Building Character: Shopping Lancaster’s real-life “Etsy”

by: Ashleigh
January 21, 2014

My ongoing effort to better appreciate central Pa. led me to downtown Lancaster this weekend to Building Character, a marketplace of vintage, recycled and handmade items.

BuildingCharacter, Lancaster

The warehouse first opened in 2007 and now carries more than 30 vendors. According to their website, Building Character has been referred to as a real-life Etsy, and after visiting for the first time, I couldn’t agree more.

I left the warehouse with a United Colors of Benetton jumpsuit and a few decorative tiles, but I was amazed by the amount of other items available in the shops. With three or four vintage shops, including Cheap Thrills, I found a variety of items from different decades, including dresses from the 50s and even a leather sheath (that unfortunately didn’t fit me).

Building Character Lancaster

Other treasures included antique hardware, similar to what you would find in Anthropologie’s home section, furniture and an architectural salvage section. For anyone who likes to quilt or sew, the upper floor of Building Character is home to a great fabric store with quilting fabric unlike other large chains like Jo-Ann or Hancock.

Building Character Lancaster

And price? Right on point. I left Lancaster without breaking the bank. And, even better, the warehouse is having a huge sale in February. Check it out.

Tip: A nearby parking lot is FREE on Saturdays and Sundays. Turn left from North Queen onto Lemon and take another left at Market. The parking lot will be on your left.

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