Text and photos by Daniel Efram
For Sharon Jane Smith, her 39 years helping to run the vintage treasure-laden A Repeat Performance until July 2019 (on First Avenue between Ninth and 10th streets) brought her much joy and inspiration. She adored her business partner Beverly Bronson (who died in 2018) and loved the quirky characters who happened across her view at the shop.
Smith lives next door to the former shop and has a beautiful garden teeming with zen fare that friends of the shop would appreciate.
It was wonderful to run into Smith recently and get invited in to tour her apartment, complete with a garden with many tributes to Bronson.
Upon walking through the studio, she points at the window door, which leads to the peaceful setting of stones and bric-a-brac. Village View,” she said. “An astounding collection of stones from the Sahara Desert were in that apartment. How could I turn down that opportunity of a lifetime? I did sell many of those stones because, of course, I have a small apartment, but some worked their way into my garden, where they seemed quite at home. They are the remnants of a culture approximately 6,000 years old with no written language, but the people spoke clearly in their reverence for stone.”
The enthralling setting gave way to her trademark wry wit.
“The spirit of the garden developed over a period of nine years while attending to an elderly gentleman who had scouted me at A Repeat Performance. He watched me work and I watched him get old.”