Exciting Ending and Bright Beginning

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Noel from Fresh Heirlooms!

Fresh Heirlooms is extending our holiday shopping hours and offering deep discounts on last-minute treasures!

Find us daily through Dec. 23rd, 10AM – 2PM.

We are thrilled to be a part of First Night Pittsburgh, our favorite family-friendly way to say hello to a brand new year!  Find our “Scrap-Fabric Factory” at the CAPA Gallery in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.

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12.06.14: HA

Monday, December 1st, 2014


Our location at 887 5th Ave. in New Kensington will be CLOSED on Sat., Dec. 6th, as we make our annual trek to Handmade Arcade.
We will be showcasing our reclaimed glassware alongside tons of other creative artists and craftspeople vending their wares.  Finish off (or start!) your Christmas list and support local micro-businesses!


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Tinker with us.

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Be part of a Tinker Tank at Fresh Heirlooms

A hands-on approach to a “think tank” and friendlier than a “shark tank,” Fresh Heirlooms’ Tinker Tanks are an opportunity to explore a new medium, receive encouragement and feedback, and build your own heirloom to take home and treasure!

10/16: Tinker with paper collage.  From the French word “coller,” meaning “to glue,” collage is a great medium with which to tinker without fear.  We’ll bust out the glue sticks and scads of paper scraps and help you cut and snip your way to a clever composition.

10/23: Tinker with fabric collage.  The stakes are raised as we open our overstuffed vault of fabric scraps and samples.  This session, we explore how fusible web and hand-stitching can aid us in creating a warm and fuzzy work of art.

11/06: Tinker with assemblage art.  Often referred to as 3D collage, assemblage art relies on found objects, trinkets, and mixed-media magic to create a layered creation that that tells a story or simply looks stunning.  Bring momentos to build a personalized creation.

RESERVE YOUR SPACE HERE.  We recommend preregistration as spaces are limited.

Questions?  Email Lindsay [at] FreshHeirlooms [dot] com for more info.

Heirlooms of a Different Sort

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Rain or shine, sun or snow, we love turning other people’s trash  into fresh, family heirlooms.  But, it wouldn’t be summer at Fresh Heirlooms without mentioning the New Kensington Community Garden, of which we are a proud partner.  Below is an image of a veggie care package, recently donated to residents of a local senior housing community.   Also pictured is another kind of “fresh heirloom” –  delicious red, green, and orange tomatoes, including many heirloom varieties grown by our own Farmer Joe himself!
veggie donationtomatoes from nk gardenWine bottle vases at Fresh Heirlooms

Accessorize your own garden finds with some of our wine-bottle vases or tiered mismatched plates!

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Call for artists in our new Marketplace

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Fresh Heirlooms Marketplace is coming this springFresh Heirlooms is thrilled to announce Fresh Heirlooms Marketplace, a two-weekend event held at our indoor showroom this spring!  The Fresh Heirlooms Marketplace will feature unique wares handmade by local and regional artisans and crafters.

Friday, March 21, 2014: 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Saturday, March 22, 2014: 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Sunday, March 23, 2014: 11:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Friday, March 28, 2014: 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Saturday, March 29, 2014: 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Sunday, March 30, 2014:  11:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

BE A VENDOR: Our vendors are invited to help us transform our showroom into a bustling market through creatively outfitting your vendor booth with fixtures, signage, and staging that will show off your creativity as well as enhance and sell your products.  View the application here.

We are also interested in working with local musicians and non-profit organizations. If you/your band/your organization is interested in being a part of the event, contact Lindsay [at] FreshHeirlooms [dot] com by Feb. 21.

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Shop small. Shop local. Shop HANDMADE!

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Fresh Heirlooms invites you to shop smart this holiday season through supporting your neighborhood small businesses and local craftspeople.
Zero-waste bottle top ornamentWrapped glassware at FHCelebration cork tray and carafe
We are open this holiday season Thu. & Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-4, and Sun. 12-4.
We are closed on Thanksgiving Day, but we are offering freebies on Black Friday and free totes on Small Business Saturday.  ALSO:


Can’t make it to our New Kensington showroom?  Plan to visit us and 150 other vendors for the 10th annual Handmade Arcade event, which will feature our reclaimed glassware collection and other spirited creations.

