Mike Anest, the owner, who is well-known as "Mike the Junk Man" also has a warehouse across the street, so if you are looking for something in particular that might not be in the store, he can usually locate it for you.
Wandering in, I noticed a great piano bench that was the perfect size for a spot at the foot of my bed. $10. Can't beat it. I proceeded inside and looked around. Mike and his wife were working in the store that day. We all talked, catching up on the things that have gone on in our lives since we'd last seen each other. I found a bunch of Christmas gifts (can't list them here, since some of the gift recipients are readers) and this really amazing watercolor (the nude, below).
|Untitled and unsigned. Too beautiful.|
I am guessing it's 8" x 8". It was in loosely wrapped in plastic, and the plastic was held closed with masking tape. It was done on thick paper, and unevenly cut. On the back of the paper was another watercolor painting (a landscape). It wasn't framed. Mike threw it in for me, literally, for free.
I left with two pieces of furniture -- the piano bench and a big wooden box with markings that indicate that it used to hold bombs at Picatinny Arsenal back in the 40s. I am using it in my office to store recycling, gifts, and boxes of photos. It's about 5' long and about 24" high. In addition, I got a few gifts, and eyeballed a few more things (just waiting to find out who I get in this year's secret Santa) and while I love everything that I bought, this nude is my favorite. It's so graceful, and the way that her hair is painted up in a chignon, I'm almost waiting for it to fall down her back. Lovely.
Another Man's Treasures is located on Myrtle Avenue in Historic Boonton, NJ (973) 299-0883.