Hoard Antiques celebrates its grand opening today at 4710 N. Damen Ave. with music and food. The small space is crammed with kitsch ranging from vintage clothing and hats to antique furniture and classic fixed-gear bicycles.
Hoard owner Jayson Lambert and manager Jeremy Parsons have scoured yard sales and estate sales across the Midwest to put together a strange collection of unique items. A cigarette lighter, shaped like a pistol lies among a selection of antique jewelry.
“The stranger it is, the faster it sells,” said Lambert.
The clothing and shoe collection spans decades, and this author recently found her new favorite article of clothing on their racks: A vintage Pittsburgh Steelers Franco Harris #32 jersey.
The quirky little store also welcomes dogs of all shapes and sizes. They accept donations and give half of the proceeds from the sale of donated items goes to PAWS Chicago.
Lambert said old camera equipment and vintage bicycles are among their most popular items. The store also sells works from some local artists and craft-makers.
Lambert and Parsons also run estate sales and offer home clean out services.
Lambert said they accumulate a lot of items with plans to fix them up, and they have a pile of projects to work on. Some items just need a polish, but others need a new paint job or a few extra stitches before they’re ready to go out on the floor.
The store opened in February, but they recently acquired the room next door, nearly doubling their space. They have big plans for the former dance studio with a mirror-lined wall.
It could be a photography studio. It might soon have old rows of theater chairs and display classic movies, from a 16mm projector. Today it will host live music.
Today’s lineup of bands spans the styles of the decades, too:
Hoard Antiques is open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.