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Best Junk Store 

Cranky Yellow

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."

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