Two Erie real estate agents turn a hobby into a new business bringing old furniture “back to life.”

Julie Brundage, 49, of Erie, sat on the floor, reupholstering an arm chair with cream-colored fabric. She smiled as she worked.

In July, Brundage and friend Sally Jankowski, 37, both realtors with Howard Hanna, opened Attic Rehab Recovered Treasures, 1501 State St., located on the ground floor of the Performing Artists Collective Alliance (PACA) in Erie.

“We take exhausted furniture and bring it back to life,” Jankowski said. “We are taking something that would have been thrown in the trash and turning it into a high-end piece of furniture.”

Their shop is filled with chairs, finished in bold patterns, as well as desks and tables. Artwork, pottery and crafts made by other artists at PACA are also on display.

“Our pieces are getting larger and more detailed,” Brundage said. “This is not something you will find at a big box store.”

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