Thanks anonymous "Guy". We love you from the bottom of our thrift-store-ironic-pants! xoxoxo from all of us!
Best Junk Store - 2010
Cranky Yellow - CLOSED
Cranky Yellow chief proprietor David Wolk and his coterie of inventive spirits do a fantastic job of curating the mass of marvels in this strange Cherokee Street emporium. The junk for sale here is standard thrift-store pickings — '70s ceramic spice mushrooms, spindly legged doe figurines, fat little plaster-cast Friar Tucks — but its proximity to art on Cranky Yellow's shelves magically elevates it to the realm of relic. A cutesy walrus piggy bank, for instance, takes on an uncanny aspect when seen next to one of the weirdly tentacled, eyeball-rich stuffed creatures that lurk in every cranny here. The price-tag descriptions also add to the otherwise ordinary objects' mysterious aura of huh?: Nowhere else in town will you find an iridescent pink fish vase from the '60s stickered "Glazed in Unicorn Piss, $2." It's fun to wander around the shop under the pounding art-punk soundtrack, searching for these sporadic examples of drollery, such as the labels found affixed to two identical prints of freaked-out cartoon characters. One reads, "I Lost My Keys." The other: "I'm Drunk."
Wow, tough room. There is no place on earth like Cranky Yellow. I have been a fan since the beginning. I took my whole family there to see a cat circus (really!) Even if the stuff isn't to your taste, to dismiss it out of hand seems a bit rash, and while I agree it might not be for everybody, the time and effort it takes to operate something like that is tremendous and worthy of applause by itself. In an increasingly cookie cutter world, Cranky Yellow provides a place for the strange, new, and innovative. I think it's great, and stop by every time I'm in the area to see what's new.