Category Archives: Insider Tips

Insider’s Guide: Hunters Point Shipyard and Islais Creek Fall Open Studios 2017

Hunters Point Shipyard and Islais Creek Fall Open Studios 2017. October 14 +15, 2017

Whether you are a beginning collector or a long time art buyer you will want to visit Hunters Point Shipyard and Islais Creek Fall Open Studios 2017.

Scattered through eight buildings at two sites,Hunters Point Shipyard and Islais Creek Fall Open Studios 2017 has art in every medium. Some of the art is traditional and some very non-traditional; some is affordable and some is not so affordable. In other words, something for everyone.

Mark your calendar for a unique opportunity to meet over 180 artists, see where they work and buy original paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints, jewelry, ceramics, textiles, and more.

Free admission.

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Stella Studio Warehouse Sale Fall 2017

Stella Studio Warehouse Sale Fall 2017. October 12 – November 5, 2017. Free Fall Style Event October 14, 2017.

Stella Studio Warehouse Sale Fall 2017 has great deals on high-end clothing designed for real women with silhouettes that flatter all body types.

With prices up to 90% off retail this is the perfect opportunity to give your wardrobe a fresh new look without spending a fortune. Think affordable luxury.

Shop women’s sizes extra small to extra large.

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Weston Wear SF Closing Sale On Now!

Weston Wear SF Closing Sale. Through September 30, 2017.

Weston Wear SF Closing Sale is your last chance to get deals on their popular locally designed women’s clothing and accessories.  Prices are slashed a whopping 75% off everything in the store.

Even for this self-proclaimed opportunivore sometimes blowout prices are bittersweet. But recognizing this deal is happening whether we show up or not, consider the Weston Wear SF Closing Sale a silver lining.

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Gift Buying Opp You Won’t Want to Miss: Lunares Warehouse Sale

Lunares Warehouse Sale. September 30, 2017 AND New Date September 29, 2017 (Post Updated September 26, 2017)

Mark your calendar for the one day Lunares Warehouse Sale.

Shop for serving pieces, decorative accessories, frames, linens, serving trays, vases, jewelry, rugs, and more.

Prices are 50 to 90% off retail on first-quality over-runs, samples and seconds. Score.

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Friends of SF Public Library Big Book Sale 2017

Friends of SF Public Library Big Book Sale 2017. September 20-24, 2017 

Friends of SF Public Library Big Book Sale 2017 brings a whole new meaning to friends with benefits.

Bibliophiles, cookbook collectors, armchair travelers, and hobbyist of every sort mark your calendars – this sale has acres of books covering every imaginable genre.

And that’s not all. The sale also includes DVDs, CDs, audio books, vinyl, and other forms of media.

Prices are rock bottom. Nothing costs more than $3. Hold out until Sunday and everything is only $1.

Mark your calendar for THE largest used book sale on the West Coast.

Free admission.

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You Will Want to Leave The City For Kings Mountain Art Fair 2017

Kings Mountain Art Fair 2017. September 2, 3 + 4, 2017

Fall is approaching and with it the end of the fair/festival season. But it’s not over yet.

Nestled in a redwood forest with some of the finest handmade arts and crafts on the West Coast, Kings Mountain Art Fair 2017 is a lot like the grand finale at the 4th of July fireworks extravaganza – one last magnificent burst of wow before it all fades away.

Take a ride up the mountain and see first hand why the Art Fair SourceBook declared the Kings Mountain Art Fair the #1 Fine Arts Fair in Northern California (and maybe feel a little smug knowing there is an Art Fair SourceBook.)

Free admission.

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Shop Urban Air Market Oakland Pop Up

Urban Air Market Oakland. Sunday, July 16, 2017

Urban Air Market Oakland is plein air shopping with over 100 independent designers and artists as well as local musicians, good eats, and more.

Shop local and sustainable apparel, accessories, home goods, art, and body products. Think perfect antidote to big box, mass-produced retail ennui.

Free admission.

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How To Shop The Oakland Museum White Elephant Sale 2017

oakland museum white elephant saleHow To Shop The Oakland Museum White Elephant Sale 2017. March 4 + 5, 2017.

If your heart skips a joyous beat at the thought of scouring a 96,000 square foot warehouse for treasures, mark your calendar for the Oakland Museum White Elephant Sale 2017.

This sale has it all — antiques, art, jewelry, sporting goods, books, household goods, vintage everything and collectibles of every sort. It is truly colossal.

FREE Admission. 

Ready set rummage.

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4 Awesome SF Holiday Warehouse and Sample Sales


4 Awesome SF Holiday Warehouse and Sample Sales: Pacific Connections ( December 2 + 3, and December 9 +10, 2016), SF Kidswear, Tina Frey Designs (December 2 + 3, 2016), and Alite Designs & Boreas Gear. (December 2 + 3, 2016.)

Here are 4 Awesome SF Holiday Warehouse and Sample Sales guaranteed to bring BIG savings on artful home accessories, children’s clothing, outdoor gear,gifts, and more. These sales are no-frill shopping with potentially huge savings.

Public Service Announcement:  As you may have noticed, this is warehouse/sample sale season. Scroll to the bottom of this post for a list of sales and other happenings.Tips worth repeating: check the websites before going; go early for the best selection; pick a city and go to the sales in that city; bring a bag; bring cash for when credit cards are not accepted; and bring a friend. Because we have so many sales at the same time strategic planning is a must. If a sale looks interesting make sure you put it on your calendar. Most of these sales are only a day or two and only come around once or twice a year.

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Woohoo Cavallini 2016 Warehouse Sale

cavallini-warehouse-saleCavallini 2016 Warehouse Sale. November 19, 2016.

The Cavallini 2016 Warehouse Sale comes once a year, lasts five brief hours, and will wow you with finely crafted, vintage-inspired gifts and paper products made from high quality material.

Find rock bottom prices on discontinued products, samples, close-outs, overruns, and select seconds.

Mark your calendar — this is a deal you will want to track.

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