|His place is now popular for filming movies, for buying special pieces for decorating restaurants like TGI Fridays and for restoration projects.
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As an orphan who had no toys and was passed around unwanted from family to family, Joe Ley bought up all the old toys he could find – dolls, carousel horses, sleds, cradles – when he grew up. He bought up junk other people were discarding during urban renewal in the ‘50s and refurbished some of it to sell. All of this and far more – old posters, records, dishes, furniture, jewelry, chandeliers, doors, hardware, musical instruments, military memorabilia– is now crammed into his 1890s three-story red brick former schoolhouse and yard in Louisville.
“As time passed, what once was junk became very collectible,” he said.