The Refindery: Turning the Ordinary into Artifact
Chattanooga. The Refindery is an urban market with a creative bent toward repurposing items into something with a new aesthetic or function.
The space has been repurposed as a collective of booths that offer great finds, whether you are looking for the raw materials for your own artistic creation, or looking for a gift.
Celebrating their first year anniversary, The Refindery has become a design destination. It’s one of those rare places you can find Mid-Century Modern furniture for a bargain, and enjoy thumbing through a booth of vinyl. Turn a corner and there are turntables you will want to take for a spin.
There’s an area where you can find shelves of vintage glass light covers, hardware, columns and doors, and another booth of sturdy farmhouse-style tables made from reclaimed lumber.
You never know what you might find at The Refindery. Charming bride and groom wedding cake toppers are among the delicate treasures in a booth called Wanderland. Vintage classroom posters, the kind that hung from chalkboards before the Internet, with diagrams about democracy or sea shells, offer cool graphics.
A deck of children’s flashcards will likely get woven into an artist’s collage. Gorgeous glass barware sets are irresistible. In another booth, hubcap chrome gets repurposed as a wall of clocks. And speaking of time, you could spend a lot of time in this place, so come for the day and get inspired.
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The Refindery is located in Highland Park at1300 McCallie Avenue near downtown.
While in the area to shop, be sure and take in the McCallie Ave. mural project in the immediate area.
Photography by Laurie Perry Vaughen