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The Serendipity Shoppe

Some people consider thrifting an art. Others consider it a sort of sport. People who love to thrift just can’t get enough of it, spending countless hours sifting through racks of clothing, shelves of kitchen ware, and aisles of furniture.

While thrifting through endless arrays of items can be considered fun for some, others like to know that they don’t have to weed through the junk to get to the prized find. That’s where Serendipity Shoppe comes in. The shop, formerly located on Elmwood, is now set up in a quaint corner storefront on Amherst Street. Inside, browsers will find a number of rooms chock full of a mixed bag of items ranging from DVDs to Chinaware to antique chairs. Some of the rooms are organized according to select categories, while other rooms boast arranged vignettes.


If you’re wondering what was formerly occupying this corner in Black Rock, think back to the days of Crozoo. Yes, it was an exotic pet store. The building was purchased by Matt Sabuda, who spent a lot of time painstakingly taking the interior from a rank-smelling pet emporium to a bright, clean, country-ish looking store. Even the outside of the building has been spruced up into a much more welcoming commercial corner.

The Serendipity Shoppe is run by the Buffalo AIDS Plus Fund of WNY, a non-profit that works toward helping those afflicted with the AIDS/HIV virus. The business is staffed by volunteers who want to make a difference in the community. You can learn more about the generous efforts of the operators and their mission by visiting You can also browse some of the merchandise by visiting their Facebook page.

The Serendipity Shoppe | 497 Amherst Street | Buffalo, New York | (716) 248-0232 | Also see Buffalo Gay Bingo on Facebook


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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