Village Vanguard is a nationwide chain store selling crazy knicknacks.
It advertises itself as an “exciting bookstore“…
But they have books, CDs and bags, food, cameras and so much more.
Most importantly it’s full of novelty items and designs for almost anything.
It feels like you’ll knock everything over at any point – they cram so much into these tiny stores.
Often you’ll be served by a young staff member with tattoos and piercings; it feels like stepping into a hipster heaven.
It also has a homey feel with handwritten signs and recommendations.