So last weekend I ended up going to the White Elephant Sale in Oakland, CA. It is a HUGE sale put on yearly by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board as a fundraiser. It’s massive people….honestly, I wasn’t ready for the magnitude of it — 96,000 square feet divided into 17 departments ranging from furniture to artwork to baby clothes and everything in between. This was one “mutha” of a sale with a crazy amount of people.
And now a word about the people – these peeps are hard-core! I mean straight up would “cut you for a discount set of Spode dishes” hardcore. I actually got into a bit of a shouting match with a woman over this pair of chairs….
This set of cane chairs was only $75 and in great condition minus the ugly fabric. All they needed was to be recovered in some groovy fabric and potentially restained or painted – a perfect find for my friend who was on the hunt for a pair of chairs like this. So I found a floor attendant and paid for them. When I went back to pick them up, a woman was sitting in one of the chairs and I asked her to move so I could load the chairs up for the trip home. She informed me that she has bought the chairs and her husband was paying for them now. I told her that couldn’t be possible since I had just purchased the chairs and have the receipt to prove it. She then told me that they were her chairs and it was a mistake. I finally had to get an attendant over to settle the issue at which time the older woman told me I was a “thief” and an “a**hole” for taking the chairs away from her.
Okay then. Words sorta escape me on what the woman was thinking but as I said, these are some hard-core folks.
However, after that little weird fiasco, I scored some other treasures including:
A set of 6 milk glass sherbet dishes for $12. They will be the perfect addition to my Easter tablescape.
This cute painting for $5……I am pretty sure it will go in our half bath and replace the existing $3 dollar paintings.
And I was also lucky enough to find upholstery grade fabric (8.5 yards of it to precise) for a whopping $20.
I love the greige background color and the abstract floral design. I think it would be a great pattern for dining chairs or a DIY headboard. It will also be quite handy to have this on “file” as many of my recent design jobs are coming with pretty strict budgets, so having a few aces up my sleeve.
Overall, I was quite pleased that for slightly more than $100 I was able to get two chairs, a set of glasses, 8.5 yards of material and a piece of art.
So I am curious, what has been your best thrift store or garage sale find? Leave a comment and tell me about it!