By LAUREN FLYNN KELLY — I’m a little excited this month because there’s so much Secondhand News to report! Here’s the latest on all the comings and goings of vintage and upcycled retail in Hyattsville:
Tanglewood Works is moving … well, sort of. After a previous plan to relocate her upcycled painted art furniture to Brentwood and join forces with another vintage furniture dealer didn’t work out, owner Sue Older-Mondeel (known to fans as “Tanglewood Sue”) is fixing up her longtime art studio in Mount Rainier to create and display more furniture for y’all. You will still be able to view some of her pieces in the Hyattsville location at 5132 Baltimore Avenue, but Sue said that space wasn’t ideal for loading and unloading furniture, so she’ll sell more of it out of the warehouse space and online.
Tanglewood Works’ handmade gifts and jewelry will remain in the Hyattsville shop. Sue explained, “The furniture was just such a hard detail experience in that specific location, even though people are fans of my furniture. So hopefully, I’m going to have more time to work on those pieces and make them creative rather than just try to fight the tide and be a furniture store.” She plans to continue conducting online and in-person creative tutorials from the studio.
Meanwhile, Suffragette City will move back to its original location inside Tanglewood Works, and My Dead Aunt’s Books will gain some extra square footage in its current location there, as well. All three will operate under the Shops at SoHy umbrella, and new signage will soon reflect the change, added Sue.
Although the owners of the three businesses were still working on the layout of the store as of press time, Suffragette’s owner, Holli Mintzer, said she’ll be able to expand her collection of vintage women’s clothing and possibly add a menswear section, which she didn’t have room for when sharing the 5101 Baltimore Avenue space with Cookie Wear (Cookie Wear will remain there and at its other location, 4342 Farragut Street). She also has room for more of her handmade jewelry, as well as her treasure trove of vintage bracelets, brooches, earrings and necklaces.
Another change is that My Dead Aunt’s Books will have more room for events, said Sue. She explained that some of the display cases and clothes racks are on rollers, so when used bookseller Robert Harper wants to host a reading or music performance, space can be cleared.
“I’m really looking forward to our space becoming more of a community destination,” said Sue. “Everything we’ve done has been toward creating a success story in Hyattsville with longevity, and my original vision was to have it be more of a collective of artisans and encompass different shops within the store. With Holli and Bob, I can really see my vision start to gel, so it’s pretty exciting!”
The Shops at SoHy will be open seven days a week: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Furniture lovers can keep up with Tanglewood Works’ new pieces at tanglewoodworks.com (or on Instagram and Facebook) and either purchase pieces during open warehouse days or by appointment.
And there’s one final piece of Secondhand News: Red Onion Records has officially closed its longtime location on U Street in Washington, D.C., and is coming to Hyattsville! I know this isn’t new news, since owner and Hyattsville resident Josh Harkavy put up a mysterious “coming soon” sign at 4208 Gallatin Street more than a year ago. But the word is he plans to open in that location in September.