Barn Burner

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 on “Barn Burner

    mistermidwesteron February 28, 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.

    Ye Ole Generalon February 28, 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.

    Brianon February 28, 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.

    Ye Ole Generalon February 28, 2011 @ 6:01 PM:

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

    Skylar Hartmanon February 28, 2011 @ 6:57 PM:


    Daveon February 28, 2011 @ 10:53 PM:

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

    Billyon March 1, 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.

    Andrewon March 1, 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-

    Matton March 1, 2011 @ 9:22 AM:

    My heart just skipped a beat!

    pmgon March 1, 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.

    adrienon March 1, 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.

    Janon March 1, 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.

    mikeon March 1, 2011 @ 3:27 PM:

    the seward speed shop fence post sign is so awesome

    Shawnon March 1, 2011 @ 8:48 PM:


    Ferme Lifeon March 2, 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.

    BreadandRoses2on March 6, 2011 @ 9:46 AM:

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

    Mistyon March 26, 2011 @ 12:21 AM:

    What a great store! Thanks for sharing.

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