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Returning to Magic: United House Wrecking

  • May 05, 2019
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I dragged fellow author Carrie V. Nelkin with me to what I considered a treasure trove of inspiration: United House Wrecking, in Stamford, Connecticut. I had written about them before but I wanted to go back and buy a doorknob.

Yes, a doorknob. Something small that would remind me of this place. I think of it as Aladdin’s cave, an emporium of wonder and beauty and sometimes plain weirdness. It’s no wonder I feel at home. Where else can you find doors like these?

Or a jade ship, ready to sail into mystical waters?

Here’s a closeup of one section. I was in awe at the detail.

Wandering around outside and dodging between life-sized lions and griffins, I found the whimsical peeking out.

In case you’re wondering, yes, I found my doorknob. I see a story in its metal but it’s content to sit quietly on my table until I’m ready.

There’s something for everyone and at all prices. (Oh, and the people are nice, too.)

Follow them on Instagram at unitedhousewrecking.


  • Jan • May 6, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Interesting place – thanks for introducing it!

  • J. M. Levinton • May 6, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    You’re welcome! It’s a place I wish I could get to more often.

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