A 4 AM wake-up call and bruises from battling bargain hunters is no way to follow up Thursday's fat-fest. Take a more civilized approach to Black Friday and hit the web in your pajamas, or head out to a few local spots for drinks, cookies and contests. Either way you'll still get the crazy-good deals, just minus the insanity.
Nothing beats shopping while traveling. From the bargains on locally produced goods to the everyday items that, seen as an outsider, feel exotic and one-of-a-kind, there's always a lot to see (and buy). Of course we can't forever be gallivanting across the globe (tragically we're not all Keith Johnson), but that doesn't have to stop our hunt for fresh finds. Instead of hopping a plane, head to Zinc Details this weekend for a trunk show with designers from around the world.
With all of the store and restaurant closings over the past year or so, sometimes you've got to pause for a second and reflect on all the great places in and around our city that are, thankfully, still open for business. Take Rare Device, for example. The Upper Market boutique has consistently wowed us with their selection of beautiful things for the home and beyond since they opened shop two years ago. The owners really work hard to find the best in art and design coming from local and up-and-coming artists, as well as national and international talents that deserve broader recognition. And did we mention the gallery? It's always worth peeking in to see what unique collaboration or interesting show they've got going on at the moment. Okay, enough of this lovefest.
Dining sets are well and good if you want to play it safe, but we love the the look of a mix – think rustic farm table paired with modern aluminum chairs, a bench instead of several seats, mismatched hand-me-down chairs painted a uniform color – to show a little individuality. If you're thinking about swapping out your set for a few pieces with a little more personality, we suggest heading to DWR's Fillmore Street location next Saturday, September 12th, from 10 to 2 for their Mix and Match Brunch. If noshes from Boulangerie and mimosas from Vino aren't enough incentive to mosey by, perhaps 15% off on combinations of four or more select dining chairs, stools and tables can wrest you from your morning slumber.
We've been out of school for many a moon now, but we still think of Fall as the beginning of a new year. It must be the memories of new clothes, notebooks and pens that get us feeling like it's a clean slate, and anything's possible. Instead of stocking up on school supplies, though, we're taking a look at our home and making a few changes to get it in tiptop shape. Perhaps a mirrored side table is just what our living room needs to get it up to date, or maybe it's time to replace that old, hand me down table lamp. Luckily, both are on sale now at Bae Home for up to 30% off.
Lots going on this weekend! Start with a gallery show at BellJar, wake up early and make the trek down to Tracy for Restoration Hardware's warhouse sale, then spend Sunday combing through the cream of the American crafting crop at Fort Mason. Check out the deets below:
microHabitat at BellJar: As the name suggests, artist Micke Tong's show features tiny living spaces, from miniscule Victorian facades to wee pre-fabs (who knew they could get any smaller?), but you'll also find drawings and candy-colored taxidermy thrown in too, for good measure. Opening Friday, August 14th from 6 to 9 PM and continuing through September 11th. Details available here.
...But not far. Peace Industry will be leaving their 585 Octavia Blvd location and moving just a block or so over to 597 Hayes Street, known to many as the former location of Hayes Valley favorite, Alabaster. It's all going down sometime around August 15th, but until then you can stop by the original location for at least 30% off all rugs. Wow! If you've ever seen Peace Industry's products in person, you know the high standard of quality of each rug, which are all handmade in Iran through longheld traditional methods. They're also bee-you-ti-ful, and made under fair trade practices using only wool and vegetable dyes.
SF-based online retailer Branch is known for its extensive selection of eco-friendly design items. In fact, the e-boutique was selected as one of TIME Magazine's Green Design 100 just last May. Unfortunately, along with those covetable green goods often comes a rather steep pricetag (hey, nobody said doing good was easy), but right now you can be good to the planet and your wallet during Branch's Hot Summer Sale. Get gorgeous handblown glass from Portland's Esque Studio marked down hundreds of dollars - perfect for your home or as an amazing wedding gift.
This weekend, Cow Hollow shop inventories runneth over... and out into Union Street for the neighborhood's annual Super Sidewalk Sale. Not to be confused with the Union Street Festival, (sorry, no beer gardens here!) the three-day event is all about great sales at retailers up and down the neighborhood's main shopping drag. We'll be stopping by Past Perfect, the giant antiques showroom that (thanks to a wide variety of vendors selling under one roof) has well-curated collections ranging from Hollywood Regency to Mid-Century Modern furniture, Americana memorabilia and more. Be warned: you can definitely lose track of time in here, especially when almost everything is on sale.