“I don’t shop for a living, I WORK”, volume 4

For background on this hilarious title see volume 1.


I think we all know that there is nothing more tempting or powerful onstage than a good old cabinet of curiosities. Macabre, theatrical, mildly historical, the Victorian love of taxidermy, maps, and thing in jars is suitable to almost any script. Believe me, I’ve done it:

Anyways, luckily for us, theres an entire store in Soho devoted to such objects. Evolution Nature Store sells everything from tiny bugs in resin as necklaces, to full sale taxidermied animals and rare fossils. Great for the holiday season.

The first floor is primarily devoted to tiny souvenir-like objects and tchotzkes, (if you ask me, a raccoon penis bone is just about the best stocking stuffer ever), and then the top floor features cases of more valuable taxidermy etc.

Props-wise, its not great for those of us working on a budget (aside from the great cheap display cases which will save you time), but the staff is super-friendly and helpful about mounting techniques and the like. PLUS the top floor has AMAZING books and is great for research. And its just a pleasure to go there and have a beautiful tattooed lady give you dead animals with a smile. Stop by, its a perfect Saturday outing.


About meredithries

Meredith is a set designer living in Brooklyn, NY. See her work at: www.meredithries.com This is a repurposed old blog. Because continuity is important. Malaprop is a malapropism
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One Response to “I don’t shop for a living, I WORK”, volume 4

  1. Cate-lynn says:

    I will be in NY at the end of March, I DEMAND a tour of such wondrous places featured in this blog.

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