Feb 10, 2017

Tales From the Junk Store

Junk Pirate...
Collections of collections, objects of interest, other people's photos, and other tales from the Junk Store.

Junk Pirate lives on forever.

Thanks for checking out the classic Tales From the Junk Store blog. Obviously I'm not updating anymore. But there is still plenty of tasty treasure from the Heap for you to contemplate.
The new Tales From the Junk Store blog is on the new Junk Pirate website, along with piles of artwork, images from the Junk Pirate III exhibition, and other tasty morsels.
And, as has been the case for the past 5 years and continuing on into the bleak, hopeless future, there is the Junk Pirate Instagram account.

So do yourself a favor and go poke around junkpirate.com. You just might enjoy yourself.

Thank you for not actively wishing me harm.

Nov 7, 2015

Brand freaking new JUNK PIRATE website coming soon...
Ok, coming eventually.

But get your daily dose of random cool stuff complete with clever commentary through the Junk Pirate social media empire that is @thejunkpirate on Instagram and a FaBo page that distributes my posts to about 13 lucky followers.

Join the Junk Pirate party and see everything.

Oct 30, 2015

Been a while since I've shared any recent Tales from the Junk Store. But that doesn't mean I haven't been armpits deep in stacks and heaps, sorting junk, tossing valuables into the garbage, and sharing all the picks with my pals over on Instagram, FaBo, and all up in the new Junk Pirate Basement HQ. Here's just a taste of what you've been missing:

Make sure to click those links on that sidebar to keep up on the latest. In the meanwhile, makes ure to keep donating your interesting crap to your local junk store.

Jan 25, 2015

Whippets brand whippets

I am giddy and delighted to discover that Whippets was an actual brand-name product for N2O cartridges.
Really, really giddy.

Dec 28, 2014

Lifelike Mannequin

I don't know what it is, but I just can't seem to take my eyes off this mannequin.

Must be the hat.

Dec 25, 2014

Happy Birthday Jesus

Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas (or as I like to call it, X-Mas), with some portraits of Jesus from deep in the Junk Pirate photo archive.

This collection of Jesuses (Jesi?) features velvet, lil framer, and your contemporary dark skinned Jesus. And a small hookah in there too to make your spirits bright.

Dec 15, 2014

Foam Fingaz

For a minute we saved all the interesting 'Foam Fingers' that got donated, but we got bored after 5 of them and went back to hoarding pencil sharpeners and vintage markers.

Dec 7, 2014

Parking Tokens from Heaven!

Never pay for parking at the one specific lot that still uses these specific parking tokens, if it even still exists, and you can find it, again!

Nov 28, 2014

Books of the Future of the Past

Ha! Look at that old Amazon kindle. That thing must be 100 years old!

Oct 24, 2014

Vintage Bakelite Model B View-Master!

Now here's a treat for a Viewmaster hoarding weirdo like me...
An original Sawyers Model B viewer made of Bakelite, with the original box!

Learn more about the evolution of View-Master and you will be a better person.

Oct 14, 2014

Anatomically Correct

Not that I'm constantly checking the genitalia of dolls and actions figures, but by and large they usually have molded underwear or just nothing down there at all. Except this player.

Oct 2, 2014

Swing and a Miss

After my last post about the Oakland A's, which was immediately followed by the AL Wild Card Game that was truly wild, I thought it would be appropriate to post this picture I took from the top of a vintage kiddy pinball toy. "Sock", indeed.

Sep 30, 2014

Chia Pet Coco Crisp

In honor of the amazing 'barely-made-the-second-wild-card-collapse-to-miraculously-win-the-world-series' post season of baseball that is about to start for the Oakland A's tonight, I present to you a whole grip of Chia Pet Coco Crisps.
A great promo item for the man with the greatest name in the Major Leagues.

Sep 24, 2014


For all you Electro-Hippies out there: it's an Omnichord electric harmonium complete with case.
A coworker scored this beauty before I could get my grubby hands on it, but she let me take a picture.

Sep 22, 2014

The Blues: Yamaha Fun Keyboard

We got a whole gig-bag full of sweet and soulful musical instruments coming up so put your favorite record on that Hi-Fi and get ready to rock.

We'll start off this instrumental junk-jam session with a tasty cut featuring this in-the-package Yamaha Fun Keyboard in soft blue tones. Or maybe add some vocal harmonies with the included microphone.

Sep 19, 2014


Pretty solid looking electric guitar in a velvety case. Not bad at all.

'Special' Police

Now you too can be part of that elite American institution... the Sicherhettspolizei (?)
You'll be ready for action as part of the F.B.I., more commonly known as the "Special Police", with this deluxe set. It includes ID badge, radio, whistle, mini-shotgun, ass-whomping stick, sucking darts, and some Police earplugs, I think.

Aug 30, 2014

Demolition Derby Pinball

We got another pinball game here at the Junk Store, and amazingly it is pretty functional. The flippers don't go all the way down, and some of the lights are burnt, and the game play is pretty simple, but, hey, working pinball game at the Junk Store!

You can learn more about Demolition Derby pinball here.

You can learn about the other pinball game that was donated years ago, and how much it sucked, at the Tales from the Junk Store post here.

Aug 25, 2014

Lil Devil and Friends

This oddball assortment of goofy puppets put a smile on my face. We have the Major, the stoney Doofus, the Kaiser, and my close personal friend...


Aug 21, 2014

Intellivision: Pitfall! and SNAFU

I could have sworn that I've posted more images of some of the Intellivision video game systems that have come through the Junk Store over the years, but a quick search of all the video game posts reveals nothing.
So allow me to make up for lost time by posting a few classics, in their original boxes.

First and obviously the best is Activision's Pitfall! The classic game that never ends.

And then one of my favorites as a youngster, SNAFU. Complete with box and controller overlays.