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Best Antique Store: Relics at modest prices 

Mixed Pickles Antiques

There's nothing better than a bargain, especially when you feel like you've discovered it personally. Mixed Pickles Antiques in North Berkeley is kind -- or savvy -- enough to indulge this ultimate shopper's fantasy. For one, it sits on a no-man's-land stretch of Shattuck Avenue, wedged between a copy shop and a frame store. If you didn't need to go to either of those businesses, you'd have little reason to walk by. True to its name, Mixed Pickles sells an assortment of desks, beds, nightstands, clothes, cards, jewelry, and dishes, combining good taste with extremely reasonable rates. How about a 1920s dresser in good condition for about $300? At these prices, even Cal undergrads can furnish their dorm rooms in true shabby-chic style. Considering the store's close proximity to the Gourmet Ghetto, Mixed Pickles isn't just a bargain, but a public service.

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