06 December 2007

p.s. i love you, part three

** sadly, the 111 mall has gone out of business, so this post is now just for nostalgia's sake. ps- john, we miss you! call us!

maison21's final super "secret" palm springs' source for fabulous finds, is of course, like the rest, no secret at all, but i'm surprised to find how many decoristas within driving distance of palm springs don't know about it yet. i suppose that's a good thing for maison21, but at the risk of hurting our own business, and far worse- the risk of someone else finding a treasure THAT WE DESPERATELY NEED FOR OUR OWN HOME, the secret is this: when maison21 is in the desert, the very first stop he makes on his way into town (and usually the last before he leaves again) is the 111 antique mall.

the 111 antique mall is in the most unlikely of locations, tucked into a half-empty mini-mall on the corner of racquet club and palm canyon- the first major intersection as you arrive in palm springs on highway 111. you'll know you're in the right spot when you see the carls jr in the corner of the parking lot. please note- if you visit the 111's website via the link, the cathedral city location listed has recently closed (a good thing- means the palm springs location has even more stuff, and you don't have to make the schlep out to c.c., unless you want to visit maison21's other "secret" sources out that way).

the 111 mall is run by maison21's two favorite johns in the desert- no, not what you're thinking, as maison21 is FAR too old to be a rentboy- we're speaking of john hall and john connell, sweethearts both of them. john hall is a true pioneer of modernism in the desert, having run the fabulous john's resale for years, selling mid-century modern long before the current craze ignited, and john connell, well, his schtick alone is worth a visit- he should charge a cover for his comedy act. warning: his act is rated "m" for mature, so leave the kids at home (and your husband/boyfriend too, especially if he's hot). just kidding- he's actually pretty harmless, so the kids won't be shocked, and please do give the guy a thrill and bring your handsome husbands :). here's photo of the outrageous john c. in action on a consigned red satin heart-shaped hooker bed- talk about an unusual find, but somebody's gonna love it and work the hell out of it in their home (the bed, not john connell).


the 111 antique mall is divided into individual booths, some run by individual vendors, and some filled with consignments edited by john hall, and the whole thing is simply PACKED with goodies, in every style imaginable- from the one-a-kind high kitsch of the hooker bed to the incredible chic of the following pair of rougier lamps and faux machalite-lacquered widdicomb sideboard (they would be lovely and welcomed additions to the permanent collection here at the maison21 atelier, thank you very much). maison21 never leaves the 111 mall empty handed, and if you do, well, you just aren't trying hard enough...



the best thing about the 111 is that because the merchandise is supplied by individual vendors and individual consignees, both the styles of merchandise as well as the prices vary greatly, so there really is something for everyone, and some incredible bargains are to be had. on our last visit, the highest price m21 noted was $2400 for the most amazing super-thick scrolled lucite coffee table- not the cheapest price ever, but if you were to purchase the same table in any metropolitan area of the world, that price would be quadrupled. most of the prices are much more reasonable- like $600 for an incredible pair of high back modern chinoiserie throne chairs, or $995 for a double helix stacked lucite coffee table, and some prices are a downright steal, like $95 for a giant chinois brass lamp or $195 for a set of slightly scratchy lucite nesting tables (an easy fix). maison21 is getting those last two on his next visit to the springs, along with the coral mentioned in a prior post if they are still there- he greatly regrets passing all three up this time, and doesn't know what in the heck he was thinking. note: these prices are all from maison21's rather addled memory- please don't go to the 111 mall and demand those prices because m21 posted them on his blog. the 111 mall should not be made to pay the price for the brain cells killed during maison21's misspent 80's youth.



one last tip before you run off to plunder the 111 mall of all it's merchandise (and quite possibly ruin maison21's livelihood and future home decorating dreams in the process): while the 111 mall is worth a visit any time you are in palm springs, it's worth a special trip out to ps in the hottest dog days of summer. because when it's hot, and tourism is down and business is slow, most (but not all) of the dealers will have sales marking down everything in their booths by 10%- 30% off. and since many of the dealers live in palm springs year-round, they are still stocking their booths with fabulous finds- so you have fresh treasures with less competition, and bargains to boot! maison21 is willing to risk a little heat stroke for that! now those of you who live in southern california, or are planning a visit to ps in the near furture, get your decorating-addicted bootays over to the 111 antique mall! but maison21 would appreciate it if you were to please wait until after the holidays- maison21 wants that lamp and set of nesting tables and will be in palm springs between xmas and new years to get them- he thanks you very much.


12 comments:

Habitually Chic said...

Now I really wish I lived near Palm Springs! The mall looks like a candy store! I love all fun modern paintings in the photos in addition to the great furniture. Lucky you!

maison21 said...

chic- it totally is a like candy store! if you ever want to come visit palm springs, let me know- i owe you a fantastic dinner for your wonderful post introducing me to the blogging world (people who aren't my close friends or family are actually reading me now! who knew?)

and that painting in the photo under the one with the rougier lamps is looking mighty good to me, now that you mention it- think i might have to check that out again too, if it's still there on my next visit! :)

Suzy said...

OK. Now I really need to get my butt over there soon!

midcenturyjo said...

ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!! I live on the other side of the world and you are torturing me!!

Things That Inspire said...

This puts me in the mood to go treasure shopping...for myself. Which is not what I should be focusing on in mid-December when I still have shopping to do for others!!!! Great pictures.

Alkemie said...

What a fabulous place!! We have a collective like this in San Francisco but what's neat is that every place has such a broad array of items. Looks wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing about this place.

The Paris Apartment said...

Thanks for the great tour! These untapped consignment malls are all over the country and each has such personality! I'm doing the Palm Beach ones this winter...come over and check em out!

Anonymous said...

You are right John "the floor boy" is FUN. He got me for over$3,600.00 worth of great things and even arranged to ship it to N.y. I was in the store for 3 hours and I'm still not sure I saw everything. I went back on sunday, it seem like the whole place changed merchandise.

Anonymous said...

saddly john sold items and didnt pay the dealers,closed the mall and told everybody to sue himm.....pathetic crook!.....

maison21 said...

that breaks my heart, anon- i had heard that the 111 closed, and i hope that their dealings with their vendors are being handled in a fair and business like fashion. these are challenging times for all of us connected with the decor industry, and in difficult times, stress can cause things to collapse in ugly fashions- look at the financial industry...

all i can say is my business and personal dealings with john have always been positive, so i am withholding judgment until i know the situation better, and i hope for the best with all the dealers and the two johns.

VICTIM111ANTIQUEMALL said...

Hello maison21,
The John's decieved the vendors, and took the money and ran. Making 1/2 payments on bogus checks, which can't be procecuted. Using fictitious lawyers, and litteraly stealing thousands from the vendors. Only until someone tried to sue them was it disclosed that John Hall was not the owner of record, needless to say that vendor lost his case. Well thought out and well planned... The vendors are out with no restitution and no remorse from these two theives. There are more horror stories, but this is the bottom line. Don't ever do business with these two fruads.

maison21 said...

anon- like said, all my dealings with the johns have been excellent and extremely professional- so until i have proof otherwise, i'm going to hope for the best. if you'd like to contact me, and explain your side, im happy to hear, but anonymous blog comments aren't really the best or most accurate testimony. my email is available at the top right of the page.