If something seems just a little bit…off about Joe Ley Antiques, you’re not alone. The two-acre, three-story shop in Louisville oozes strangeness: leering mannequins, old coffins, empty coats of armor, rusty baby carriages, carnival salvage from the city’s defunct Fontaine Ferry Park, and spooky stained glass panels and church pews all factor into the collection. Wandering the basement sends chills down the spine. The building itself is more than a century old—a former schoolhouse so allegedly haunted, it is included on local ghost tours. Of course, for every creeptastic piece in owner Joe Ley’s collection, there are at least a dozen that won’t give you nightmares. Best of all, prices are not as outrageous as you’d expect. Come packing willpower, lest you walk out with an armload of vintage bowling pins, a red-white-and-blue barbershop pole, or a high school gymnasium scoreboard.
615 E. Market St., Louisville, KY; 502-583-4014.