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Posts Tagged ‘vintage’

Thrift Store Divas

Photos and content by Tina Franco

Thrift stores, secondhand shops and vintage boutiques continue to open new locations throughout Arizona, offering an opportunity for savvy shoppers to experience the thrill of the fabulous find while feeling good about being eco-conscious. We asked the women featured here to share some of their favorite outfits with us and to explain why they choose to shop the gently used market. Read more

August 4, 2014 6:30 am

By Michelle Talsma Everson

Like most material items, many of our favorite pieces of jewelry have a shelf life. Clasps break, stones fall out of their settings, a pair of earrings separates from one another, and some pieces just experience the wear and tear of time. Yet, each of the pieces is still unique; each still tells a story; each is still valuable in its own way. To some jewelry artists, this is where upcycling comes in.

Upcycling is “taking something that you would otherwise throw out and finding a way to make it into something else,” according to To three Valley jewelry makers, it means taking vintage jewelry pieces and using them to create new ones.


Trish Burnett, The Trinket Emporium

For nearly a decade, Trish Burnett has breathed new life into broken jewelry and other “awesome finds.” What started as a casual passion for browsing antique and thrift shops has since morphed into an impressive collection of necklaces, earrings, and more on her Etsy and Facebook pages. Some of her one-of-a-kind items include her dainty bulb necklaces and movement pieces. To Burnett, it’s all about giving each piece a second chance.

“We’re living in a day where you get less and pay more for it. Things aren’t made like they used to be,” she says. “Being able to take something that was an important part of someone’s life at one time and let it live on in something beautiful that can be appreciated every day is why I do this.”

Looking toward the future, she hopes to eventually expand her passion even further, reaching even more people.

“I hope to one day have a physical store location for The Emporium that will house not only my handmade and upcycled bits, but also handmade and original pieces from other local and international artists, as well as vintage clothing and other finds that deserve to be loved and used today.”

Photos by Jessica Frieling 

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May 21, 2013 6:30 am

Thrift store shopping, garage sales, and dumpster diving are just part of the job for seasoned theatre prop masters. Set design is a trash-to-treasure world where one prop master’s detailed picture frame is another prop master’s table molding.

Theatre companies have been repurposing furniture, bedding, and other materials for decades.

Photos courtesy of Phoenix Theatre

Katie McNamara, resident properties designer at Phoenix Theatre for the last six years, said, “Theatre was described to me as a disposable art, in the sense that it wasn’t like painting a picture where it’s something you want to last forever. It’s something you bring in, you create, and then you take it back apart and put it back together again.” Read more

November 15, 2012 9:00 am

How going green can add a warmth and charm to your home.

. Hood made from reclaimed water tank (cut neatly and reformed) acquired from a salvage yard in Page, AZ.

2. Reclaimed French firebrick ceiling and stone walls; interior and exterior.

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September 11, 2012 10:44 am

If you’re rummaging around thrift stores, antique markets, and garage sales for your upcoming wedding, you can easily find fabulous personalized touches. Treasures such as vintage silver-plated tea sets, sugar bowls, and candy dishes are easy finds, inexpensive and oh-so-elegant wedding décor. As a greener alternative to an event typically filled with items that will end up in the landfill, seeking out used decor adds a dash of something soulful to your wedding day.

Photography by Raymond James, I Do Studio

Like every bride-to-be, I spent months agonizing over wedding plans – living and dying by the budget. I will say that nothing I had experienced in my professional life would prepare me for the realities of planning a wedding. The average wedding today costs anywhere from $25,000 to $50,000 and some luxe weddings even double and triple that amount. Read more

April 9, 2012 9:32 am

By Chad Hays

That shiny new version of Barbie as a glam mermaid is only exciting until the newer and shinier mermaid Barbie hits the stores, but vintage dolls have a timeless charm that makes them worth holding on to for many years.  Whether it’s old porcelain dolls, a decades-old Barbie or Raggedy Ann and Andy, vintage dolls are worth checking out. Read more

May 6, 2011 4:05 am

By Barbi Walker

Phoenix is at the forefront of a major trend toward vintage furnishings – a trend as hot and hip as the Rat Pack in their heyday.  Today, vintage isn’t just an affordable way for homeowners to add style to their homes.  Businesses and interior designers are embracing the trend for the style, minimal environmental impact and affordability.  Start your journey for all things vintage by taking a drive south of Camelback Road along 7th Avenue’s “vintage-esque” Melrose Place.  You’ll experience a piece of Phoenix’s history and get a glimpse at the cutting edge of design. Read more

December 15, 2010 9:54 pm