shopping 02.24.12

Kaufmann Mercantile
the skint

Kaufmann Mercantile is a store—curated, digital—based in Brooklyn, started by German-born Sebastian Kaufmann. It is a rare place on the web where we want to buy every single item we see.

We no longer question whether we need an eraser brush, a magnesium fire starter, Spanish lace pins, or wooden snowshoes. What Kaufmann Mercantile sells is utility and beauty, the old-fashioned virtue of the well-made, an itch-scratcher for anti-bling. It's a general store, as they say, for "products that will outlast you." We're smitten, can you tell?

Here are some of the items currently on offer.

Juniper Ridge Organic Soap

Ballistol Oil Rust Eraser & Oil

Every Day Carry Kit

Tomr's Tonic

Chemex Handblown Coffeemaker

Colored Craft & Marking Tape

Skidmore's Restoration Cream

Hudson Valley Heirloom Seeds

Merchant & Mills Sewing Notions Set

Cast Iron Tealight Tree Torch

skint - adj. british slang (1930-35)
lacking funds, broke, bust, stone-broke, impecunious

Around town this weekend, courtesy of the skint: a daily listing of free and cheap things to buy, see, do and eat in New York.

fri 7am-7pm (thru 2/27): thank your agent, spouse, and higher power of choice while you have your photo taken with an actual oscar statuette at the 'meet the oscars' exhibition. grand central's vanderbilt hall, free.

fri 6-9pm (thru 2/26): browse rare first editions from every genre under the sun at the 33rd annual greenwich village antiquarian book fair. ps3, $5-12.

sat 2pm: 14 competitors throw their wings into the ring for the third annual best wings in brooklyn competition at greenpoint's red star, totally free!

sat 7pm-midnight: monthly jazz-age party wit's end celebrates its third anniversary with a gin tasting and live hot jazz and gutbucket blues from the hot sardines. vintage attire req'd, free dance lessons @ 8:30pm. flute, $12.

sun: our skint picks for where to watch the academy awards:
the bell house
brooklyn winery
coney island
joe's pub
tammany hall

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