Heinz History Center

May 9
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Get your spring cleaning done now so you’ll have enough room to hold everything cool you find at Vintage Pittsburgh.


Kitsch, conversation and collectibles will converge at this one-day showcase of hard-to-find-treasures taking place at the Heinz History Center in the Strip. Whether you’re looking for a flashy polyester frock to wear to a Mad Men finale party or you need a mid-century modern coffee table, don’t miss the fifth edition of this locally produced retro marketplace.

Featuring 40-plus regional sellers with something for all budgets and retro tastes, the fair brings together collectors and small businesses under one roof for a celebration of design, community and nostalgia. Items for sale on Saturday will include furniture, fashion, art posters, toys, vinyl records, home décor and much more.

New this year will be throwback sounds from WRCT DJ Jay Thurber—known for his long-running Pittsburgh oldies show—who will broadcast live on 88.3 FM. Need a shave? Take a seat and have a stylists from Lawrenceville-based Graham’s Barber Shop hook you up with a beard trim or a cut.


Attendees can explore the History Center’s brand new We Can Do It! WWII exhibition (read more about that here), which features 275-plus rare artifacts, interactive displays, immersive environments and four Jeeps—a uniquely American invention produced by the American Bantam Car Company in nearby Butler. Showcasing Pittsburgh’s role during WWII from the home front to the battlefield, the 10,000-square-foot exhibition shares compelling stories behind “real-life Rosie the Riveters” and local Tuskegee Airmen whose significant contributions made a lasting impact on the war effort.

Want a WWII keepsake? While there, be sure to have your photo taken with the Zippo Car, a recreated version of the 1947 Chrysler Saratoga vehicle used by the Bradford-based Zippo Company to promote its ubiquitous lighters which were popularized and used all over the country following World War II.

Want a first look at all of the vintage wares? A limited number of $15 tickets are available for the VIP Preview which takes place from 9 to 10 a.m.

The Vintage Pittsburgh event is included with regular museum admission (free for members). View a complete list of vendors.

Looking for more deals? Check out the Neighborhood Flea on Sunday, May 10th at 2300 Penn Ave. in the Strip District.

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.