Updated: After ten years in the neighborhood, Archie McPhee closed its doors for the last time in Ballard on Thursday evening. They’ve worked for weeks moving a bazillion little quirky toys to their new Wallingford location. Thursday they gave away a bunch of doodads that were left over from the move. They’ll reopen at their […]
The big neon “Archie McPhee” signs have officially left Ballard. This photo was taken earlier this afternoon by the folks at the wacky shop. The signs made the long trip today to their new location in Wallingford. Don’t worry, although the signs are down, the Market St. location is still open. They’ll make the full […]
For 10 years, Ballard residents have been able to stroll down to Market Street and buy everything from a giant shrunken head for $250 to hundreds of tiny treasures for $19.95 a quart at Archie McPhee’s, the wonderfully wacky, tacky store that caters to our inner child.
But, they lost their lease, so McPhee’s is packing up and heading to Wallingford, and they’re saying goodbye to some of the store’s larger fixtures that just won’t fit in the new space. Shelving, racks, an old dentist’s chair, a life-size medieval archer and a custom-built pop-up cake that did a booming business as a rental – all are for sale.
“Usually it’s a hairy man in a coconut bra jumping out of the cake,” Shana, the store manager, explains of the cake that’s now for sale for $1,500. “It’s usually more funny than saucy.”
So, once the big items are sold, how in the world will Shana and her crew pack up the estimated 10,000 different items for the 2.4-mile move to the corner of 45th and Stone Way?
As Archie McPhee gears up for its big move from Ballard to a smaller space in Wallingford this summer, it’s planning to sell some of the store’s retail fixtures. Like what, you ask? How about this giant Ming Dynasty acupuncture model? There’s also a life-size archer figure that would jazz up any living room. “If […]
If you could read the thought bubbles of people shopping at Archie McPhee, they’d probably say something like, “Seriously?” and “Who would buy this?” The famous chotchke shop in Ballard has been selling novelty toys for more than 25 years, and now they’ve written a book about it. Appropriately titled “Who Would Buy This?” the […]
Exclusive: Archie McPhee’s is moving to the NE corner of Stone Way and 45th in Wallingford, says store spokesman David Wahl. A liquor store currently occupies the site. “We don’t have a solid date yet, (and) it depends on when we can get occupancy and finish painting and such,” Wahl explains to My Ballard, estimating […]
During the excitement last week about Archie McPhee announcing it’s leaving Ballard, the Food Network stopped by to shoot a segment on… bacon. The crew videotaped people sampling various bacon-related products for an upcoming episode of the Food Network’s Unwrapped program. And apparently, Archie McPhee has a lot of it. As soon as we learn […]
The crazy kids at Archie McPhee celebrated their 25th anniversary today with a sidewalk sale and a visit from none other than the Rat City Roller Girls. The Roller Girls sang “Happy Anniversary…” … and served up free cake with a devil duckie on top, of course. The sidewalk sale behind the store featured all […]
On May 29, 1907 at about 3:45 p.m., the city of Ballard was annexed into the city of Seattle because the water smelled like a dead horse. Citizens then weren’t happy with their new status, and 101 years later Ballardites are still miffed. Thursday is “Free Ballard Day.” Last year (on the 100th anniversary) there […]
We’ve all seen the “Free Ballard” bumper stickers. And now the Mysterious Traveler spotted an alteration to the theme on the back of a Suburu: “Flee Ballard” (full photo). Looks like some nifty artwork swapping that “R” for an “L.” As we posted last week, Archie McPhee recently added a new sticker, “Ballard Welcomes Our […]