Inside Business: Junk Giant opens second location in downtown Fargo

FARGO -- Junk Giant grew too big for its space.The antique, record and vintage furnishings store at 1304 13th Ave. S. has split in two.The original location now houses only records and vintage stereo equipment and it'll be renamed Vinyl Giant onc...
Aaron Swinkels and Erica Sponsler opened Junk Giant, 1304 13th Ave. S., Fargo, in mid-September. A new downtown location opened recently. Forum File Photo

FARGO - Junk Giant grew too big for its space.

The antique, record and vintage furnishings store at 1304 13th Ave. S. has split in two.

The original location now houses only records and vintage stereo equipment and it'll be renamed Vinyl Giant once a new logo is ready, says owner Aaron Swinkels, who operates the stores with girlfriend and business partner Erica Sponsler. The couple also started Plain State Farm, a sustainable, seasonal flower farm in Moorhead.

Dividing the store between two locations creates better shopping experiences for customers, Swinkels says.

The antiques, furniture, jewelry and other "junk" is being sold at the new location at 303 Broadway, Suite B, Fargo, and retains the Junk Giant name.

The records and stereo system business took off shortly after Junk Giant opened in mid-September. The stereos and 7,000-plus vinyl records were crowding out the rest of the store's goods.

"There's this huge resurgence in it (vinyl and vintage audio equipment) and even young people are really connecting with music and it's really cool," Swinkels says. "The space was just really too small for some of the high-end pieces that we have. They needed space to be shown."

The new downtown store is accessible from street level, but located in the basement of 303 Broadway between The Toasted Frog and Sammy's Pizza. Swinkels will have a sign by the door soon so customers know where to go.

For more information about Junk Giant and Vinyl Giant, call (509) 990-9973 or visit www.Facebook.com/JunkGiant.