TOR | P2R Press Release
“What the heck is Craig Stifter up to at Tiffany of Redstone?” That seems to be the question circulating the Valley lately. To get a better handle on this conundrum we’ll need to set the Wayback Machine to the 1970’s…
So how did it all start? Where did Craig’s passion for picking old stuff come from? “I ‘blame’ it all on my parents. They’re the Real Deal!” Stifter says. Growing up in the Southwest suburbs of Chicago in the 1970’s like most little boys Craig was playing pond hockey, motor biking and building forts. But he was also tagging along with his dad, Bob Stifter, on picks ranging from the infamous Maxwell Street Market to the enormous M&R Double Drive-In Flea Market and in between all the usual junk jaunts - estate sales, thrift stores, garage sales, alley dumpster diving and doing what his dad referred to as "checking the traps" aka hitting his favorite junk stops. “Criss-crossing Chicago in my Dad’s old pick up truck full of junk, people would comically yell out ‘Hey Sanford and Son!’” Stifter said.
His dad was known in Chicago as one of the premier pickers of all things vintage, or as Bob would say “I buy junk and sell antiques.” According to Craig - “Now my mother never did like the sound of that, but this is the basis of today’s Repurposer. My father - a man always ahead of his time!”
Fast forward back to the present. Craig has been picking vintage items for over 45 years - equivalent to earning a PhD! Thus he has the knack to seek out and find the most unique and unusual Vintage Colorado items.“So what’s all this about Craig ‘repurposing’ the vintage items he’s picking?”
Repurposing is all about connecting with your home surroundings. Mass produced furnishings have no soul, substance or story. On the other end of the spectrum the antiques and art world has a reputation for being lofty and pretentious, an image that has run aground with consumers.
“Spontaneity and lack of pretension are at the heart of repurposing. It’s is all about individual creativity,” says Craig Stifter.
As more people seek out their own design styles - doing new, unexpected and creative things with vintage items - choosing possessions that have a backstory and making them their own, P2R ~ Picking 2 Repurpose
What makes repurposing so exciting is you’re always discovering old items that can be reimagined into a new usage. You're Picking 2 Repurpose and also Repurposing 2 Pick - it’s a never ending journey," Stifter said ~ P2R Chief Repurposing Officer & Founder.
Thus the mission of P2R became clear -
The most effective form of creativity happens when you reimagine old items in a new context.
Over the past 5-6 years Craig has been moving Tiffany of Redstone ~ TOR in this direction. Proving out the acceptability of the repurposing style with his TOR clients by offering repurposed items that include - vintage relics/junk, architectural salvage, industrial and trade related pieces some of which include woodworker’s workbenches, printers’ cabinets and mining carts; and of course good old rusty metal.
In the last year alone, Craig has been involved in many larger repurposing projects, some of which include reimagining two vintage mine carts and a large mining chain as a driveway entrance in Aspen, applying a large selection of industrial and unique Vintage Colorado repurposed relics as decor for Home Team BBQ at Buttermilk Ski Area, country store feed bins that were incorporated in a new house kitchen, and four gorgeous late 1800’s exterior mansion doors repurposed as head boards. “All these projects have been very exciting for me, but equally rewarding is working with customers at the store on their repurposing ideas. We’ll spend an afternoon laying out items and applying the repurposing flair to come up with awesome creations,” Craig said.
The word is now out - Tiffany of Redstone is your repurposing wonderland - THE destination for a junk jaunt. As Craig aptly puts it: “Not only do we have finished repurposed items, but we also have a vast offering of vintage relics and salvaged material just waiting for your spark of repurposing creativity.”
Now don’t worry Craig assures that the name of the store will remain the same, he will just be doing more new ventures under the P2R name.
Presently in the works is an “interactive streaming content component” for P2R, aka TV show. Not missing a beat Craig says - “This is a very exciting venture for me! The premise of the show is good old fashion story telling… weaving together entertainment and education that speaks to the viewers’ individual creativity in a simple, real and valued way. The mission of each episode will be to actively engage a whole new generation of viewers in the exciting Journey of picking vintage junk; uncovering the item’s soul, substance and story; engaging in the creative component of the repurpose and bringing the repurposing look into your life.” Craig is presently in production, with plans for the first season of P2R to air this summer on Rocky Mountain PBS.
The TOR | P2R team invites you to stop by for an experiential offering of all types of Repurposed Relics and unique Vintage Colorado items. “See how we put the funk into junk!”