My dear pal Aubs told I’d like this vintage store called Unshredded Nostalgia almost 3 years ago. O-M-G I can’t believe it took me this long to check out what appears to be an unassuming shop on Route 9 / South Main Street in Barnegat, NJ but what in reality is a huge treasure trove of memorabilia, ephemera, vintage photos, antique movie posters and pretty much everything under the retro loving sun!
I wasn’t planning on writing about this shop but as soon as I entered it, I said to myself, “Folks who like old places often like old things, and this place is too cool not to share!” Owner Jim Episale gave me a friendly greeting (always a good sign) and offered to give me a tour of the store within moments of my arrival. Sure, why not, how big could this place be. Let me tell you friends, it’s bigger than it appears from the outside!
There’s a room with 200,000+ organized vintage photos. Two-hundred-thousand. Alphabetical. Cross referenced. The mind boggles.
There’s a room dedicated to nothing but New Jersey memorabilia. Wish I had more memories of NJ, I’d totally pick up something from here. As you can see from all these posts, I’m working on it!
There’s an area for gambling memorabilia and ephemera, form Atlantic City and beyond:
And well, my name wouldn’t be Mod Betty LENNON if I didn’t swoon a bit over some of the great Beatles memorabilia on display! (And yes, my dad’s name is John Lennon )
There’s a room for vintage cameras, magazines, art books, cartoon memorabilia, an entire loft devoted to vintage movie posters from every imaginable era. Sports memorabilia, antiquesl, coca-cola stuff, records and more.
While there’s a whole section devoted to neatly organized Life Magazines, have you ever seen an original copy of Boxoffice magazine? Now I can say I have!
I could show pictures all day and not even cover 20% of all of the neat stuff at Unshredded Nostalgia. They also host many specialty exhibitions, like the silent movie poster exhibit I wrote about, and other collectors will show their wares here as well. Jim, his wife and his staff keep this place very organized but still very fun to explore – let him know what you’re looking for and he’ll keep his eyes open for you.
If you’re into old stuff like I am, you’ll know why this place is a Retro Roadmap must stop. I think Retro Roadhusband thinks I “must stop” going into places like this .
323 South Main Street
Barnegat, NJ 08005-2350
If you want to keep tabs on what’s going on with them the modern way, you can also become a fan of the Unshredded Nostalgia Facebook page!
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