The Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer is a bi-annual event that showcases local and regional vendors selling vintage home goods, furniture, clothes, and other collectibles.
Started in 2011, this event typically takes place in the spring and fall and combines dozens of vintage vendors, DJs, drinks, and food to make one memorable and fun event.
A Different Kind of Morning Out
Our first Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer experience was in April 2018 when the event was held in the Teamsters Hall in Lawrenceville. We arrived early in the morning and the place was already packed. After paying the $5 admission, we ventured into the maze that spanned two floors to explore and shop.
There was a huge range of types of items for sale, everything from dishes and kitchen gadgets to kids' toys and dolls. Items were carefully curated and presented – this event wasn't like a garage sale or flea market, but rather like a proper vintage shop.
We particularly loved some of the retro furniture for sale from vendors like Who New? Retro Mod Decor. Other favorites were a huge collection of vintage tiki mugs and some cool carpet bag purses. The vendors seemed very willing to negotiate- many said they could work with us on prices, but we exhibited severe restraint and didn't purchase anything.
We noted that some vendors accepted credit cards while others were cash only, so to avoid being disappointed we would recommend bringing sufficient cash.
Local Pittsburgh Vendors Rock
One of the things we loved most about this event was that the vendors were all local or regional. This means that if you see a booth whose stuff you really like, you can pick up a business card and visit their brick and mortar store later (many are also on Etsy as well).
It's a great way to learn about all of the vintage shops in the region!
Every good shopping trip needs food and booze, and this event had an ample amount of each. In the morning, there were baked goods from Pie Bird and coffee from Espresso a Mano, while Apizza Badamo and Allegheny Wine Mixer offered food and drinks later on.
We tried a slice of cherry pie from Pie Bird which had just the right amount of sweetness and a tender crust- if only they had a permanent bakery in Pittsburgh! Wigle Whiskey also had a table in the basement where they were giving free samples and selling bottles.
Overall we had a good time at this event and enjoyed perusing. If you're really into vintage things you will absolutely love this event, but even if you're not, you will still have fun browsing!
For more on the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer, check out their Facebook page!