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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!

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
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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

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!

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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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!

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!

A Classroom is Born.

Monday, September 19th, 2011
New classroom space at Fresh Heirlooms

Even without tables, our classroom space is already an ideal spot for crafting!

The room in our building that once held our bicycles, empty cardboard boxes, and an old lab table on nasty red carpet is just about ready to seat you in a Fresh Heirlooms workshop!

Join us by appointment beginning in October to learn how to “sandblast your trash.”  Bring glass jars, bottles, and vessels from your recycle bin or overflowing kitchen cupboards and learn to create permanent, original designs on them.

These handmade and functional works of art make great holiday gifts!   Learn more here!