“Supplying wierd and kooky toys since 1983”
Archie McPhee has been supplying gifts and toys to Seattle since 1983. Located in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood, it’s a one stop shop for party supplies, crafts, costumes, miniatures and the weirdest collection of toys and candy that you’ve ever seen. Widely considered to be a Mecca for connoisseurs of the strange and one of Seattle’s top ten weird destinations, it is truly an attraction without a parallel.
Believe it or not, Archie McPhee was a real person. In 1924, a young Archie McPhee of Bismark, North Dakota, decided that he was going to bring the revolutionary new music called “jazz” to the Orient. He formed a swinging jazz band, the North Star Music Makers, and as their manager booked passage for them on the S.S. President Madison as the ship’s band.
If you're visiting Seattle you have to visit Archie McPhees. It's literally filled from floor to ceiling with stuff you'll never need, but that doesn't matter because you'll absolutely buy it. Looking for a rubber ball with a ninja inside? They've got it. Pizza stickers? They've got it. Scratch and sniff fart car freshener? They've got that too. They even have an old photo-booth in the back for visitors to use. You have to visit. Period.
One of my favorite stores in Ballard, and probably the world. This is the kind of place you go to buy a bunch of stuff you absolutely don't need, but you're going to leave with a giant bag of it anyway. Singing pickles, boxing nuns, bacon flavored candy, or, I don't know, a FREAKIN' PARACHUTE. This place has so much weird stuff it's kind of overwhelming.
If you go, make sure to bring some singles for the awesome vintage photo booth in the back of the store. It's not one of those lame new ones that just prints digital images on photo paper, it's the real deal.
Literally, they have it all. Must stop.
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