Sunday, September 02, 2007
Located in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, Archie McPhee is a must visit store full to the brim of oddities and bazar collectable junk. It's like shopping in Pee Wee's Playhouse!
The founder of Archie McPhee started in Los Angles by selling rubber lizards, rubber chickens, punching nuns and other crazy items out of his home. He discovered that there was a market for that stuff and in 1983 he moved his entire inventory to Seattle and set up shop. His first store was located in Fremont, an arts neighborhood in Seattle, and it stayed in that location for fourteen years. The shop was moved to its current location in Ballard in 1999. Archie McPhee's is a must see tourist destination and an outrageous shopping experience.
For the puppet builders out there you will find plastic bins full of taxidermy eyes, a wall of wigs, spools of wacky ribbons, colored wire, rubber tubing, industrial odds and ends and more.
Archie McPhee's also sells it's own line of toys through their toy label Accoutrements. Some of their most popular items include Devil Duckies, the Crazy Cat Lady Action Figure, and Bacon Bandages.