Located on the East end of Philadelphia’s famous South Street, C. Neri Antiques and Lighting is a fascinating stop, on a stroll down a street known for its plethora of uncommon shops and restaurants. The unassuming entrance, cluttered with objects seemingly from my grandparents’ attic, begs me to follow the sparkling lights at the end of its arched tunnel.
As an emporium of antique lighting and other treasures, C. Neri overwhelms my visual senses each time I visit. Inside, a winding maze of stacked antiques form walls, oriental rugs layer the floor, and a cloud of dripping crystal chandeliers blots out the ceiling.
The shop is noted for providing America’s largest and most unique collection of antique lights for sale or rent, making for quite a great resource for photography and movie sets. The sheer amount of items makes it easy to forget there are multiple floors.
On the way out I always check the china cabinets near the front door. One is loaded with such reasonably priced vintage jewelry that its hard not to impulse buy.