Inside the store, started by my grandfather – Sam Reznik, who like most refugees, had very little money. He was a peddler, and he sold buttons, thread, needles, and clothes. Reznik’s bought out stores that were going out of business, and were able to pass the closeout bargains to their customers. It was the Depression, and not a time for extra expenses. As you can see in the painting, Reznik’s was filled with clothes, oil cloth, cut-to-order window shades, brassieres, umbrellas, work gloves, overalls, house dresses, children’s clothes, diapers, sheets and more! Clothes hung from the ceiling. My grandfather thought that if people didn’t see something, they would assume he didn’t have it. It may have seemed like a jumble to people but my grandfather, father and uncle knew where everything could be found. They also knew the prices by heart even though they were not usually marked. My father loved when they bought closeouts that had high price tags on them so he could prove what a bargain customers were getting at Reznik’s. If anyone wanted to try on something, they used the bathroom in the middle of the store. It, too, was full of boxes and had a small mirror.
Fine Art, Giclee Print on Canvas, 16 x 20 in.
Each painting is custom made as orders are received. They arrive ready to hang.
The original painting of this print has been sold. Original media: Acrylic on Canvas, original size 30″ x 40″.
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Blumenfeld does a great job of conveying the cramped beauty and warmth of the old Logan Street Reznik’s dry goods store. The store was heated by a single pot- bellied coal stove.