Pop-up vintage sale boasts quirky finds
What do old clawfoot bathtubs, trendy fedora hats, and a potato gun have in common? They can all be found at Wild Stuff, a pop-up vintage store that opened Jan. 14. Nestled away in Lawrenceville, Wild Stuff makes for a fun Saturday afternoon trip to find treasures big and small.
Wild Stuff is the result of three Lawrenceville stores — Wildcard, Botero Development, and Zombo Gallery — joining together to fill an unused storefront. The store is only open on Saturdays and will run while the storefront is available — so it will only be around until the end of March. It is located at 4300 Butler St., just across the street from Wildcard, which offers trinkets, cards, craft supplies, and more.
Brian Mendelssohn of Botero Development said that the pieces of furniture on sale “are from projects that we buy — houses and buildings.” This results in some great finds, such as washing machines from the 1920s to 1950s, which are currently selling for as low as a dollar each. According to Mendelssohn, customers often find creative uses for these machines, such as turning them into coolers or kegs.
Music and art are also prominently featured in the storefront, including pieces from Zombo Gallery, which closed down more than a year ago. Michael “Zombo” Devine, a well-known DJ who is currently a community DJ at WRCT, sells some of his radio shows in the form of stacks of CDs. Additionally, plenty of albums are on sale for a dollar apiece, ranging from The Beatles to Nine Inch Nails.
Eccentric items are in abundance at the pop-up sale. Baseball fans can pick up ex-Pirates player Jason Bay in bobblehead form for a dollar. Those looking for fun T-shirts — like one with a print of a Chihuahua sporting sunglasses — can find those too. Fridges, an old treadmill, guitars, and vintage roller skates are just a few more examples of the treasures one can find at the sale.
More practical items are available, too; there are plenty of winter coats on sale. For the college student on a budget, a $10 coat that you wouldn’t mind getting ruined or lost at a party isn’t a bad idea. Framed record label covers, handmade lanterns, and twinkling Christmas lights would all make any living space livelier.
Most of the items are displayed in some semblance of order on tables, but in some areas, sifting through trinkets is required for finding quirky treasures; this is all part of the fun of going to an unconventional vintage store.
As for why the sale is dubbed “pop-up”?
“It pops up, grabs you by the ankles, [and] shakes out all the loose change,” Zombo joked.