Spring clean!

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Bewitching Brew soaps are hot, hot, hot!Good-bye, winter; hello, hot!

Just in time for your spring self-cleaning, Bewitching Brew Soaps have arrived at Fresh Heirlooms.

Wash away winter’s chilly wrath with creative, cruelty-free scents like “Hot Stuff” (right).

Check out these soaps, bath teas, and enchanting bath salts as well Fresh Heirlooms’ regular supply of creatively reused home accents this spring:

Fridays & Saturdays 10AM – 2PM

We’re cooking up some springtime events, too, so stay tuned!

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 www.HandmadeArcade.com  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.

Thoughtful gifts galore

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Santa's Workshop at Fresh Heirlooms

Holiday Hours: Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-5, Sun. 11-4

Need a gift made with TLC?

Fresh Heirlooms is “Thoughtful-Gift Central.”

GIVE a gift for under $25, such as:
- a funky vase made from a reclaimed liquor bottle
- a duo of scented soaps made by a local artisan
- a desk clock made in the USA from reused bike chain
- a birdhouse created from recycled candy wrappers.

RECEIVE satisfaction knowing that your gift:
-supports small business and our local economy.
-creates opportunity for talented local artists and crafters.
-keeps American workers employed
-provides living wages and safe working conditions for artisans in developing countries.
-supports sustainability through the REUSE of materials.
-was handmade with LOVE!

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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Is your mom seedy?

Friday, May 4th, 2012
Sets of 3 handmade paper cards and 3 matching envelopes are available at Fresh Heirlooms.

Just in time for Mom’s day, we finished up a batch of handmade paper embedded with wildflower seeds.  Sold in sets of three (with matching envelopes), these pretty and practical cards can be written on, sent, and then planted in the ground or in a pot to sprout and blossom. 

We made the paper itself with our used printer and copier paper, so it is truly the ultimate recycling. 
Stop by to pick up your set or send your seedy mom on in!


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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Calling All Kids . . .

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Kids creating at Fresh HeirloomsFresh Heirlooms is offering some exciting and imaginative programming for little ones this spring and summer! 

Up  next: Join us on Saturday, March 17th at the Pittsburgh Public Market for a special class!

Crafts from Grandma’s “ARTtic”

Explore a trunk full of treasures from Grandma’s Attic as you invent new ways to use old materials in an art project all your own.  Create and recreate sculptures made from unwanted fabrics, trinkets, and surprise materials while tinkering with how structures stand up and stay together, how parts move, and how one Grandma’s trash is another kid’s artful treasure!  Each participant will complete one “Fresh Heirloom” to take home.

Class date: Saturday, March 17th, 1:30PM
Age range: Ages 7 – 10
Class cost: $8/ child
Register through Pittsburgh Public Market or email us for more details.

We are also leading summer camps in New Kensington.  Coming this June: Camp Creative at Westmoreland County Community College – New Kensington Education Center.  In July, Daring Designers will run at Penn State New Kensington.  Adults can also join us at WCCC for an exciting “cameraless film” class, too!  Stay tuned.

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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!

the NEWK

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

The NEWK, our favorite local blog, gives you an insider’s look at New Kensington, PA and the areas that surround it.  The NEWK covers everything from event and restaurant reviews to local personality profiles and news updates.
Today’s post is about Fresh Heirlooms!  Thanks to our friends at the NEWK!the NEWK blogClick the image to view the post!

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A dose of holiday inspiration . . .

Sunday, December 18th, 2011
safety pin christmas tree

We found this enchanting Christmas tree -- tucked away on a shelf of mismatched dinner plates, rusty tools, and years-old bric-a-brac-- across the street at Paul's Second Hand Store. A crafter from way back created it using beads and safety pins, and it has been inspiring us daily!

Find thoughtful, handmade green gifts this holiday season at Fresh Heirlooms.
Visit Sunday, December 18 11 AM – 4 PM
Friday, December 23, 10 AM – 6 PM
& Christmas Eve, 10AM = 1 PM
Email to visit this week by appointment, any time:

Old vacuum tubes reinvented to deck your halls

Old beer bottles becoming drinking glasses . . . and awaiting you to get you nog on