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The 2011 San Francisco Decorator Showcase proves that you can squeeze a lot of style into a 6,244-square-foot mansion. There are 31 designers who worked on the house at 2950 Vallejo St., and the ideas and products they display provide many compelling reasons to visit the mansion. Here are just seven...
This sale in the Castro district is described as a moving sale. I don't know where the residents are going, but it must be to a furnished home, because it appears they are selling all of their worldly goods.
It happens in this sweet cottage, located at 311 Cumberland St., just a block up from the intersection of 20th and Church Streets.
The stagers of the event, The YES Co., say you may come for the sale, but you'll want to stay for the amazing view.
To some of you El Cerrito might seem like a long haul. Get over it, because El Cer is only 30 minutes from SF and it's the scene of a good estate sale this weekend. Nice tansus for $300, need I say more?
Now, let's be clear: these are not tansus that will end up in a museum; their owner cleaned them up, removing the patina and original finish. Anyone who has ever watched Antiques Roadshow knows that this is a big no-no value wise (and causes poor James Callahan, resident Asian art expert, to sadly shake his head).
When John Favors was a little boy in San Francisco, he started messing around with his grandmother's decorative items and playing in her jewelry box. Later, as a self-described hippie, he became fascinated with everything from rusty cans to antiques while under the influence of mind-altering drugs. I don't know what kind of substance gave him his aesthetic eye, but if it could help me put together a collection like his, I'll have what he's having. He's staging a warehouse sale in Oakland this weekend, and it's the kind of thing scavenging dreams are made of. Read more. . . .
Antique shops pale in comparison. Garage sales don’t hold a candle. And thrift stores are downright pitiful when compared to the 96,000-square-foot warehouse that is home to the annual White Elephant Sale. The two-day rummage fest is the largest in Northern California, and admission is free. More than 1,200 volunteers work the 17 departments that include vintage clothing, furniture, books, jewelry, shoes, tools, electronics, and sporting goods. Rack up karma points while scavenging for bargains—proceeds support the Oakland Museum of California.
Interior designers have wonderful estate sales. Not only do they have the goods from their households, they likely have more squirreled away in storage—pieces they created, items that didn't work for a client and furniture they were planning to restore. When the organizers of this massive Oakland warehouse estate sale (seven estates under one roof) told me it included fine goods from a long-time San Francisco interior designer, I took notice.
Here's the scoop on Stuff: It's an 8,200 square-foot collective with over 25 dealers peddling very cool items. These are professionals who comb estate sales, flea markets and who-knows-where for real finds. The dealers (the famed Ron Morgan and Christopher Albanese among them) know treasure from trash, and they are selling the good stuff here.
As soon as you set foot in Rare Device on Market Street, you instantly feel like you're getting schooled in design. If you've been, you've likely had to forcefully restrain yourself from drooling on their sleek, retro-modern kitchen wares, minimalist electronics, coffee table books and even their good-looking cosmetics lines.
There's a stretch of San Francisco's Hyde Street that's classic: tree-lined, clanking with cable cars and lined with lovely Edwardian apartment houses. Here's one of them.
The Basics: A classic two-bedroom, 2-bath cooperative apartment on Russian Hill's historic Hyde Street, with parking and a separate servant's room now remodeled as a gym. Asking $1.795M, with monthly maintenance charges of $942. On the market for almost seven months.