Best Of 2001

Best Secondhand Furniture: Cosmic Collectibles

Who wants to pay big-ass prices for Granny's old chair, even if it is upholstered in a fabulous navy blue and fuchsia plaid? Not us! That's why this one-woman operation is such a find. Actually, we'd rather not even tell you about it, because we don't want you to buy up all the mod wall clocks and vintage barware before we get there. Though you might not find what you didn't know you were looking for the first time, repeated visits to Robin Sweeney's shop are sure to reap rewards. We found an aluminum Christmas tree with its original box for 30 bucks (a similar make was -- gulp -- $80 at a high-profile secondhand store) and a red 1950s kitchen table and matching chrome chairs in good condition for $150.