Vintage store Junk Drawer closes its doors for good

The pandemic closures continue: The vintage shop The Junk Drawer (1713 NW Market St) has closed down.

The Junk Drawer opened in 2019, offering both vintage goods and cold beer from a bar inside the store. They specialized in items from the 40s through the 80s, with vintage goods ranging from mid-century furniture to barware, books of all genres, music, clothing, and plenty of odd trinkets and other treasures. The owners had been planning a store for over 13 years before opening The Junk Drawer, and it was a perfect collection of oddities and classic Americana.

Owner Michaela tells My Ballard that after having to close for COVID restrictions last March, they reopened without the bar area due to the state’s phased reopening plan.

“There just wasn’t the same draw with restaurants in the area closed, and people not wanting to be out and about or not having income to spend on frivolity,” Michaela says. “It was a lot of fun while it lasted and we met some great folks in the area that we’ll definitely keep in touch with. We are so grateful to have had our little shop if even for a short time but are also very much looking forward to some well-deserved R&R.”

That location has been home to a number of different tenants over the years; back in 2007 it was an Allstate Insurance branch, followed by a residential alarm company, before turning into The Junk Drawer.

No word yet on what will happen to the empty storefront, but we’ll update you when we learn more.

Photo: The Junk Drawer