117 East 7th Street
NYC, NY, 10009
Strange Cargo has been around for about a year now, and is an exceedingly
cool shop that sells both records and toys.
The record selection is nicely done, with a gothic and industrial section
that puts most stores that have been around much longer to shame. The
sections, while not huge, are diverse and most releases by the bands are
included. The prices of the records are better than average, and the store
sometimes has good sales on the vinyl as well.
The toy selection in the store is eclectic, spanning from vintage to
current shipping Spawn toys and Star Wars. Metal lunchboxes are on
display alongside comic and sci fi related cups and glasses. Loose vintage
Star Wars figures stand proud above carded current ones. In the display
case, Spawn faces Nightmare Before Christmas toys and pencils. The toy
selection is interesting, and varied, though the prices can be high, since
the secondary market for toys is through the roof right now. Nonetheless,
Strange Cargo is a much more reasonably priced alternative to Love Saves
the Day. And the record selection doesn't hurt, either.
Strange Cargo is one of those shops that epitomises the East Village in
one nice little package.
Commentary by Joan Rachel Dennis, Monday, January 12, 1998.
|Photo: Rachel / Models: Carol, Varrick|