ARTchaeology...the ART of archaeology

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | 310 Sales


ARTchaeology...the ART of archaeology

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 310 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars (118)
Lisa Marie Bruno

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Lisa Marie Bruno

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Saturday May 18th
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Heartwood Acres, Governor's Mansion Estates
200 Hartwood Acres Pittsburgh | PA 15238-1193

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Last updated on May 15, 2019

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CLICK 'READ MORE' for 2019 Calendar of events for ARTchaeology listed below
Anyone wishing to book a home, office, church show, convo me to set a date.


Saturday May 18th
Highland Happening
Heartwood Acres, Governor's Mansion Estates
200 Hartwood Acres Pittsburgh | PA 15238-1193

****FYI: OOAK stands for "One Of A Kind"


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From me and mom to you with LOVE! “Keep it out of the landfill; utilize it and pass it on.”

Back in the 1960s my mother and I started recycling in our art because of necessity. Dad’s trucking jobs weren't always reliable and she had 4 girls to put through school. We were both artists and after she passed away, at a young age from cancer, I inherited all her (mostly vintage) art supplies. I realized I had tons of original items from the 1940s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. I found Victorian gloves, Art Deco pieces of jewelry from the 30s, fabric from the 50s, doilies and laces from the turn of the century and much more. I Collected all my buttons, beads, trims, etc and put them with hers all in one place. (see photo)
I began to make jewelry, assemblage treasures, dolls and other objects d'art. The art I create now is not merely recycling as much as it is preserving a piece of history for future generations. Charm bracelets filled with buttons & beads that have a history. Ethnic dolls made of fabric with a story to tell and so on. I use recycled materials not because I have to now, but because I want to. It's my way of lessening my carbon footprint. Much of what we discard is still useful and beautiful, so I proudly use it in my art.
"ARTchaeology... Looking into the PAST for treasures TODAY.”
I’ve been on ETSY since 2008 and I have added more and more vintage items. Some have been handed down from my own relatives and some from my personal collection I’ve accumulated for the past 45+ years. I have no children to hand these beautiful works of art down to, so by passing them on to the Etsy community makes me feel good knowing you (the new owner) will appreciate and take care of these items.
If you would like to share your pictures and comment on your new treasures, feel free to do so. The Etsy community would love to see how you are using your new handmade or vintage item.
Ciao, Lisa Marie

Shop members

  • Lisa Marie Bruno

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Historic Fashionista

    Working on films & plays, designing costume, garments & accessories, as I've aged & matured I realized there was a serious need for my traditional-style way of designing. So, for the past 10 years I have also turned to educating in the fashion field.

  • Lorraine Thornton-Bruno

    My Mother & Inspiration

    My mother was an artist in her own right. Her business was creating miniatures for dollhouses. She is no longer with us but because of her love & encouragment I am the artist & entrepenuer I am today.

  • Giuseppe Bruno

    Transportation Manager

    After mom passed I hired dad to help me. One day I asked him to take the Pgh Pirate baseball team's new mascot costume to them. He asked for the P.O. form. I didn't have one, I wasn't thinking, but thanks to dad's trucking background he was thinking!

  • Matt Hefferin

    Customer Service, Marketer, Sales Associate

    I met Matt yrs ago, saw he had a degree in history & asked for help. He helps identify vintage items, research timelines, & vends @ vintage sales ie: Heinz History Ctr events, Vintage Mixers & more. He's helpful & funny so I keep him on staff.

Production partners

  • C.L.A.S.S. Fashion Students

    Pittsburgh, PA

    When I'm not creating, I'm teaching. Pittsburgh is the home of Mr Rogers & my special abilities students helped me make these pins for a WQED event. My class used our new Tecre machine to create these badges as part of their life skills learning. They'll receive a portion of the profits after costs.


Find ARTchaeology at the following upcoming market!

