Visit the newly opened Encore Exchange, a unique 2nd hand/collectible store in a large warehouse at 847 N. Stone (south of Speedway, SW corner of E. 2nd St. and Stone). Fellow blogger Charlie Spillar (“Artistic Tucson”) discovered this gem of a place, and took the photos for this article.
Don Vick, the founder/CEO gave me a personal tour recently and his story about the building and his vision for this “original, 2nd hand store with character” is fascinating.
The building itself was the 1941 Beaudry car dealership, then turned into a laundry dry cleaning business, then bought by Don in 1995, when he moved here from San Antonio, TX. He leased it to the Celestial Skate Park for 5 years, then to Empire Customs (hot rod & motorcycle shop) for another 5 years.
And now his dream of a collectible/thrift shop has come to fruition, with the goal to assist 11 non-profits, primarily Mentor Kids USA and also:
Crisis Pregnancy Center
Eagle’s Wings of Grace
Gospel Rescue Mission
Street Light Ministry
Tucson Refugee Ministry
Don has a passion for helping kids, and told me that proceeds from the Encore Exchange store go to these non-profits after their operating expenses.
The store is filled with furniture, books, collectibles, antique golf clubs (from 1920’s), picture frames, dishes, toys, etc. In the showcase room (with a red ceiling) there is an actual working Victrola, a surveying transit from the late 1800’s, old glass bottles, a jeweler’s wooden table, porcelain gas stoves, and lots more.
But the most amazing find is a gorgeous pewter chess set complete with a circus wagon to hold the intricate pieces, and 2 zebras –a true buy for only $2500. See the photo below.
Just outside of the showcase room is a cool water fountain built from rocks, shells, driftwood, etc. which greets customers as they enter. There’s even a Hawaiian palm frond hat nearby for the tropical oasis feeling.
Outside the store is a 1938 Ford ice truck which once delivered ice blocks for ice boxes (replaced by today’s modern day refrigerator). And Don is building a sign for the front, from 1000 (or so) plastic recycled Sobe bottles, using the bottom of the bottles facing out. Another project is to create a stained glass exterior up on the metal awning outside the front of the store…when he has time.
Store hours (open every day):
Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information or to donate items contact Don Vick at 520-869-2961 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org.