Billy's Antiques & Props

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    A carnival of vintage finds: Despite the name, Billy's Antiques & Props is more a peddler of junk than a pedigreed furniture vendor. The pair of tents on Houston Street overflow with an eclectic mix of goods, which on a recent visit included a tray of glass eyes, a cache of subway signs, a painting of an angry poodle and a mummy's coffin, not to mention usual flea market fare like piles of costume jewelry and a sidewalk full of old furniture. The truly budget-conscience might balk at some of Billy's prices, but for the most part, the prices are moderate...

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    ($35 might seem like a lot for a used mirror, but compared to most SoHo shops, Billy’s prices may start to seem like downright bargains.)

    Ugly novelties aside, the merchandise at Billy's tends to have classic, handsome lines—think 1940s office chairs and solid oak dressers. In addition to the colorful wares, the staff is a sassy, salty bunch. As promised, on Billy's website, “This ain't Crate & Barrel.”

    - Laura Fenton

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