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Antiquing in the West Bottoms

The West Bottoms antique scene has officially exploded. On the first Friday and Saturday of every month, a cluster of vintage stores — including Good Juju, Bottoms Up, Liberty Belle, Re-Runs and Bella Patina — pop up inside old warehouses around 12th Street and Hickory. Treasure-seeking women swarm the area, sucked in by the irresistible thrill of finding Cute Things: midcentury chairs, vanity tables, vintage brooches and oh-my-God, look-at-the-apple-painted-on-that-old-water-pitcher! water pitchers. The setting also provides low-pressure opportunities for interaction. You can walk up and stand right next to a woman, and it doesn't seem that weird: You're just interested in that old gas-station sign in front of her. Toss off a clever observation (there is plenty around for you to observe), deliver it with just enough confidence and you're off to the races. Even better is that most of the other men in the building are either gay or have been dragged there by their wives or girlfriends. Why are you there? Just looking for a desk. Those old Playboy issues? You do not see those.

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