Archie McPhee, located at the west end of Ballard, is a legendary and entirely unique shopping experience. Looking for that tiny plastic baby you remember from your childhood? You'll find it at Archie's, along with an ocean's worth of plastic marine life, parachuters (remember them?) cake toppers, stickers, clickers, clappers, snappers--anything you can think of.
Not to reduce Archie's to only their incredibly assortment of small, random plastic toys, they are also home to the world's best collection of alternative action figurines (Jesus, Albino Bowler, Barista, Beethoven, Edgar Allen Poe...honestly, that is just the beginning), including the flagship figurine--the Librarian, modeled after famed Seattle librarian and author Nancy Pearl.
Recently expanded into two buildings, be sure NOT to miss the second Archie McPhee, located across the parking lot from the original. Looking for a giant cardboard cake to jump out of for your next party? You can rent it at Archie's! Also in the second building is a great collection of vinyl fabrics, assorted bathmats and shower curtains (meat, cowboy, pirate...).
Beloved by Seattle, Archie's is definitely worth checking out. Be sure to give yourself at least and hour and a half to explore all of Archie's nooks and crannys, and bring your sense of humor!