Trove freshens them for sale

Available at the carriage house sale at Trove in Newtown, a Goth- ic Victorian chair upholstered in velvet and silk-screen fabric.
Available at the carriage house sale at Trove in Newtown, a Goth- ic Victorian chair upholstered in velvet and silk-screen fabric.

One-of-a-kind recycled treasures

Posted: November 13, 2009

One man's trash is another man's treasure, and at Trove Decor in Newtown, the old and shabby are transformed into interior gems.

This weekend, Trove, winner of a Best of Philly award this year from Philadelphia Magazine, will host one of its semiannual carriage house sales. Shoppers, collectors, and decorators will find one-of-a-kind furniture without the one-of-a-kind cost.

Founders Christine Edmonds, Meg Newell, and Rebecca Bancroft's treasure Trove overflows with alabaster lamps, dining-room pieces with nickel nail-head trim and black vinyl, a pair of midcentury couches, and furniture reupholstered in handmade jewel-toned silk-screen bird-print fabrics.

Amid the antiques and works of local artists, there are rarely two pieces that look quite alike. "We encourage people to mix and match things," Edmonds said.

With an eye for digging up workable furniture and accents and talented artists, the cofounders find pieces that they modernize with contemporary textiles and color schemes of neutral to mod.

After they've worked on their diamonds-in-the-rough, Trove's pieces reflect a fresh interpretation of classic and period pieces.

"We're always looking for interesting things," Edmonds says. "We go to places like Allentown, central Pennsylvania, and Ohio, bringing everything back to one place."

In their fifth year of business, the trio hold jobs and raise children, but still find time to paint, finish, and upholster.

Patrons can find items at competitive prices, ranging from $2 for a French postcard from 1908 to $250 for a wood and linen settee. Larger pieces may cost up to $1,000.

Vintage-lovers who aren't refurnishing might add glassware, china, picture frames, or a 1930s glass paperweight of Niagara Falls to their collections.

The fashionably green will rejoice that Trove's products reduce waste in landfills. Local artists reusing materials will sell their creations at the Trove sale. One artist makes necklaces from recycled chandelier crystals.

"Everyone has the same kind of aesthetic: putting things together to make something new," Edmonds says.

The carriage house sale is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, tomorrow, and Sunday at 35 S. Congress St., Newtown. Information: 215-968-7509 or

Contact staff writer Christina Pellegrini at 215-854-2737 or

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