Vintage markets are spreading like wildfire — think Phoenix’s Sweet Salvage or WestWorld’s Junk in the Trunk — but until recently, the East Valley didn’t have a permanent presence on Arizona’s shabby chic shopping circuit. That changes with today’s opening of the Old Brick House Vintage Market in downtown Mesa.
Housed in an historic brick warehouse, this once-a-month event (held every second Thursday through Saturday) features a hodgepodge collection of shabby chic, industrial and vintage treasures.
“There’s absolutely nothing like it in Mesa,” says East Valley native Kalli Gleave, one of the market’s six owners. “I go to Phoenix all the time to shop. We felt like Mesa needed something to go to...an event people will look forward to all month long.”
The market, which Gleave and her associates modeled after Sweet Salvage in Central Phoenix, represents Gleave’s passion for unique treasures you wouldn’t find anywhere else. The mother of two little boys wasn’t always interested in this style, though. Her love for vintage began when she and her husband moved into an old home near downtown Mesa.
“My house is what got me into a love of vintage,” she says. “It’s an old house with wood floors. That’s when I decided to go with the vintage/shabby look. I kept bringing things home and then started to sell my extra stuff.”
That overflow gave Gleave the inventory she needed to start doing occasional markets, but it wasn’t until she teamed up with childhood neighbor, Sue Westbrook, and a quartet of friends and acquaintances, that Old Brick House Vintage Market started to materialize.
“There’s six of us, and we all have our own styles,” Gleave says. “It all works together.”
Personally Gleave gravitates toward old, “primitive pieces,” she says. “I’m not a huge fan of making things look old. I’m much more a treasure hunter — not a recycler.”
Gleave’s sensibilities combined with those of her teammates creates the variety you’ll find at this weekend’s market in Mesa. And even if you’re not looking for a particular objet d’art, you might want to check it out to see if this new vintage spot is all it’s cracked up to be.
IF YOU GO
What: Old Brick House Vintage Market
When: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, and Saturday, Feb. 15
Where: 37 W. Main St., Mesa
Cost: Free admission
Information: Search for them on Facebook.com
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