Tracker Pixel for Entry

Junk Giant offers “a fresh take” on antiques

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | Culture | October 7th, 2015

photo by Jamie Hutchinson

By Jamie Hutchinson

To Aaron Swinkels, co-owner of antique store Junk Giant, there’s an art to selling antiques that extends beyond buying as low as you can and selling as high as possible. That art is about community and contrast.

“I price to where people can afford it here,” Swinkels said. “Hopefully, I can move a lot of stuff and make a living that way rather than sitting on a few really uber, high-end pieces and just waiting to make a killing on them.”

The store, which opened in mid-September and is located at 1304 13th Ave. S in Fargo, offers more than other antique stores, which are often strictly period, Swinkels said. This is where the art comes into play.

“I like stuff that contrasts with each other,” he said. “If you put something really old next to something that has a completely different look to it, it makes both items more beautiful. I think we have a fresh take on that.”

In the store you can find furniture, vinyl records, jewelry, trunk suitcases and even a collection of glasses and bowls from the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. But perhaps the biggest highlights are the hi-fi stereos and speakers for sale. Swinkels, who has been taking classes on electronics theory and repair, does some of the repairs himself, he said.

“This is really sensitive, really well-built equipment, and I want to make it work again and I want people to enjoy it,” he said. The idea of recycling and reusing began with the first business started by Swinkels and his girlfriend Erica Sponsler, who is also a co-owner of Junk Giant.

At Plain State Farm in Moorhead, they sell sustainably grown flowers with zero chemicals used. “[Junk Giant] is an extension of that mindset — that reusing things and being a steward of the planet,” Swinkels said.

Swinkels, who grew up in Washington state, got his start in collecting around 20 years ago when he began collecting vinyl records. He’s since been hauling those records to each place he moved. Finally, he found himself in North Dakota, a state that’s nothing like he thought it would be.

“I’ve lived here for three and a half years and every year this city has changed so much,” he said. “The people have just embraced and loved the really progressive things that have happened and it’s really cool.”

After arriving in Fargo, he held a few successful yard sales and sold hi-fi pieces online, which led him to open Junk Giant. He then lucked out when he found a location just a few blocks from his home.

Business has been successful since day one, he said, and he thanks the community for that.

“The biggest thing I can say is just how grateful I am for this community and the people and their ability to engage and embrace things.”

YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Junk Giant

1304 13th Ave. S Fargo

Recently in:

News

Birds of a Feather

by Jim Fuglie

It’s time for an update on Meridian Energy Group and the Davis Refinery. You probably remember them, although it’s been a while since I last wrote about them. Meridian is the California/Texas company that wants to build an oil…

by Taylor Markel taylormarkel@cableone.netWhat began as a single weekend of wintry activities, has now, for the first time in its history, snowballed into a multi-week celebration of all things winter! With countless, exhilarating…

Thursday, January 30, 7- 10 pmThe Fargo Theatre, 314 N Broadway, FargoKevin Smith is coming to town to show his latest and greatest motion picture, “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.” Followed by a Q&A. Can you believe Jay and Silent…

by Erin Thostensonphoto by Erin Thostenson, Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne.ErinAT@far.midco.net I've lived most of my life in Fargo, but I attended La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia last year to finish my degree in…

Whatta Deal! A Heart Transplant Only Runs $1,698,831.13!Ten years ago our life expectancy plateaued—and then we started to lose years of life. Every other industrialized country has gained years. A study claims this has happened…

To say that this year’s Bartenders Battle was the best display of talent in the six years since its creation would be an understatement and a disservice to not only the bartenders who made it into the competition, but also the…

by Jill Finkelsonjsfinkelson99@gmail.comHave any good stories from Ralph’s Corner Bar? The Historical Society of Clay County wants to bring us back in time to the Moorhead favorite and they need the local’s help. Musicians,…

Music

Here’s to the ladies

by HPR Contributor

by Jill Finkelsonjsfinkelson99@gmail.comDeb Jenkins returns for a 23rd year of celebrating Fargo’s Women- and their music. The story is old news now, Deb tells me over the phone as I ask her- how did this start? 23 years ago, she…

Nearly one year ago, Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov’s stunning documentary “Honeyland” collected a trio of awards following its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Those accolades, including special jury…

“Surrealism permeates--there’s a legacy there with contemporary art where they’re still trying to capture or convey something that can’t quite be fully understood without the existence of that thing that you can’t fully…

by Kris Gruberperriex1@gmail.comHigh Plains Reader spoke to Act Up Theatre board member Jackie Shaw, about the fundraiser "Kabaret for Kaleidoscope" at the TAK Music Venue.High Plains Reader: How did the idea for this show come…

Stand-up comedy is traditionally a one-way exchange. Outside of the odd question addressed to a random audience member, the limit of the spectators’ contribution to the conversation is their laughter at the comedy stylings being…

Even though it didn’t officially open until February 1st of last year, Moorhead bar Harold’s on Main had been under discussion for several years beforehand by its owners. Longtime friends and musicians Eric Odness, Rob Pope,…

Wellness

Yoga on the Farm

by Ryan Janke

Every Thursday evening during the month of June, Mara Solberg is inviting people to come out and try Yoga on the Farm. It is a unique yoga experience that was born from an idea that was proposed to Solberg.“I’ve been with Red…

by Devin Joubertdevinlillianjoubert@gmail.comIt’s that beautiful time of the year that’s filled with seasonal decorations, sparkly lights, warm family gatherings, and delicious feasts. I love everything about this time of the…

by Karen Andersonkartcone@gmail.comCongratulations to the Fargo School District for opening up a discussion regarding today’s students as covered in the January 7, Barry Amundson article “Social, emotional learning a forefront…