Category Archives: North Bay

Bel Marin Keys 2017 Spring Warehouse Sale

Bel Marin Keys 2017 Spring Warehouse Sale. May 5 + 6, 2017.

Mark your calendar for the Bel Marin Keys 2017 Spring Warehouse Sale  – the best ‘underground’ sales event in Marin county.

Nine manufacturers, importers, and merchants will open their warehouses to the public for two shopping-filled days.

Purchase at steep discounts home accessories, Italian glass and ceramics, kitchen ware, award-winning wine, jewelry, candles, gardening merch, and more.

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Perfectly Imperfect: Heath Ceramics Seconds Sale Spring 2017

Heath Ceramics Seconds Sale Spring 2017. May 5 – 7, 2017

 Heath Ceramics Seconds Sale Spring 2017 is your chance to stock up on slightly less than perfect Heath dinnerware, bud vases, and serving pieces.

All Heath seconds and overstock tile are an additional 20% off (a savings of up to 40% off first quality retail prices)

Plus save up to 50% off retail select linens, books, home accessories, and more.

Prepare to experience bowl, plate, and cup joy.

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We Are Obsessed With These 10 Artful(l) Holiday Events!

Art.10 Artful(l) Holiday Events Around The Bay Area December 2-4, 9-11, 17-18, 2016.

Get ready to deck your halls, walls, table tops, and body with hand-made, unique goods from one of these 10 Artful(l) Holiday Events!

Whatever you are looking for – art glass, prints, sculptures, paintings, jewelry, ceramics, textiles, wood, leather – you name it, you will find it. All art styles, mediums, and budgets accommodated.

This is a great opportunity to check off your entire holiday shopping list and support a local artisan. Score!

Tips worth repeating for this season of sales: 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/fairs at the same time strategic planning is a must. If a sale/fair 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. Continue reading

12 Tips For Shopping Heath Ceramics Annual Sale and Open Studio

heath-ceramics-annual-sale-and-open-studio-fall-2016Heath Ceramics Annual Sale and Open Studio. In store: November 18–21, 2016. Online: November 18–20, 2016

Just in time for the start of holiday entertaining (and gift giving), Heath Ceramics Annual Sale and Open Studio brings you 20% off all in-store purchases and 15% off all online purchases. Plus enjoy factory and studio tours, workshops, and good eats.

Prepare to experience bowl, plate, and cup joy.

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Get Cooking: Kuhn Rikon Warehouse Sale


kuhn-rikon-warehouse-sale-2016Kuhn Rikon Warehouse Sale. November 17 – 19, 2016.

Mark your calendar for the Kuhn Rikon Warehouse Sale.

Normally found in high-end specialty cookware shops worldwide, this sale is your chance to purchase directly from the source high quality cooking tools and cookware.

Prices are wholesale and below. As in way below what you would spend at your fave cooking stores even if you have one (or 5) of those ubiquitous (yet loved) blue 20% off coupons….
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Mother’s Day Cheat Sheet: 7 Fun Free Ways to Celebrate Mom

Mother’s Day Cheat Sheet

Mother’s Day Cheat Sheet: 7 Fun Free Ways to Celebrate Mom. May 8, 2016.

Not to alarm you but Sunday is Mother’s Day. Consider skipping the all-you-can-eat brunch and taking Mom to one of these Free Mother’s Day activities. BTW  – most of the activities on this list don’t require a Mom and all are fun.

Just for the record, I admit to having mixed feelings about this artificial holiday. Mother’s Day is cleverly designed to pull coins of the realm out of your pocket. And, like most holidays, Mother’s Day has the potential of creating guilt, isolation, and disappointment. I know, what’s a holiday without that trio?

So whether you are celebrating Mother’s Day, or are just looking for something fun to do this weekend, check out this Mother’s Day cheat sheet – a curated list of free (or close to free) events.

Have some fun. Your mother would approve. I swear.

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Bel Marin Keys 2016 Spring Warehouse Sale

Bel Marin Keys 2016 Spring Warehouse Sale

Bel Marin Keys Spring Warehouse Sale. April 28-30, 2016.

Mark your calendar for the Bel Marin Keys 2016 Spring Warehouse Sale  – the best ‘underground’ sales event in Marin county.

Seven manufacturers, importers, and merchants will open their warehouses to the public for three shopping-filled days.

Purchase at steep discounts home accessories, Italian glass and ceramics, kitchen ware, wine, jewelry, shoes, cheesecake, and personal care products .

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Let The Good Times Roll: SF Beer Week 2016

SF Beer Week 2016SF Beer Week 2016. January 22 thru 31, 2016.

Break out the beer steins –  it’s time for SF Beer Week 2016. This (beloved) annual beer extravaganza celebrates the diversity and quality of craft beer.

With a whopping 600+ beer-centric events on the agenda, the SF Beer Week 2016 organizers should offer (1) a replacement liver and (2) self-cloning instructions. One view of the fun-packed schedule and you will see why.

Not to mention that beer “week” is like a Baker’s dozen – instead of seven days, you get ten. And “San Francisco” is really “Greater Bay Area” with events taking place in and out of San Francisco. This is one time false advertising is a bonus. Like it.

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How To Get a Free Ride Home New Year’s Eve

Free Rides Home NYE

 How To Get a Free Ride Home New Year’s Eve. December 31, 2015. 

With all the “amateurs” on the road, NYE is the time to just say “no” to driving. Here are 7 ways to get a free ride home New Year’s Eve.

Bonus: this post also has information on extended hours on some low-cost public transit systems.

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6 Tips For Heath Ceramics Fall 2015 Sale

Heath Ceramics Open Studio Sale Fall 2015Heath Ceramics Fall 2015 Sale. November 20–23, 2015

Just in time for the start of holiday entertaining (and gift giving), Heath Ceramics Fall 2015 Sale brings you 20% off all in-store purchases,15% off all online purchases, and an extra 30% off seconds and discontinued styles. Plus enjoy factory and studio tours, workshops, and  good eats.

Ready set shop.

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