).
I went into this store with all intentions of purchasing some furniture for my new home. I came across two small Danish mid-century nightstands that I thought would be perfect, but when I went downstairs to ask the proprietor how much, he said $900....EACH!!! $900 EACH?!? You've got to be kidding me. I said that was way more than I thought they were worth. When he asked me how much I thought they were worth I told him the very fair price of $150 each or both for $250. He literally laughed in my face and told his partner, "Get a load of this guy," and pointed his thumb towards me.
I don't need to be insulted when I'm trying to give someone my business. I would recommend to anyone interested in antiques to STEER CLEAR of this place and instead go to some of the phenomenal flea markets or other antique stores (Junk in Williamsburg has gems every once in a while at phenomenal bargains -- Chelsea flea market also has some great finds, just go and find Ralph).
If you literally use money to wipe your rear end or light cigars with, then this is the place for you. If you have taste and know what something is worth and are even willing to spend retail price on something you really love THEN GO SOMEWHERE ELSE BECAUSE THIS PLACE IS HORRIBLE!!!
Not for the feint of heart – For all the gripers, I feel for you. You got in over your heads. Happens to amateurs all the time in The Big City. Sucks to realize you're not as smart as you thought you were. For people who still love NYC to have eccentric hustlers buying and selling eclectic pieces, Horseman is in a class by itself. The place lies somewhere between junkyard and museum depending on your value system. I'm in the museum camp. You could easily host a dinner party in several different parts of this store and the staff would never know. Just jam packed top to bottom with some really incredible 20th century, industrial and regency furniture. The owner is as classic as his merchandise - a true icon. He's been there before you and he'll be there after you, so keep in mind you are in HIS house. You can negotiate if you have a pocket full of cash and are willing to make a deal RIGHT NOW. I don't blame him. I've been going there for 10 years and I finally bought a coffee table from him. Was it the best dal in the world? No, but I enjoyed the experience immensely and really like the coffee table. When and if Horseman goes away, it will be a true loss to the city and another step toward homogenization. Horseman is the last great vintage furniture warehouse in the city. Period.
Only In NY – This was the strangest shopping experience I have ever had. Ever.
The place is top to bottom filled with incredible pieces. It could take you 20 minutes to go 20 feet. Then you learn that there are more floors both up and down.
The farther up you venture the crazier it gets. Furniture just piled on furniture. At one point I was sure I would turn a corner and find myself in Narnia.
Strangest of all? They don't put prices on the furniture. They put "Catalog" numbers. You take the catalog number to them and they give you a price. Strange because it seems there is nothing that irritates them more than someone asking them "How much is this?".
Despite all of this I was able to find a gem in the mountain. A Danish tambour door credenza of the highest quality & a good price that fits perfectly in my livingroom.
Only In New York. I give it 3 stars.
One star is generous – In the simplest terms - I would not do business with this company again if they had the perfect antique at the perfect price. I'd rather not be specific. In one review area they rebutted the customer complaints. If I never hear from them again, it seriously will be too soon.
Read the other one star reviews. They are not lying. This is a horrible company to do business with.
WOW – Never seen so much mid-century and antiques in one spot. Prices great!!!
Last Great Brooklyn Secret – This felt like the last great secret store in Brooklyn. It's four floors of furniture - antiques and a ton of mid-century modern. They worked out of an old 'black book' of catalogue numbers and prices and were willing to "negotiate" the price, but only if I was "Ready to buy"!. Try that at IKEA. Vintage No Nonsense Brooklyn Style Business . Loved it and love the desk I got. Definitely going back for more. =D
Horrible Rip-Off – So you don't have an experience like ours, don't buy from these guys. The sales staff is decent enough, but the owners are awful. a $700 vintage chair broke the third time we sat on it, within two weeks, and they have declined to replace it or refund it. They kept it for a month "fixing it" and it cracked again as soon as we sat on it. There's nice stuff in this store, but you are better off at a place that will stand behind what they sell, not a place that will rip you off.
Horrible experience. Dont waste your time – Everything here is really overpriced and disorganized.
Staff is really rude and extremely lazy. You have to write down product numbers then go back downstairs through a maze to get pricing. The sales person I dealt with said he was too busy to give me pricing on more than 3 items. I replied sarcastically that he looked really busy (he was sitting on his ass doing nothing.)
He then spent the next 5 minutes backtracking, babbling incoherently then telling me he could give me pricing on anything. They have to go through a huge book to find pricing on each item (computer anyone?) and you end up discovering that every item is extremely overpriced.
This place is a huge waste of time. I wish they would get organized, find good sales people and price their furniture to move. Not surprisingly, everything in there has a thick layer of dust on it. Overall a disgusting and annoying experience.
simply the best – four floors of furniture, all chosen with excellent taste -- the taste is what makes this place different from other large antique furniture stores/warehouses. got one desk and one chair here, and i've been back lots of times since -- even when i'm not sure what i'm looking for, they are happy to take me all around the place to guide me to the pieces that fit my description. this will always be my first stop when looking for something special.
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