What's old is new

This is my place to show off the items I would call vintage, things I have either refinished or kept as is and find interesting. I am still a kid at heart bringing home what some might call junk and am always in search of that buried treasure. I am not a picker and I am not a hoarder, working with my hands on my own time repairing or refinishing the things I find brings me peace of mind and time to myself to contemplate whatever has transpired in my life or time to just zone out and concentrate on the task at hand. Some items for sale or possible trade just ask..click on my profile and send me an email.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Junk Heaven - Mr Used, Hamilton, Ontario

 I've lived in Hamilton, Ontario all my life and have always stood up for the city as others referred to it negatively and called it “the armpit of Ontario”, sure if your passing by on the Highway going from Niagara to Toronto all you see and smell is the by-product of steel manufacturing but that is a small inconvenience that isn’t noticed in most of the city. Hamilton is a city that was built on steel production and industry and that is totally reflected in the homes and buildings of the blue collar and the hierarchy who built this city, as you travel around the different neighbourhoods it is also reflected in its “JUNK”. I’ve known about a particular junk yard since they opened their doors many years ago but I’ve never ventured in until recently. WOW!! JUNK HEAVEN! I think I just had a small mental breakdown as I tried to take in the immensity and diversity this place has to offer, from Lion and Baboon taxidermy to salvaged restaurant equipment to plumbing fixtures to antiquated cast iron machinery and house hold items this place has it all and the kitchen sink. There are no price tags on anything simply because there is just so much stuff piled on top of other stuff but just ask and someone will get a price for you, some items are a little overpriced but for the most part they are right on the money. Here are a few pics that don’t even begin to break the surface of what this place has to offer.


  1. Oh, wow...You could spend days in there and still not see everything. That's wild!

  2. That looks like a really fun way to spend an entire day! Looks like you could get lost in there!

  3. Dave and Dana you have no idea how much I love finding places like this. This particular place is a massive warehouse that used to house some type of factory at one time. There are some mid century pieces in there and I'm sure he doesn't know what he has aside from the obvious COKE COLA big name stuff. There is a turn of the century printing press and turn of the century foot operated riveter like what would put rivets in jeans or eyelets in shoes that are just cool to look at. It's like a museum exploded and this is what was left.

  4. Hi David, I love Hamilton despite its undeserved reputation. I'm heading out there again soon and would love to take a gander at this spot. I am more of a window-shopper than anything else, haha, but I love places like this. Care to share its name/location? Thanks! I enjoy the blog.