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The Grande Bazaar!

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Friday, November 11, 2011, In : Second-hand shops 
A few weeks ago one of my blog readers sent me a hot tip about a place she thought I might like...She was right!

Bazaar Gilman is truly a grand bazaar.

Sitting just across from Berkeley Bagel on Gilman Street on a lot that used to sell pottery, it is now tented and plumb full of all kinds of treasures.

There are bins filled with great stuff like these gold aluminum molded letters (much better than any you'll find elsewhere) for only 2 to 3 dollars each,

Shelves full of sterling silver,

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Little Shop Of Hoarders

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Thursday, September 22, 2011, In : Second-hand shops 

There's a new little shop in town. 

The "Little Shop of Hoarders"!

It is packed full of surprises and styled fabulously.

a wonderful collection of gilt frames 


a collection of fire nozzles
 A partnership between four friends: Ron Morgan, Therese Long, Tom Burke, and one other. You may remember Ron Morgan from the infamous
"Loot" on College Avenue in Oakland. After a long run, Ron decided to move his shop to Lafayette along with his Floral/Garden Club consulting business. But now we are lucky ...

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Salvaged Artefacts

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Friday, September 9, 2011, In : Second-hand shops 

If you are passing through Sonoma, you must make a stop at Artefact Design & Salvage. Just make a day of it and have a picnic in the beautiful vineyards while enjoying a glass of wine!

Artefact Design & Salvage is a 4000 square foot showroom filled with wonderful installations (large and small), old artifacts rescued from demolition, 

art and lighting,

garden paraphernalia and sculptures,

as well as objects for your home.

You will return with great ideas!

Artefact Design & Salvage
23562 Highway 121...
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It Looks Like a Junkyard...

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Friday, August 19, 2011, In : Second-hand shops 

But it's not! It's a cross between a giant garage sale and a small flea market. Let me tell you, I have found some real jewels here over the past few years!

I'm talking about the "Antique Center" on the southern end of Telegraph Ave. in Berkeley. James Cross has been in business here for over 50 years. With the help of his mother Pamela, a retired interior designer, they find homes for many wayward chairs, end tables, lamps, mirrors, and more. 

Antique Chair...change the seat fabric and polish...

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Simply Modern

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, In : Second-hand shops 

A beautifully curated collection of modern beauties, that is what Modernaire contains in its small space on the corner of Shattuck and Dwight in Downtown Berkeley. 

Bruce Crawford opened Modernaire in Berkeley about 3 years ago after having had stores in Massachusetts and Hawaii.

Similar Driftwood Table 
(Pinterest via Elements of Style)

His inventory covers a wide range, from Art Deco through Post War and Mid-Century. 

You will find Scandanavian designers such as Hans Wegner, Greta Falk,...

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Score! on a Detour

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, In : Second-hand shops 

This is a bit of a detour from home furnishings, but I thought you might appreciate a little tip about one of the best used clothing stores in the Bay Area.

I was in San Francisco doing some interiors shopping for a client when I decided to swing by one of my favorite spots, Goodbyes on Sacramento Street in Presidio Heights. It never fails to disappoint. They have been in business for 19 years offering the best deals in men's and women’s designer apparel.

Goodbyes has two stores that sit ...

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Ohmega Salvage and Urban Ore Redux

Posted by Janelle Renée on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, In : Second-hand shops 
On Saturday, Lori and I braved the rain to check out Ohmega Salvage in Berkeley. Like Urban Ore, they mostly sell reclaimed architectural elements like doors, window, sinks, tubs, and even furniture. According to their blog, they recently received a shipment of antiques from France.

The rain and cold wind urged us to walk briskly through, but I did notice that Ohmega has a very large inventory of glass shades. I was pleased to find a whole rack of them marked "free".

Below, some not-so-free sha...

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I Found A New Home!

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Thursday, March 24, 2011, In : Second-hand shops 

Home 101 Urban General Store.  It’s a great new little shop on the sleepy south end of Shattuck Avenue in Downtown Berkeley.  The owners, Hadley Salz and Allison Etchison, have a keen eye for vintage chic and reuseable items. Their eclectic mix of wares includes vintage china and crystal, furniture such as chairs, desks, and cabinets as well as candles, jewelry, tea towels, and more!  


Here is one of their tables I wish I could find a home for.

This would make a wonderful small coffee ...

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Antique Faire at Alameda Point

Posted by Janelle Renée on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, In : Second-hand shops 

The first Sunday of every month one of the largest antique shows in California takes place in Alameda... unless that first Sunday is a rainy day as Lori and I discovered on March 6th. Fortunately for us, the Alameda Point Antiques Faire has a "rainout rollover" policy and the show gets postponed to the following Sunday.

Although there were fewer vendors at the rollover event this past Sunday than on a usual faire Sunday, Lori and I spotted many great finds.

Above is a pair of cane chairs for $...

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Salvaged Treasures at the Salvation Army

Posted by Janelle Renée on Friday, March 11, 2011, In : Second-hand shops 

Today marks the 131st year that the Salvation Army has been operating in the US. Like many of the first Americans, it too originated from England.

Lori and I visited the Salvation Army Store on Webster St. in Downtown Oakland a few weeks ago.  I was still on my hunt for a bookshelf and a table for my sacred space.

Thrift store shopping is inevitably a hit-or-miss experience. This time, it was a hit! Well, at least a partial hit.  I found a little table in excellent condition and of good quality...
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Spotlight On...Deals and more at Urban Ore.

Posted by Janelle Renée on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, In : Second-hand shops 

Urban Ore on Ashby Ave. in Berkeley hasn't changed too much since my first visit there nearly 10 years ago.  It still has an earthy smell twinged with the smell of "old"--not unlike the smell of the home your grandparents have lived in since 1953.

Urban Ore's website claims that on an average day, they save 20 tons of material that would have otherwise been lost at a local dump.  Granted, some of the items you find at Urban Ore might feel more at home at the dump, but then again, one ...
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