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Barn Burner

Feb 28th, 2011 | Categories: Philadelphia, Vintage | by Michael Williams

The folks at Three Potato Four had a barn sale this weekend and a few friends and I decided to take the trip down to Philadelphia for the day to check things out. Husband and wife team Stu and Janet Morales started Three Potato Four as an online only shop in 2007. They opened their physical store last August and started doing the barn sales this past January. The “barn” is an awesome old brick building that used to be the dye room in an old wool mill. The internal structure looks to be composed of both brick and some weathered old wood with a bunch of windows at the top. The windows provide for a lot of great natural light, the kind of natural light that those of us that live in Manhattan don’t often get to enjoy. The contents of the barn consist of a bunch of old awesome stuff that must have been culled from farms and old factories and junk drawers all over the U.S.

Stu and Janet have amassed a cool selection of old stuff and some pretty neat reproduction new stuff in the barn. As we looked around I couldn’t help taking a second to marvel at the room. The barn is an awesome space, something that could probably only exsist in New York at mind blowing prices (read: Paula Rubenstein), or at least at prices you probably don’t want to pay. The barn is worth a two hour drive even if you aren’t in the market for an old table or some new old stuff. And if you live in Philly, even better. Keep an eye on the website for the next sale. [Three Potato Four]

I couldn't pass up this awesome old tin hardware store sign.


Comments: 17

17 Comments to “Barn Burner”

  1. mistermidwester
    on Feb 28th, 2011
    @ 5:18 PM

    Looks like a nicely-curated batch of Americana. Sharp rusty edges and all.

    Reminds me that I need to go down and browse my local haunt like this. Last time I was there I found an absolute jewel.

  2. Ye Ole General
    on Feb 28th, 2011
    @ 5:40 PM

    The Barn is very cool. I need to close on Saturdays, and start going out in the country for yard sales.

  3. Brian
    on Feb 28th, 2011
    @ 5:48 PM

    Great space and better stuff. You know that feeling when you find something super amazing at a flea market or a yard sale and you decide not to get it for some stupid reason…and later in the day you are kicking yourself because you should have bought it. Well, all that stuff magically goes to 3potato4 for safe keeping. Totally worth the trip.

  4. Ye Ole General
    on Feb 28th, 2011
    @ 6:01 PM

    Great website (ThreePotato Four), I can lose a lot of time there.

  5. Skylar Hartman
    on Feb 28th, 2011
    @ 6:57 PM


  6. Dave
    on Feb 28th, 2011
    @ 10:53 PM

    Hey, I have that desk lamp. This stuff reminds me that Brimfield is coming up in a few months.

  7. Billy
    on Mar 1st, 2011
    @ 7:54 AM

    Thanks for covering this. I was curious about 3P4′s barn sales. They def. have a great eye and their presentation of their merch. is fantastic. Space looks great too. Curious if the stuff is priced to move at the barn sales.

  8. Andrew
    on Mar 1st, 2011
    @ 8:50 AM

    March 26 & 27 are marked on my calendar for the next sale! Really great to know about Three Potato Four. Thanks Michael-

  9. Matt
    on Mar 1st, 2011
    @ 9:22 AM

    My heart just skipped a beat!

  10. pmg
    on Mar 1st, 2011
    @ 12:10 PM

    I wonder if, one day, people will consider my old macbook and ipod to be worthy of collection. perhaps if there were more patina on them.

  11. adrien
    on Mar 1st, 2011
    @ 12:43 PM

    If you are willing to go a little farther south, a great place to browse here in Baltimore is Housewerks. Prices are great, and it is all housed in the greatest old gas valve building.

  12. Jan
    on Mar 1st, 2011
    @ 2:33 PM

    Funny how there is that little bit of “Germania” between them – pic 12 shows some educational wall graphics in my mother tongue. Reminds me very much of a similar place near here, where I have seen one or another piece of American heritage.. although that place is way more cluttered and not sure if it sells anything.. but great, still.

  13. mike
    on Mar 1st, 2011
    @ 3:27 PM

    the seward speed shop fence post sign is so awesome

  14. Shawn
    on Mar 1st, 2011
    @ 8:48 PM


  15. Ferme Life
    on Mar 2nd, 2011
    @ 12:42 PM

    “I wonder if, one day, people will consider my old macbook and ipod to be worthy of collection. perhaps if there were more patina on them.”

    My wife took our Macbook to the Mac store a few years back to get the hard drive looked at (after it crashed a second time) and the “genius” gave a serious recommendation of trying to sell it to a museum. I though the comment was a little cheeky considering it was only 4 or 5 years old. Needless to say my wife was humiliated and we got a new computer.

  16. BreadandRoses2
    on Mar 6th, 2011
    @ 9:46 AM

    Looks like our basement sans cobwebs. Would love to have their building.

  17. Misty
    on Mar 26th, 2011
    @ 12:21 AM

    What a great store! Thanks for sharing.