February 2021 by K N
My experience with the man was pretty alright. I talked him down a little on a bubbler, hes very friendly. I would recommend a visit if you're interested AT ALL.
December 2020 by Emalie Rose
I wouldn't even give it 1 star. Ive tried multiple times in the last 2 years to visit this shop. The owner NEVER seems to want to open. From the reviews and what ive heard im all set it seems not worth my time anymore anyways. Update your business hours!!!!
July 2019 by David M.
Ali Shaffi is the best and his store is unique. I have bought lots there over the years with no problems David
May 2019 by Bryan S.
The guy who runs the place is nice, but: know what something should cost before buying for the higher price it does cost at Hidden Treasures.
May 2019 by Hunter Feeney
Lots of nice knick knacks to find: as long as you know what you're going into its a nice little store. The store owner haggles a bit and may seem surprising at first, but he is a great guy. As long as you keep your expectations reasonable, price radar sharp and like talking or haggling with shopowners its a great store to visit.
March 2019 by Milla Pacheco
Hes an older man. He may come off as just a nice old man but don't be fooled, that man is acon artist. Sold me a fake Amber necklace earlier this week which turned out to be just plastic for SIXTY DOLLARS. I called the number on the side of his store to ask when he would be there but he got suspicious and knew I would be coming back so he stopped showing up. The store next to him said he doesn't have regular hours he just comes in whenever he wants but he hasn't heard the last of me
March 2019 by Avonell Cook
Walking in on the shopkeeper enjoying porn is not the best impression.
March 2019 by Alex Mindola
Such a nice man don't know why his rating is low
September 2017 by Colin W.
This place is strange. The man who runs it is very kind and friendly (maybe because I am white... I've read the other reviews where race played a role in treatment), but it is literally never open when I am there. In my four years at university, I had only seen it open a handful of times, and I frequented Harvard Square. He sold me a ring once for I believe $20, and it turned my finger green. If you're selling a ring for so much, it better be real silver. I bought a stainless steel ring once from Brimfield Antique Market for $5. I'd opt out of this place.
October 2016 by Natasha M.
As a longtime local, I have noticed a huge discrepancy over how differently the store owner treats customers of different ages. When I came in here over a decade ago as a 17 or 18 year old goth kid, he was rude and dismissive of my friends and me and wouldn't let us browse and basically asked us to leave just because we were looking at everything, basically gave us the "buy something or leave" treatment. I'm 31 now and I went back in the past year and he was suddenly nice to me and wanted to show me everything and convince me to buy stuff. I read a previous review on here that mentioned racism. Apparently he's ageist too. Lovely.
June 2015 by Maria S.
I walked in the store to browse. I am Latina and a white couple was in my way as I tried to look at merchandise. They attempted to mive aside but the older man waiting on them told them to stay exactY where they were. This happened again and I left the store. I found myself very upset and went in again when the couple was gone. I explained to the man I had hoped to look at merchandise but the couple had been in my way. I asked to see things from Africa and he said everything was from Morocco. I intentionally tried to be restrained and polite. He then said I had to leave since he had to go to lunch. I asked when he would be back since I wanted to shop. He said he was gone for the day. I asked about Sunday. No. They were closed. Monday. No good. Tuesday or wednesday? They do not have regular hours. I asked if he did not want me in his store! He glared at me saying I was there and touched "everything in my store"! That was absurd. I said he seemed racist. He told me I should not say that. We had unpleasant words in the hallway and he locked the door. He had eyed me suspiciously from the time I entered the store. He was rude and darn right paranoid with me" why are you asking me questions?" I would not go into this store again. I do not know what this man's problem is, but he seemed to have no problem attending to the white people haggling over prices when I was very ready to buy something and he essentially kicked me out. In my opinion, this is a classic example of racist mucraggression! Beware!
March 2013 by Previous Phb stuff
Things you would never think of buying will capture your attention and swoon you at first sight, and the prices are very negotiable.
September 2010 by Su R.
This is such an odd and enjoyable little part of the Garage mall in harvard Sq! a mini thrift shop of sorts, with tons, and i means tons, of antique jewelry and trinkets, AND what I'm willing to bet most people like best about it- lotsa smoking accessories. From water and reg pipes to hookahs, he has it and will bargain with you on the price or take a trade if you have some old jewelry.
August 2010 by Ash N.
I went there to look for a hookah, and they were way overpriced. $150 for a standard hookah that probably should retail for $80, $100 max. Leavitt and Pierce has cheaper hookahs, but Kang's Corner had the best and the cheapest. I took the 1 bus to Kang's Corner and got a better hookah for $50. The choice is obvious, don't get hookahs from Hidden Treasures.
September 2008 by Erica S.
Have you ever been wandering around the Garage in Harvard Square and seen a tiny little shop filled to the gills with trinkets and jewelry and exotic looking boxes and pipes and pins and all things metal and ornate, all displayed in the window? Yep! This is the place! So small you do most of your shopping on the outside by looking at the display in the window, then walk sideways through the inside to actually select your items, chat with the owner, and pay. 'Tis an experience. I have found some awesome stuff here-- great bronze chandelier earrings, for example, for $20, and multiple amazing bangles and filigree cuff bracelets to add to my extensive collection. Need a bonus? He sells shisha and coals for your hookah! Cheap! I buy mine here. I recommend going and just browsing around without looking for anything specific, but with an open mind to find something you'll love. Lurk around the windows outside, or brave the interior and get lost among one of the most packed little jewelry and goody stores you have ever seen. Some of the strange findings here will surprise you; I can nearly guarantee you won't be disappointed.