April 13, 2014

Bargains to be had at Mid-Century Mad

PLATTSBURGH — Find out what can be had at Mid-Century Mad.

Owner Shelley Fracalossi opened Mid-Century Mad Vintage Variety at 12 Brinkerhoff St. in October 2012. She tries to focus on quirky items from the 1950s  through ‘70s, but isn’t limited to that era.

Fracalossi said she has always loved unique, one-of-a-kind and even slightly off-beat pieces.

“I get to express my creativity through the stuff I buy,” she said. “If I don’t like it, I won’t buy it, no matter how much it’s worth.”


There is a large display of art works on the walls, priced from $25 to $200. 

The jewelry case is also well stocked with handmade jewelry and even contains some of her own creations. 

Fracalossi has a few pieces of mid-century furniture, and is always looking for more. She tries to put a number of very colorful items in the two display windows that face Brinkerhoff Street.

Glassware and ceramic pieces are scattered throughout. There is even a collection of vintage radios.

A pair of his and hers Lord Elgin gold-plated watches have yet to go on display. They are still running and keep perfect time, Fracalossi said.

“How do you price something like that?” she asked.

People seem to be more interested in buying vintage goods these days, Fracalossi said, in part due to the changing economic times. It also helps that everybody loves shopping for a bargain.

The shop has a fairly constant turnover, with most items on display for six months or less.

Fracalossi has long enjoyed the antique and collectibles business. She grew up in the Town of Plattsburgh and enjoyed scavenging for “treasures” as a child. 

She got even more involved in searching for antiques and collectibles as she and her husband were building their cabin in the 1970s. That led Fracalossi to read up on antiquing and eventually open Trinity Park Antiques. 

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