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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.

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:

HANDMADE ARCADE

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

 

 

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!

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!

 

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:
Lindsay@FreshHeirlooms.com

Old vacuum tubes reinvented to deck your halls

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

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. 

Green-Gift Ideas

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
Holiday table setting at Fresh Heirlooms

This setting features a handmade tiered plate and napkin rings made from Grandma's buttons.

We just added a new album of green-gift ideas to our Facebook page.  Click below to check out images of our handmade products, like vacuum-tube ornaments, scrap wood photo holders, light-globe centerpieces, and trays made from reclaimed materials.  While you’re there, become our Facebook fan. 

And remember, everything in the photos is here at our showroom at 
887 5th Ave. in New Kensington, PA. 

Our holiday hours are:
Fri. & Sat., 10AM – 6PM; Sun. 11AM – 4PM

Click here to view our photos on Facebook. 

Holidays in the Rough at Fresh Heirlooms, New Kensington

Ready or not, we’re opening the doors to our “showroom in progress” at our new New Kensington location, beginning Friday, Nov. 25.  Our collection of handmade, creatively reused home accent pieces includes some of the old favorites, a few new creations, and even the work of other local artists, too. 

While you’re in the neighborhood, treasure-hunt for unique, vintage, and antique gifts at  handful of shops just steps from our door!  Hartman’s Second-Hand Store is also celebrating its opening day, just across the street.  We’d love to see you!

Our holiday hours Nov. 25th through Dec. 24th:
Friday & Saturday, 10AM – 6PM
Sunday, 11AM – 4PM

Drinking glasses made from reclaimed Kombucha tea bottles

Party of four? Never forget whose glass is whose. Best of all, these glasses are made from reclaimed Kombucha tea bottles. Click to see more images!