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29 June 2009

palm springs vintage furniture resource: the estate sale

in a recent post teasing about our then-upcoming mention in "ty pennington at home" magazine (on newsstands now!), maison21 promised to reveal a source for vintage furniture in palm springs, so today we'll take you on a mini- tour of one of our must-stop-shops when out in the desert.

the estate sale is a series of 4 buildings, one of them warehouse sized, along with a courtyard of outdoor furniture, located at 4135 e. palm canyon dr.- kind of in the no-mans land between palm springs proper and cathedral city- not much to see in the immediate vicinity outside of car dealerships, but it's definitely worth a stop. individual consignors bring in their finds to the estate sale (including a selection of art and jewelry), so furniture styles vary wildly (as do prices) and though it can be heavy on baaaaaad furniture from the 1990's, there are for sure gems to be found. as a matter of fact, with the demise of the late and lamented 111 antique mall, it may be maison21's new favorite bargain shopping in the desert! (and boy, are we bummed the the 111 mall is gone- like a stake through the heart, it is- click here to see why).

during our last visit to the estate sale, we forgot our camera during our first visit, so returned again just before closing at 4:00 on a sunday afternoon to snap these hurried pictures for y'all. we warn you, go at least an hour and a half before they close, as they start pulling the furniture overflow from the parking lots back inside, so things are crowded and chaotic! not ideal shopping conditions, or picture taking conditions either!before we even got in the front door, we spotted all kinds of goodies, including the above mid-century slipper chairs which we immediately scooped up for a client. recovered in a jewel tone silk or velvet, they will be stunning, and we might lacquer the frames in black so they look more asian-y and less danish-y (don't you love our technical design terms)?

how about this thick legged lucite table? so cheap at under 400 bucks if we remember correctly...

why we didn't buy this tesselated stone and brass maitland-smith mirror we'll never know... we've regretted it ever since, and if it's still there on our next visit, it's ours!

this pair of settees of recent vintage was perfect for one of our clients, but was part of a larger suite of furniture we didn't need- while we were working with one salesperson to see if the consignor would split it up, another salesperson sold the whole set out from under us! drat! but there is always more goodness out there, so c'est la vie...

they have a courtyard full of outdoor furniture, in varying states of use. resprayed, the woven fiberglass peacock chairs could be fabulous, and the 60's modern fiberglass game table set next to them was awesome as well.

we thought those lattice panels (the 3 with the finaials) could be good for something, and if there was a pair of the wicker onion dome etageres, they would be home with us right now!


we loved, loved, loved this pair of orange lacquered chinoiserie chests, but sadly don't have a client who could use them at the moment. at $800.00 they were a deal, but a bit outside of our comfort zone to buy them on spec.

another item we should have snapped up- a vintage 80's lightolier chandelier for dirt cheap. again, if it's still there on our return, it's ours!

maison21's next post will be before and after photos of the palms springs home just published in ty pennington at home (we know, again with the plugs- tsk, tsk- but we don't get something we worked on published everyday, ya know!) so be sure to check back in- it's quite the amazing transformation! really!

13 comments:

Pigtown-Design said...

how cool is it that you can post in the future... but i guess that's what cali's all about!

great things. i'd love to poke around there.

La Maison Fou said...

I can't wait to get there....just a few more days! I must make this a stop on the tour!
Thanks M21
Leslie

Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

I have actually shopped around that wonderful Palm Springs establishment, although it's been several years now. I loved it & could spend hours there. Those lattice panels I would of loved to have taken home. Congrat's for your mention in Tye P.'s mag. You must be thrilled?!

mary said...

Love those slipper chairs! Thanks for the information..

Jennifer said...

I once saw a huge Warhol-like painting of Steven Segal at The Estate Sale. I am not even kidding around. It was disturbing.

mary said...

Manon, love your French.

CynthiaJay said...

Why the heck am I living in Boston??? There is NOTHING like this out here. (Hmmm, business opportunity??)

Patricia Gray said...

I looked for the 111 mall last time I was in Palm Springs, but was disappointed to see it gone. I will have to check this one you have posted about next time I am there. Some great finds!!!

Tracy @ comfortandluxury said...

Thanks for the tip! Next time I drive out to the desert, I'll take the suv instead of the convertible and see what I can find! (of course, taking the suv might just jinx my ability to find anything... like having gobs of cash at the flea market!)

Ivy Lane said...

I am in love with the orange lacquered chests!!!!!

Suzy said...

It makes me want to cry - that's how desperate I am to do some furniture shopping stateside...

s.w.design said...

I'm so happy to see that The Estate Sale is still around! When I was first married, we lived in Palm Desert and The Estate Sale was one of my favorite resources. 15+ years later, I still have a few treasures from there in my home. We haven't been back in years, but seeing your finds makes me want to take a road trip....

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