Showing posts from 2011


Wedding gifts are always a problem for some people. In 30 yrs of Galleria'sexistence ,I, have, heard it all but I'm sure there is room for more.
He's Jewish- she is not
She's Jewish- he is not
I want to give them something they can both use.
I do not know what their new place looks like . I don't want to carry anything on the plane -train-or subway . They have everything -already.
The registry is boring-too expensive$$$ - or, from a place I do not like
Do Same Sex couples get the same kinda stuff I get my hetro friends?
She's my best friend and I hate him.
Is it tacky to share a gift with someone else?
I'm unemployed but don't want my gift to express that.
Can they return it without knowing how much I spent?
How long do they have to return this gift ? and do they need the receipt?
Can I pay 1/2 in cash and 1/2 by credit card so my spouse does not know how much I'm really spending????
I wish people who have come here for my wedding gift ,rather, than some on-l…


I was at Pride Shabbat-@Congregation BeitSimchat Torah on 28th street to hear Cynthia Nixon give a message of love and accomplishment to all the organizations that stopped fighting long enough to pull together and help Gov. Cuomo get MARRIAGE EQUALITY passed.I was so moved that I found myself crying, singing, and then crying some more. I got home just in time to hear the words " The billed has passed"
Jesus and I ran over to the west village and were met by 300 dancing and cheering straight and gay people. Standing in front of STONEWALL where it all began was where I wanted to be.
While I hugged Jesus tightly I noticed--- 39 Christopher street . That was where the first J.Antonio was for 10 yrs. As a, very, tall, young, man handed us a flower each, the memories of all the years (1979-1989) flew by me. The opening of THE MONSTER-Shasha, Marsha the STREET DRAG, Rollerrina, Greetings- the card shop, New York Leather, The Pink Tea Cup, etc etc.
Jose Antonio & I (20yrs toget…

MADE IN U.S.A. ????????????

I continue to sell, showcase, and encourage American Crafter to show work to my friends and customers @ Galleria J. Antonio- Does it sell? Will it fit ? Will someone steal my idea?
What's important is to regurgitate the idea and project. Put it out there and don't worry about the results. Move through it and onto the next creation of your creativity
This 4Th of July 2011--I had tourist that were glad to obtain an American made product. Or a product designed by an American Artist and mass produced to meet the Wal-Mart mentality of clients.
I say that with an idea of affordability- rather than sarcasm . It is a tough economy and clients want to be able to afford items , rather , than overreach their budgets.
I enjoy knowing that this week-end visitor's from- Germany, Thailand, and Australia bought Sandy Baker earrings N.Y.C. , Donald M. (Boston) Stained glass mini-mirrors - and a Galleria J.Antonio WATCH . NYC
The made in U.S.A. products are always going to be up against a…



Green Amythest and Peridot necklace by Joni Sarah White N.Y.C.

is it ELITIST to expect people to pay for HANDMADE?

It is safe to say that as goods become more disposable, demand, for craftspeople have shrunk??. Shoes, bags, furnishings ,and paper ect ect On line -off line- 99c shops- Wal-mart, and other discounters have made it easier to replace rather than repair.
To sell cheap goods companies engage in unfair labor, and who knows where you bargain were born???? . Also, we have been taught to look for a bargain , for everything , so goggle and eBay help us feel we have landed a bargain.
At what real cost??????????????? when our shops and neighbor's disappear. Tax revenues shrink and we got a bargain.

What about a balance of bargains and buying local and handmade. ??????

Galleria J Antonio, like many retailers of goods are up against the cheap look alike of our creativity. Its been like that for the
30 yrs Ive been in existence. Quality, Service ,and unique always live up to the clients expectation of letting some cash go for an item.

Some crafters have added commercial pieces to their lines…

Galleria J.Antonio has its own WATCH line

I started selling watches in 1972 at a place called J.J.Elway on Fifth Ave & 42nd street -Its now called -DECO nyc
Quartz was the rage and our Pulsars and Longines lines were popular.
Then I moved on to : Tiffany & Co - Gindi Madison Ave - J.Antonio Christopher St -The Watch Doctor ,Seattle Wa
Time Will Tell Madison Ave ( Stuart Unger) SWATCH 57th st ( I WAS DR. SWATCH ) What fun I had!!!
and then after Graduation from N.A.W.C.C. (National Assoc. of Watch & Clock Collectors) to my present location at Galleria J.Antonio

I have always had sketches and ideas of having my own watch line in an already crowded WORLD OF WATCHES.
I felt no one would buy my watches, if lines like INVICTA sold thousands of units to Americana's on T.V. and every major line had its own store.

I was wrong. That kind of - Google-EBAY-overexposure of product- discounted lines and confusion makes a perfect place for my own private line of watches.
I am not a celebrity or an overexposed person …


I have been down here for a long time and the one thing everyone complains about is the ever changing change of the neighborhood.
East village, alaphet city , lower east side , Loisada anywhow you look at it we are still going through changes.

Did anyone see me on Channel 11 pix? The new venue accros the street that is part of Saturday Night Live-- Loren Michaels Upright Citizens Brigade. ----- is opening up a comedy club. The sign HOT CHICKS ROOM was the issue and when they asked me on camera I said that the sign was a target for the tagers to cross out the CH and fill it in with a BIG BLACK D . It would be an easy target for a tager to make a name for him or herself -on the avenue.

One thing is still true The Crafts that are here at Galleria J.Antonio are still in demand as gifts and treasures. I am always having people ask me "When did you Open" I never saw this place before. That gives me another chance to make a friend or customer.

If you have not had…