Shopper's Diary: Paxton Gate by

Issue 6 · Wire & Metallics · February 4, 2008

Shopper's Diary: Paxton Gate

Issue 6 · Wire & Metallics · February 4, 2008

San Francisco garden/curiosity store Paxton Gate specialized in slightly macabre wares before the whole skull/death motif went mainstream. It's the go-to place for mounted butterflies, moths, tarantulas; taxidermy jackaloupe and mice; sea urchins and starfish. They also carry gardening tools and odds and ends such as bell jars, journals, jewelery. Well worth a visit if you are in SF; otherwise go to

Below: Ostrich eggs; $33 each:


Below: Mounted walking stick moth; $82:


Below: Sputnik sea urchins; $6.50 each:


Below: Fish skeleton on wooden base; $39:


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