Best Junk Store

Fellenz Antiques

For this category we're defining "junk" as "salvage of a lost civilization" rather than "ugly Big Bird cookie jars." (For which, see Best Thrift Store.) In other words, one man's junk is Bill Fellenz's "Architectural Artifacts." You won't find Mr. T air fresheners here, but you will find doors without doorways, doorknobs without doors, escutcheon plates without keyholes and keys without locks. All in a pleasantly cram-packed shop that smells venerable — like ancient dust. Fellenz Antiques has been around for 48 years, and its rescued junk was all made an even longer time ago, out of genuine metal, wood and glass. Looking for an ornate and rusty widow's walk? Fellenz has pieces of one from Ohio, without the widow. How about some elaborate acorn-encrusted balcony rails? Plenty from New Orleans here. Massive quarter-sawn oak balustrade from demolished mansion? "Swan on pond" art-glass window? Cast-iron fireplace surround? Eastlake drawer pulls? Miscellaneously embellished grates, hooks and brackets? A bin full of old-fashioned latches? The history for sale here has that authentic, dinged-up patina that the reproductions in restoration catalogs will never be able to duplicate. Go get some before it's as gone as the world it came from.

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