Many of you know that our shop is located in a really great Seattle neighborhood known as Ballard. In all its history and hoopla, Ballard is also our home and we’re dedicating Fridays to telling everyone why we love it here.
Today’s special little Ballard place is brought to you by Mr. Todd Werny by way of his tiny shop called Space Oddity. It’s located “around the corner” from our shop and it’s underneath an art gallery, very easy to miss. To say that the shop has an eclectic mix of items just wouldn’t do any justice to the place. Todd is a collector of vintage things, ranging from the mid-century modern to rustic industrial and institutional. Some things are perfect, some are hard worn. He finds all sorts of unrelated items and brings them together, medical equipment, filing cabinets, laboratory elements, measuring devices. Many of the items are repurposed, industrial racks as a storage solution, chemistry utensils as design elements in your home. It’s not for everyone but for those with a keen eye, there’s some really great finds.
Space Oddity stocks items from another era, when things were built in America, by people with tools and machinery, in a simpler time. The shop reminds us that production and manufacturing once occurred without the aid of robotics, automation and computer aided design. A mechanical typewriter sits next to a device once used to measure Ph levels. 70’s era plastics are here and there, wooden school chairs and a hospital gurney. And T-Shirts, designed by Todd with Ballard themes!
Todd himself comes from an era of punk rock and skateboarding. Twenty years ago he started a motorcycle club that now has chapters all down the west coast. Unrelated, he started Backfire Moto, a motor club specializing in cafe racer, vintage and rat bikes that meets up every month.
Locals know that anything at Space Oddity is likely one of a kind and the inventory turns regularly. Regulars stop by once a week but even if you’re not local, you’re going to find cool stuff every time you go.
Space Oddity is definitely NOT a pretentious place, it’s quite humble and Todd isn’t interested in gouging customers for top dollar collectible items. Everything is priced properly and often you’ll find something very useful at a bargain price. We have certainly found a number of things at Todd’s shop, we’ve purchased things for our home, for our office and fixtures at the shop. Just another reason we love living in Ballard, good people, great places, great finds.
Want to see more cool places in Ballard? Follow our Pinterest board “Free Ballard” here.