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Wild Stuff, a new pop-up vintage sale, opened in Lawrenceville on Saturday. A partnership between Wildcard, Botero Development, and Zombo Gallery, the Saturday-only event features a range of items including original art, clothing, tiki glasses, vintage typewriters, scavenged building materials, and furniture.
Brian Mendelssohn, of Botero Development
, says he and his fellow collaborators were brainstorming uses for the vacant storefront when they identified a common thread: basements, closets, and warehouses filled with vintage and historical items, and works of art.
Mendelssohn says because Botero Development acquires many historic buildings in Lawrenceville, he has accumulated a plethora of items, such as historic light fixtures, cast iron bath tubs, and other random building supplies, that are currently in demand.
“We want everything to go to a good home as opposed to throwing it away,” Mendelssohn says.
hosts an annual vintage sale at their Lawrenceville boutique, but are able to display many more items in the Wild Stuff storefront. Since 2009 Wildcard has sold the city’s best in handmade goods, such as t-shirts, stationary, buttons, and greeting cards.
And although Zombo Gallery
officially closed a year and a half ago, Zombo still has many works of art (offered here at lower prices), vintage musical instruments, plus tons of music and mixes from the Zombo’s Record Party radio show.
Located at 4300 Butler Street in the former Arsenal Bank building, the sale will continue on Saturdays only, from 11a.m. to 7p.m., through March 31st.
Mendelssohn says a long-term tenant will take over the space after the final Wild Stuff sale.
And although billed as a Pop-Up Vintage Sale, Wild Stuff is not to be confused with Project Pop-Up: Downtown
, an initiative between the Mayor and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership which is transforming vacant storefronts into active art installations, stores, and eateries.
Writer: Andrew Moore
Source: Brian Mendelssohn, Botero Development; Matthew Buchholz, Wildcard