In 1982, Pam Majors opened the store, drawing inspiration from what she knew. She really was a "Junkman's Daughter." Her dad had owned several salvage yards. The store specializes in a little bit of everything. A few years later, her brother Mark Garvon opened another location in Athens. (Credit: AJC file photos)

Junkman’s Daughter’s Brother reopens (again) in Athens

An on-again, off-again variety store is once again open in Athens. 

Mark Gavron, owner of Junkman’s Daughter’s Brother, has decided to reopen his store at 175 E. Clayton St., according to the Athens Banner-Herald.

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“I really enjoy what I do. It’s like Christmas every day for me when shipments of merchandise come in. It’s fun finding fun, new items all the time,” he told the newspaper.

In 2014, Garvon orginally announced he would close the popular shop, which sells an eclectic mix of clothing, gifts, posters and trinkets. 

That marked the end of a 28-year-run for the shop. However, it didn’t last long. 

In the time since, the store has had pop-up shops around town. Garvon told the Banner-Herald that it made him miss running the store. 

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The Athens store is an offshoot from the popular Junkman’s Daughter in Atlanta’s Little Five Points neighborhood, which — as the familial name suggest — was started by Garvon’s sister, Pam Majors.

These days, that location is run by Majors’ son.

The family business really did start with a junkman. Garvon’s dad owned several salvage yards when he was growing up, which inspired the eccentric stores.

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In the latest iteration of Garvon’s store, he is sharing space with Cillie’s Clothing store. 

He says, like the original, the selection has “something for everybody and something to offend everybody.”

In time for last-minute holiday shoppers, the store is open noon to 8 p.m. daily.

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