Old Brick House Vintage Market to Open in Downtown Mesa February 13

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Courtesy of Old Brick House Vintage Market
Good news, Mesa, and anyone looking for an East Valley alternative to Phoenix's Melrose District: You're getting a new addition to the downtown scene. That's thanks to Old Brick House Vintage Market, which opens this week at 37 West Main Street.

Kalli Gleave, one of the main creators of the new shop, has been in the vintage business for about two years. She started by holding little markets in her front yard until they became too big and she had to start looking into commercial spaces to rent for her shows.

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"It got to the point where people would ask, 'How do we find out about you?' cause it was just kind of sporadic," Gleave says. "So I got some of my friends who did it with me and we decided we would just find a permanent spot."

There are six women who make up Old Brick House Vintage Market, and their styles are all very different, which is one reason they all work well together, she says.

"I have one friend who's very industrial, a lot of her stuff is almost like the Restoration Hardware style, and then another one of us is really primitive," she says. "And we have another friend who's very French, and everything's white and bright, and I'm more shabby chic. We kind of have our specialties and we know what we're looking for when we're shopping."

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Courtesy of Old Brick House Vintage Market
Gleave says that she and her partners all try to look for pieces that are already finished or ready to go in their present state because restoration projects can become overwhelming.

"Occasionally we do find a super-awesome antique piece, and we'll paint it," she says. "Or if we find something that kind of needs a new life but we like the style of it, we'll just wax it or sass it up a bit if we can."

Gleave says that getting into this market has been great for her family, which includes her husband and two kids younger than 5.

"It's nice 'cause it was something I could do with my kids," she says. "I can take them shopping with me and on trips, and my husband actually enjoys it, too. When we take our family trips we take our truck and we always come home with a truck-full."

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talia
talia

so exciting! mesa really needs some life downtown.

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