Partners Steve Karchin and Gary Kraut may have closed up shop in 2010, but that didn’t stop them from sharing their wonderful treasures with New York City shoppers. Vintage, but unused, is their specialty. Fun finds include pop culture collectibles like comic characters, TV characters, dime store novelties, advertising memorabilia, World's Fair goods,' ‘50s and '60s space toys and books.
Discover vintage finds ike 1960’s never-worn sunglasses, handmade lamps and mid-century modern housewares. Alphaville’s like-new vintage store stock emphasizes design.
Q: How and when did you get started with vending?
A: We began selling at flea markets in 2010 after closing our store.
Q: What did you do before?
A: I was an illustrator/graphic designer. Gary and I opened Alphaville store/gallery on Houston St. in 1994 and we closed in 2010. Gary continues to work at the New York Post.
Q: Has a celebrity ever bought something from you?
A: How much time do you have? Whoopi Goldberg (poster, rings, Christmas items); Susan Sarandon – regular customer; Graham Nash – 3-D lenticular; John Waters – trick snakes; Sean Lennon – 3-D Lenticular; Ethan Hawke – regular customer – many, many items; Paul Rudd – Easy Bake Oven; Fred Schneider of the B52’s – novelties; Harvey Keitel – 3-D Lenticular gift for Robert DeNiro; Laura Linney – poster; Sarah Jessica Parker – beautiful child’s vintage heat motion lamp; Macaulay Culkin – cufflinks; Michelle Williams – Pop Wheels shoes that turn into roller skates; Ted Allen – movie star iron-on; Aaron Sanchez – Twister Game; John Lloyd Young – bought gifts for cast and crew; Mare Winningham – vintage kites for cast and crew; Alan Rickman – Christmas Santa’s Helper; Amy Sedaris – regular customer; Michael Strahan – Garfield mug
Q: What is your favorite market in the world?
Q: Why are you so passionate about markets?
A: Like Gary and I, so many people who frequent the market love and appreciate antiques. Their positive compliments are very, very rewarding.
Q: When you were a kid what did you want to be, and why?
A: I wanted to be an architect (loved Jetsons, futurism, and the World’s Fair), archeologist (loved history and the past) or a movie special effects artist (loved and studied sci-fi movie effects).
Q: Do you have any secret talents?
Q: What guilty pleasure to you have?
A: Watching cheesy ’50s ’60s sci-fi /horror films.