Kristin Moore of the Y'all Shop makes handmade map art for Lone Chimney Mercantile. Photos courtesy of Annie Holland.
March 28, 2016
Lone Chimney Mercantile at the renovated Dallas Farmers Market is a place where recycling and art converge.
Owner Annie Holland of Richardson, who opened the store in January, admits she comes from a family of intrepid dumpster divers.
Reclaimed wood tables by Dallas-based designer Sarah Reiss can be found at Lone Chimney Mercantile.
“I always liked to decorate but we didn’t have a whole lot of money when I was growing up. So I found a way to make things pretty out of what we could find.”
Now Holland, has found a way to make living by selling art made from some of those materials bound for the landfill.
Throughout the shop, visitors will find furniture, artwork and accessories by local artisans, several of whom use reclaimed material in their work.
Featured artists in the Lone Chimney Mercantile include Sarah Reiss of R&R Designworks, who makes furniture from discarded materials and architectural elements. She finds her reclaimed wood everywhere – from salvage yards to sidewalks.
Beer carton by Ross+Moster.
“I often make my furniture out of industrial reclaimed wood and trees killed in the drought. I hope my latest collection of carved wood geometries makes people want to stop and stare.”
In addition, Holland’s father and brother, who sell their wares under the name of Dribble and Son, make Craftsmen style furniture from 100 percent wood and recycled doors, windows, wood & hardware.
Holland, a photographer by trade, frames her photos of local landmarks in vintage wooden window frames, many of which she found on the curb.
Annie Holland frames her photos in vintage frames.
“I go pick them up on bulk trash day,” Holland joked. “I’m the crazy lady driving around picking things up.”
Some of Holland’s picture frames are actually old wooden window sashes that are pulled from 100 year old homes in Dallas.
“They add so much character to the images and people love knowing that they are purchasing something that is reclaimed.”
Her photos are mostly Dallas landmarks, but also include Austin, Waco and other Texas cities.
“You'll find some country road pictures thrown in the mix as well as some pictures from Oklahoma as I'm very loyal to my home state.”
Other artists at Lone Chimney Mercantile include Heather Robins & Tara Cunningham of Twice Baked Clay, who make one-of-a-kind, handmade ceramic jewelry from Texas clay. Elyse Harlow of The Green Piano, specializes in embroidery hoop art.
Rita Cook contributed to this article.