  • Ohio River Blvd Antique Mall
    Ohio River Blvd Antique Mall
    4331 Ohio River Blvd

    Feb 1–Dec 31

    Antique building converted into a mall filled with over 30 vendors 3 floors filled mainly antiques, some repro things and some local art as well. Since it is an old building it is not set up for wheelchairs or walkers. It is not kid friendly unless your child is antique friendly.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 11, 2019
Welcome to ARTchaeology. We have been waiting for you.
My on-line boutique is set up like an archaeological site.
Within pyramids and ancient buildings you will find various chambers (rooms).
In MOI boutique you will also find similar various chambers.

Enjoy yourself!
Browse at your leisure; have a cup of cappuccino, latte or espresso while you shop!
We are here to make your shopping enjoyable and hassle free.
When you decide on which treasures you want to add to your shopping cart don't forget to read the little 'Thank you for your purchase' surprise message- it was written just for you!
Courtesy of ARTchaeology! :)

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Money Order
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept exchanges and cancellations
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 24 hours of purchase
I don't accept returns
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
Because 99.9% of my supplies are vintage (including the gems I incorporate into my artwork) there will be some discoloration, some rust, some sign of age.
Please be aware of this. Many of the items I use have been loved over the years but be assured they are clean and polished. Only under extreme bad quality will I make a refund. Unless you are so unhappy with your treasure that it makes you cry we will refund and you may keep the item (or return, it is up to you). I try to describe everything as honestly as I possibly can.
All I ask in return is that you first come to me to resolve this problem before you post feedback.
There is NO WAY I can control the USPS. Even if you are given a tracking number many times the postal service can not track the item. I have been here on Etsy for 10 years and on Ebay for longer. I have only had 2 times between the both where something was lost in the shipping.
I DO NOT reimburse for lost merchandise and I do not refund anything. I will however do a return for a comparable item if you do not like the item you received. However this only takes place after you return the item you are not satisfied with and the cost of shipping and returning something is the buyer's responsibility.
When something gets lost in the mail, I will take your word you did not receive it. And send you something else I have in stock half the price of the item you say you never got. That is the best I can do unless you tell me you want to add insurance, then we can go from there.
I am an artist first, and 'business mogul' second so all I want is a happy customer!
Because the ephemera and papers I use in my altered-art, up-cycled, re-purposed, collages and greeting cards are also vintage they do not have archival quality.
That means that in 40-50 years from now there may be some deterioration of treasures. Please be aware of that before you purchase, as there will be no refunds for this reason.
Thanks so very much. Lisa Marie
Yes I do accept payment! :)
PayPal is the best and the fastest method. I do, however, accept money orders and checks. But I first have to wait until they are cleared by the bank.
BUT in the meantime I am busy packaging your treasure and readying it for shipping once things are cleared. I ship in 3-5 days, unless you specify you need earlier.
I will also trade with Etsy venders. There are so many wonderful talented artists in the world wide circle I would be honored to make a 'dollar for dollar' trade. Just message me and we can chat about details.
S & H prices:
To be determined by weight of item, box or envelope and where buyer is located.
People living in Australia please contact me first so we can calculate your shipping.
SHIPPING: I am in my studio for shipping on Wednesdays only.
EXAMPLE: If you order AND pay for your item on Sunday, I will ship that following Wednesday. If you order on Thursday, I won't be able to ship until the following Wednesday.
EXCEPTIONS: If there is a need for a rush on an item, contact me, say 'pretty please with a cherry on top" and I will to run to my studio even if in a blizzard to retrieve your purchase, promptly package and ship it to you!
Additional policies and FAQs
If you see a pair of handcrafted earrings that are pierced and you wish to order them in screw-back or clip- on style, please let me know. IF possible, I will accommodate you FREE of charge!
If any earring needs to have sterling or gold findings, there will be an additional cost. I can also substitute metal chains for sterling silver or gold but there will be an extra cost and extra time frame to accomdate. No problem.
Just convo me for more details.