Drysink Huch circa 1870 in original paint
For the past 30 years, owners David and Marie Kaufman have offered their customers a wide variety of country furnishing and accessories.
Each year Marie and David go on buying trips, spending weeks searching for and purchasing pieces that many buyers would never find. They feature a wide selection of English Canadian, French Canadian, Doukhabor,Mennonite and Hutterite furnishings. They have recently added many antiques from Russia and eastern Europe "We spend a lot of time buying stock that's hard to find," says co-owner David Kaufman. "For so many people, finding exactly the right piece is difficult. They can get discouraged or frustrated by the search. We make the search easier and our customers can make more and better purchases."
At any given time, Junktiques 3,000-sq. ft. store, in Calgary's historical Inglewood district, is filled with an array of sought-after, unusual and eclectic furniture, architectural rarities, carpenters workbenches and accessories.
David has always collected cobalt decorated stoneware and therefore there is always an excellent selection to choose from.
To meet the constant demand for furnishings that capture the personality and spirit of the past, Junktiques offer its 'Created by Us' collection of reproduction furniture. Hand made with mortise and tenon construction, every 'Created by Us' piece is an original; many are built to customer specifications.
"What we don't have we can make for people, often using old wood, doors, moldings and hardware," says co-owner Marie Kaufman. "Our custom made pieces allow people to create a piece that will fit perfectly in their home or to add drawers and shelves and other features that fit their exact needs.Once the 'Created by Us' piece is built it is finished to our clients request and that varies from a stain colour to an antique painted finishes to faux finishes".
The Kaufmans' products, expertise and service -- plus the couple's friendly quirky sense of humor -- has earned Junktiques a loyal following. Their customers include not only ardent and casual collectors, but movie and television set designers, restaurateurs, hoteliers and businesses throughout North America.