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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.

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!

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

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

Library Story Hour in the New Ken Community Garden, July 10, 11AM

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

Book your own workshop in our classroom:

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

Toast the holidays and Handmade Arcade!

Monday, December 3rd, 2012


Handmade Arcade 2012 is December 8th

Ciroc tumblers and vases - oh la la la la

Find us at Handmade Arcade on Saturday, December 8th at the David Lawrence Convention Center.  The show runs from 11AM – 7PM.  Fresh Heirlooms will be showcasing our collection of glassware made from reclaimed bottles, like the Ciroc vodak collection (above).  Check out  or this nifty article in the Trib for more!

Please note that Fresh Heirlooms’ New Kensington showroom is CLOSED on Sat., Dec. 8, as we attend Handmade Arcade.  Our regular Holiday Hours are:
Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-5, Sun. 11-4.
We will be open on Christmas Eve 10am – 1pm.

get creative this summerGet bit by the creativity bug? Check out our list of classes and workshops for grown-ups and kiddos who are looking to make something this summer.

JUST ADDED: Papermaking workshop at the Lower Burrell People’s Library for children up to 3rd  grade.  Register via People’s Library.

Click here to see the complete list of what we’ve cooked up or read on for descriptions and registration information.

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Chili with the Works

Monday, April 9th, 2012

I Made it Market - Chili with the Works

Three cheers for chili and the arts!  Visit Fresh Heirlooms at  Chili with the Works 2012 on Saturday, April 14th.  We are joining more than 50 artists and vendors selling homemade wares as part of another inspiring I Made It! Market

Find us at the SouthSide Works {inside the space at 510 S. 27th Street – at the corner of Sidney and 27th Streets} on April 14th from 12 – 5 PM.

Shop and stroll the outside chili festival where more than 20 local restaurants will offer tastes of their best, slowest cooked, flavorful chili with the best offering judged by you! There will also be live entertainment throughout the day.

P.S.: Fresh Heirlooms’ New Kensington location will be closed on Saturday, April 14th.  We are open Friday, April 13, 11AM – 6PM.  Stop on in!

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New stuff for a new year

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Stash your winter goods in our stylish container made from reclaimed metals.
Stash your winter goods in our stylish container made from reclaimed metals.

We’ve added a lot of new items to our inventory, like Valentine’s day vases created from reclaimed wine bottles.  We also have new handmade creations, like this unique container made from radiator grating and a film canister, as well as fresh industrial vintage finds.

Click here to see our list of WORKSHOPS, as well as a FREE-TUITION OFFER!

Healthy Home for the Holidays

Monday, December 5th, 2011
Be healthy for the holidays

Women for a Healthy Environment educates and empowers women to make healthy choices. Visit their link to learn more about WHE's mission.

Please consider joining Fresh Heirlooms and Women for a Healthy Environment on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at Pittsburgh Public Market.  Visit the market located on Smallman Street (between 16th and 17th Streets) in the Strip District from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm to visit local businesses who offer fun, safe and creative gifts for the holiday season.

Wood toys, sustainable home furnishings, soy candles, and natural bath and beauty products are just a few of the items that will be available at the Healthy Home for the Holidays show.    Fresh Heirlooms will offer creatively reused, handmade home accents, like beer-bottle drinking glasses, jewelry boxes made from Reader’s Digest condensed books, ornaments made from recycled materials, and more!

Admission to the market is free.  We hope you will be able to join us and celebrate the season!

Fresh Heirlooms’ New Kensington location will be CLOSED on Saturday, Dec. 10.  Visit us on Friday, Dec. 9 from 10 -6 or Sunday, Dec. 11 from 11 – 4.