By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Nov 26, 2018 at 1:03 PM Photography: Royal Brevvaxling

Milwaukee is filled with hidden retail gems boasting unique collections of housewares, clothing, jewelry and one-of-a-kind gift items. In this series, we're highlighting some of the best of the bunch and giving you all the information you need to shop smarter while supporting local artisans and business owners.

BC Modern
900 S. 5th St., (414) 737-3745
Social Media: @bcmodernmke

Eric Lewis has been a professional auctioneer with Brew City Auctions since 2001 and earlier this year he opened BC Modern to share some of his finest finds with the public.

"Everything in the shop is from people who were either downsizing or moving. Nothing is from a thrift store," says Lewis.

Lewis, who also buys wares from walk-in customers, refers to the shop as "a really eclectic pop-up shop" that features furniture, home goods, art, clothing, toys, knickknacks, records, stereo equipment, classic signs, holiday / seasonal items and more. 

"I'm looking for stuff from the '50s, '60s and '70s or anything else that's weird and eclectic," he says. "If I can look at it and wonder where I'm gonna find another one that's usually a good reason to buy it."

Find unique gifts for: Anyone on your list with a penchant for vintage items, vinyl and art collectors, Midcentury Modern home decorators, kids and more.

Treat yourself to: This old-school Pioneer hi-fi. Seriously, we almost snagged it ourselves.

Here are more treasures to discover at BC Modern:


BC Modern is open primarily on weekends. Check the Facebook page for hours.

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.