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Funky Junky, Reimagine a Peace of the Past

Updated on April 28, 2014
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Lori has traveled Arkansas from the backwoods to the Capitol. She knows the confusion of multiple road names and designations. Frugal travel

writing as lillygrillzit earthenwarehaven@gmail

Copyright© All Rights Reserved Lori J Latimer / Funky Junky™ Russellville, AR

Funky Junky - Funky Fun Finds

Funky! Fun! Finds
Funky! Fun! Finds | Source

Fun Funky Finds

Jimmy Armstrong & Amanda Shilling would not be offended if you called them pickers. As a matter of fact, they were picker-ing before picking was made popular by reality television.

Jimmy has owned A-1 Pawn Shop for over 30 years. An icon in the River Valley, he has been buying, selling and trading stuff for several decades. He is a wheeler dealer, and likes 'old stuff'.

Amanda has always been interested in the things and trends of the generations who have gone before her. Her older siblings loved the music, clothing and trends of the late 1960's and early 1970's, and Amanda liked it too. She was also interested in the earlier artifacts of her parents and grandparent's generation. Ms. Shilling was exposed to the neatest items and trends partially due to the business established by her family.

An interesting piece of Russellville history is that her family established Leonard's Hardware on North Commerce Street in Russellville, Arkansas in 1906. Later, they moved to their present location on 1319 S Arkansas Ave in Russellville. Leonard's is one of those trusty Hardware stores where you can browse for hours. You can locate modern coolers and ceiling fans parts, and old parts for obscure and antique equipment. They have been in business over 100 years.

When Jimmy Armstrong and Amanda Shilling first went into business together, they were renting a booth down at Little Rock, AR. Traveling all that way, toting all of their items to sell, and the stuff they bought became a hardship. One day Jimmy surprised Amanda, "I bought us a shop in downtown Russellville." At first Amanda felt a little trepidition; that is a big step up from renting a booth. When she went down to 116 N. Commerce and saw the store, she knew it was a good sign. They had come full circle...the store Jimmy had purchased, was the original Leonard's Hardware building her grandparents had established in 1906!

Find happiness, and good memories at Funky Junky

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Find Happiness Here!Fire Truck from a by-gone era - At Funky JunkyFunky Fun FindsStore Frontage - you are here
Find Happiness Here!
Find Happiness Here! | Source
Fire Truck from a by-gone era - At Funky Junky
Fire Truck from a by-gone era - At Funky Junky | Source
Funky Fun Finds
Funky Fun Finds | Source
Store Frontage - you are here
Store Frontage - you are here | Source

Downtown Russellville

Funky Junky is a big part of the Downtown Russellville revitalization.

Funky Junky is near the old train depot South of Peter's Family Living.

When you visit will find this cool shop quietly tucked in if closed, or bustling, thriving and sticking out colorfully all over.

California Zenith Apples and old medicine bottles

medicine bottles and an old Zenith Apple box
medicine bottles and an old Zenith Apple box | Source

Find Funky Junky Reimagine A Peace of The Past

Funky Junky 116 N Commerce, Russellville, AR:
116 North Commerce Avenue, Russellville, AR 72801, USA

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Funky Junky Inc 116 N Commerce Ave, Rsvl, AR 72801 479-967-3865 Owners:Jimmy Armstrong & Amanda Shilling

Leonard's Hardware, 1319 S Arkansas Ave , Russellville:
1319 South Arkansas Avenue, Russellville, AR 72801, USA

get directions

Leonard's Hardware 1319 S Arkansas Ave Russellville, AR 72801 479-968-2142 Modern needs and hard to find items

A-1 Pawn, 2207 E Main St Russellville, AR:
2207 East Main Street, Russellville, AR 72802, USA

get directions

A-1 Pawn 2207 E Main St Russellville, AR 479-968-4106

My perfect find

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My perfect findI am so happy. This is a beautiful and simple addition to my home
My perfect find
My perfect find | Source
I am so happy. This is a beautiful and simple addition to my home
I am so happy. This is a beautiful and simple addition to my home | Source

I love Funky Junky

One of the many reasons I love Funky Junky is this is where I found a much needed kitchen table. I had been searching for weeks and was having no luck. There are many fine furniture stores, discount places and second-hand shops, but for weeks there was nothing I could stand that would also fit my limited budget.

Having left one store, very sad and low spirited, I looked up and saw the Funky Junky sign. I walked in the door feeling immediately that I was home. Noticing a group of tables and chairs, I walked down the isle. In 3 minutes I found my table and four chairs. I could not have been happier. They let me put the last two chairs on lay-away, and my kitchen is simple and comfortable now.

Thank you Jimmy & Amanda!

Modern, Retro, or Antique

Do you like new and modern, or retro and antique

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Another reason I love Funky Junky...

Not everything is for sale.

Funky Junky is more than a store, you can consider it a museum as well. It is a wonderful place with groovy people and a couple of very sociable dogs.

Remember Bob's Big Boy Resturant?

Remember the old Relic Alarm Clocks?
Remember the old Relic Alarm Clocks? | Source

Hoot! Owls anyone?

For the Owl collector there is a hoot of a selection
For the Owl collector there is a hoot of a selection | Source

From another picker; Hippie Tom: Why I collect


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    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Writer fox thank you. That would take the fun out of visiting. They are on Facebook, so you can make contact there...or just take a road trip...

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      Writer Fox 

      5 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      This sounds like my kind of shop. They should sell on Ebay!

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Always exploring thank you for being there. Thank you hope you get a chance to come by.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is a place i would love to visit. I am not into antiques, but i love looking at them. My sis Eva has all antiques in her house and it's beautiful. Thank's for another great share....


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