Knock on our wreath-studded door; check out our Facebook page for regular updates; and see Pinterest for more holiday inspiration!


Thursday, November 7th, 2013
Win this set of 4 glasses made from beer bottles.

Enter our drawing to win a free set of 4 reclaimed beer-bottle drinking glasses.

PENN STATE NEW KENSINGTON’S Principles of Marketing students have taken an interest in improving Fresh Heirlooms for you!  To that end, please click on the link below to take their 20-question customer-profile survey.  In exchange for your 2-4 minutes of survey-taking time, you may enter to win a set of reclaimed glasses, perfect for holiday entertaining.


Then, bring a printout of your survey receipt (the last page of the survey) to Fresh Heirlooms to be entered in our drawing.

(Or email your screenshot and contact info. to Lindsay [at] FreshHeirlooms.com.)  No purchase necessary.  Survey expires 11/21/2013.  No purchase is necessary to enter drawing.  One entry/survey per person (adults 18 and over only) please.  Surveys are also available for completion at Fresh Heirlooms, 887 5th Ave., New Kensington, PA.  Winner will be notified by 11/29/13.  Prize must be claimed in-store; no shipping or delivery available.

Thursday & Friday, 10-6
Saturday, 10-4
Sunday, 12-4

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Gift-making workshops

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Join Fresh Heirlooms for a series of handmade gift-making workshops this November.  Or, shop our creative-reuse showroom for unique gifts made from reclaimed and repurposed materials.


Fresh Heirlooms holiday shopping hours (Nov. 2 – Dec. 22): Thursday & Friday 10-6; Saturday 10-4; Sunday 12-4
(Closed Thanksgiving day; OPEN for Black Friday and Small-Business Saturday specials; OPEN Dec. 23 & 24th 10am – 2pm) 


Gift-making workshops:

(Space is limited — Register now!)
Make Tags, Cards, & More, Nov. 2, 10am-4pm: Use reclaimed materials to create unique trimmings for your holiday packages.  A free drop-in activity in celebration of New Kensington Winter Festival Market
Give Cash Cleverly, Nov. 9, 1-2:30pm: Craft your own bar of soap embedded with your gift of money; then use reclaimed paper such as comic books to make a functional wallet perfect for presenting a gift card or cash. ($30 fee)  REGISTER
Sweetie Pie Gifts, Nov. 16, 1-2:30pm: Concoct your own scented sugar scrub to give; then use cut, reclaimed bottles to create a sweet-lover’s personalized candy dish. ($35 fee)  REGISTER
Boot Camp, Nov. 17, 1-4pm: Make all projects from Give Cash Cleverly and Sweetie Pie Gifts! ($55 fee)  REGISTER



Make it a Fresh Heirlooms Summer!

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

We are teaching around town all summer long!  Join us:

The sun is out at Fresh Heirlooms

A vase made from a reclaimed wine bottle is perfect for summer blooms!

Drawing for Kids (ages 7-11), June 17-20, 9:30AM – noon
@WCCC New Kensington Education Center
Register: 724-925-4204

Daring Designers (grades 5-8), June 24-28, 9AM – noon
@ Penn State New Kensington
Register: http://www.nk.psu.edu

Wacky Art Gardens (grades 2-5), June 18, 2-3:30PM
@ People’s Library New Kensington
Register: www.PeoplesLibrary.org

Library Story Hour in the New Ken Community Garden, July 10, 11AM
Register: www.PeoplesLibrary.org

Dig into Drawing (grades 2-5), July 27, 11AM – 12:30PM
@People’s Library New Kensington
Register: www.PeoplesLibrary.org

Book your own workshop in our classroom: Lindsay@FreshHeirlooms.com

Our summer shopping hours are Fri. & Sat. 10AM – 2PM
887 5th Ave. @ 9th St. in New Kensington

We are on Pinterest!

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Have you been looking for some fantastic ideas to put your scraps, odds and ends, doodads, and non-recyclables to good use?  Check out our Reuse Not Refuse pin board for lots of great ideas.

And while you are there, take a look at what you are in store for with out Pin Party!

Come down and check out our Pin Party on April 13 1-5pm