Urban Rebel Antiques opened on Main Street on June 2
AZTEC — Sandi Harber's eyes light up when she starts talking about the yellow Schepp's tin cake box that is among the items for sale inside her store, Urban Rebel Antiques.
"I have old tobacco cans. I have sugar cans. The graphics, the colors, there's just something that attracts me," she said during a tour of the store on Thursday.
Harber and her husband, Bryan, opened Urban Rebel Antiques in Aztec on June 2.
The store offers upscale antiques and repurposed furniture and décor, with of those items many coming from the collection the couple has accumulated over the years.
"We'd like to say we're upscale antiques and unique because we also like to find vintage treasures that need some love to bring them back to life," she said.
Among the furniture are two chairs and a small table made from Brazilian rosewood by Percival Lafer, a Brazilian furniture designer.
Harber said the set dates from the middle 1950s through the 1960s.
"It is my understanding that you can't even use Brazilian rosewood for furniture anymore," she said. "The only place I've ever seen any of his work is on the Internet."
Other striking pieces of furniture are a three-piece walnut bedroom set from the 1920s and a French nesting table with leather tops from the late 1800s.
Home décor includes an assortment of glassware, a glass pendant light from the old Farmington A&W restaurant, antique Coca-Cola coolers and metal gas station signs from Bryan's grandfather's gas station in Tennessee.
"We carry a little bit of everything. My husband and I love history, but we especially love the stories behind the pieces," Harber said.
The store is also an authorized retailer for Dixie Belle Paint, a high-quality mineral chalk paint that can be used on furniture, wood, metal, glass and ceramic.
For those who have not used mineral chalk paint, Harber will have a beginner painting workshop at 6 p.m. on June 22. The hands-on workshop will teach people how to use the paint and learn about distressing, glazing and finishes. The class costs $35 and is open to eight people.
Harber said she would like to offer up to four classes each month, and the idea behind the classes stems from her mother.
"My mother has always thought she couldn't do anything creative," Harber said. "I think that everybody can be creative. They just need a little instruction and guidance on how to use the tools."
Another event the store is sponsoring is a sidewalk chalk art contest for children ages 5-12 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 23 during the Fourth Friday in Aztec event.
Vangie Neil, the Aztec Chamber of Commerce vice president, said the store adds to the downtown area, and the classes will provide an opportunity for people to interact.
Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636.
- What: Urban Rebel Antiques
- Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday
- Where: 208 S. Main Ave. in Aztec
- Contact: Call 505-360-1467 or visit the Urban Rebel Antiques Facebook page