Best Junk Store - 2009
This isn't the sort of junk store where your fingers get smudged with dust and rust. Incubators need to be clean, and the junk here is indeed incubating. In another 40 to 60 years, it will all hatch into highly desirable antiques. Thus the name of this "retroplex." The household items that didn't sell during your Grandma Gertrude's estate sale may well end up at The Future Antiques: the powder-blue metal hair dryer, Pyrex casseroles, melamine salad bowls, Zulu swizzle sticks, blobby melted plastic light fixture, boomerang ashtray and especially that Dino Latino LP, with its cover art of Dean Martin in a matador hat. Kitsch is king at T.F.A., and in its 6,000 square feet you're sure to find that piece of must-have junk you've been coveting since you first spied it down in some long-dead relative's south-county rathskeller way back when.