STASH: Harrisburg’s newest vintage shop

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This Friday, during 3rd in the Burg, be sure to meander down North Street, perhaps in-between cocktails and snacks at Suba and Home 231, and stop into Stash, located at that pretty, previously underused building at the east corner of Green and North Streets.

It is the perfect example of positive community in our suffering city. Four young women, brought together by Midtown photographer/writer/gallery owner/community builder Liz Laribee (she of the MakeSpace, and the energy behind 3rd in the Burg’s growth), have taken a basic love of “all things vintage” and molded their individual strengths — retail, art, design, communications – to assemble Stash, a home for their vintage finds.

Photo by Dani Fresh Photography
Photo by Dani Fresh Photography – Click image for more photos.

Jen Merril, 23, is a recent college graduate, armed with retail experience and a degree in communications. Haley Harned, 26, is a photographer and artist by trade with a love of vintage or “reclaimed” wares. Anela Selkowitz, 34, bless her, is a transplant from California (we thank her husband for bringing her here), whose pop-up vintage nights at her photography space, Studio A, was part of the group’s inspiration for Stash. And Jessica Flynn, 34, is an actress with several other talents, including “Flynn Flip,” wherein she repurposes old fabrics — she handmade the store’s checkout bags from old sheets and pillowcases.

The four are passionate about the revival of the city, are all Harrisburg city residents, and hope Stash’s location in the city’s Capitol District will serve as a “ladder” to Midtown and Uptown for those unfamiliar or uncomfortable with the city.

But it’s also the sustainability factor that is a focus for them. Everything in their store will be old or “reclaimed.” No matter what year the item originated, they want it to have that vintage look — but also be wearable and comfortable.

Each enjoys the hunt of shopping for vintage duds, searching local flea markets, yard sales and auctions weekly for hidden finds — something Pennsylvania is known for, oddly. Selkowitz said vendors from New York City and California often travel to our state to buy old clothes, then mark them up significantly to re-sell.

That won’t be the case at Stash, where in most cases items should sell for between $10-40. Shoppers will find both men’s and women’s wear, some children’s items, housewares and furniture.

In the future, the group may consider selling “new” items, but only if they are locally handmade or artisan.

At this Friday’s grand opening party, in addition to its merchandise Stash will feature some of Harned’s original photography, music from DJ Jason Forest, light food, wine and a raffle to win Stash gift cards.

Stash will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. 

Find Stash on Facebook.

Check out Dani Fresh’s fantastic photos of the Stash crew.

Sara Bozich
Author: Sara Bozich

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