Get Riveted: Downtown Tucson now has a Vintage Flair

May 29, 2015


Decorative ceiling hangings at Riveted include a ruler “chandelier”.

By Simon Brimmer

Some folks in the vintage furniture and collectible market might be familiar with the Riveted trailer, Jenni Pagano’s mobile store dedicated to decorative cool.

Well, Riveted now has a more permanent location, in the historic Charles O. Brown House where the store shares a location with the headquarters for Ben’s Bells.

So what is Riveted? To help with that, perhaps it’s just as easy to explain what Riveted isn’t.

“I’m not a thrift store and I’m not an antique store and not a junk store,” Pagano said. “It’s really a home shop. You’ll walk in and see how things look together and it will be inspiring. I think my superpower is seeing the potential in things.”


Pagano with Shop Manager Talulah.

That’s an art form in and of itself. Pagano scours many of the usual locations: the thrift stores, estate sales, online outlets, but has a gift for finding quirky items that somehow fit well together.

“The best stuff comes about by happenstance,” Pagano said. “You have to be in the right place at the right time, and I know that takes a lot of time. And I know many shoppers don’t have that kind of time. That’s where my shop comes in. I’ve found all these things already. I know they’re cool.”

At Riveted, Pagano has laid out the store in a way that allows shoppers to see the potential of how some of the items might blend.

“People like the authenticity of vintage items. I like to mix the vintage stuff with modern and new pieces,” Pagano said. “That creates character and personality and individuality to a space. You can’t just go into Target and get this stuff. Nobody is going to have the exact same thing you do.”

What are those things, exactly? Well, you’ll have to head to the store to see, but a sampling of items includes “decorative accessories that have had a former life: vases, quirky old books, old sports equipment, trophies that have a certain thing about them. I’ve got some refurbished furniture and I’m introducing new items like cotton throws in bright colors. We’ll be getting more small furniture pieces in,” Pagano said.

“It’s not necessarily antique pieces and they’re not necessarily pedigreed items. It’s just cool stuff. I love finding it and sharing it.”

In addition to foot traffic from visitors, Pagano hopes to get the word out to locals who have decided to make Downtown home.

Vintage items at Riveted.

Vintage items at Riveted.

“I know summer is a slower time, so I’m participating in the $5 Summer in the City card, and just got some bookmarks and fliers printed up,” Pagano said. “I’ll also try to be open for Second Saturdays. I’m hopeful people will pop in before they head to the food trucks. There’s also a lot of parking on our end of the Downtown area.”

Riveted is located at 40 W. Broadway.

For now, Riveted hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11-6. The business line is 520-882-2756. Folks who prefer the online approach can access the Riveted facebook page ( or reach out via email at

But don’t count out the original Riveted trailer just yet.

“The trailer is still parked in my driveway. Often it’s nice to have a mobile version. I might use it for that,” Pagano said. “Or maybe we’ll just go camping.”