Monday, March 15, 2010

A good cause

Last weekend, the community of Piedmont, Ca. held their annual garage sale to raise money to supplement the cost to send a group of  kids to Mexico to build 16 homes in a village near Tijuana.

The garage sale was held at The Piedmont Community Church.

Piedmont is located in the East Bay adjacent to Oakland.

It is one of the most beautiful communities in the Bay Area with stately homes nestled in the foothills of Oakland, many with breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay.

It was my first time at this annual event.

It was very well organized!
Housewares, sporting goods, knickknacks, books, and collectibles were in the main hall.

Next door was the jewelry, as well as purses, scarves and other misc. accessories.

Downstairs was furniture and art...

which is where I found a couple of things.

There's my Mom trying to negotiate a better price on a great item she found for my brother's upcoming 50th Birthday!!!

Here's what I found.

I couldn't pass up this classic table with it's amazing distressed/pickled finish.  I thought it was a steal at $35!

I also picked up this Italian marble topped pedestal.  A bargain at $25.

Then back upstairs to retrieve and pay for this sweet glass cloche number...

another bargain at just 5 bucks.

A quick peek inside the church before leaving.

My Mom and husband thanking God for Chris getting into UCLA!

After loading our stuff into the back of our trusty Volvo wagon we noticed there was another garage sale just down the street a ways...

(double click any image for close up detail)

It was hard to walk past this pair of french beauties, especially when I spied their price tags of $10 each!  Needless to say, I scooped them right up!

The lady of the house said she was tired of them.

I told them to bid farewell to their Piedmont Estate... they were coming home to live with me in Alameda.


Kathysue said...

Terri, I love those little french chairs, I think I would have scooped those up also, even though I have absolutley no place to put them. What a great find. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a sweet note, you always do. xo Kathysue

gerre lynne - soiree muse said...

Oh my goodness Terri, that cherub table is the cat's meow! Also coveting the chairs. Why they were giving them away, no? (*_*)

Be well, be happy and...keep shopping!
gerre lynne

A Perfect Gray said...

ohmygoodness. I am dying here. both those tables are wonderful, especially the italian one. And $10 chairs - WHO finds stuff like that anymore??? I mean, really. What are you keeping and what is going to be sold to lucky buyers??

La Dolfina said...

Donna... everything is for sale :)

A Perfect Gray said...

I hear ya', babe!

FrenchBlue said...

Oh Gosh you just have too much fun I think! These finds are the absolute BEST and you have such the eye girlfriend!! Is that Mommy of yours for sale? I love her!

Beach House Living said...

My goodness chairs for $10.00, that sale was amazing.

Unknown said...

Wow! You got some amazing steals...chalk this all up to just ONE more reason why I wish I was living in California! So jealous! Congrats on your son getting into UCLA...major accomplishment! (for you both! good job!)

joanna said...


What a lovely week- end you had, loved all your picks, especially that "sweet glass cloche number"...

Best of all was that beautiful heavenly blue colored church --and your family taking the time to say a prayer of gratefulness.

Here is one I kept on my refrigerator as a daily reminder. Best Joanny

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, and confusion into clarity…. It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. by Melodie Beattie

Tuuli - Lumo Lifestyle said...

Again you have found some wonderful items!

Kellie Collis said...

Oh my goodness- what wonderful finds! x

Splendid Willow said...

Therese, I am drooling, drooling! Congratulations, girl! What finds! (And I think your Mom is your lucky charm!).

I also saw some beautiful wingback chairs in the background...

And TONS of congratulations Christopher! We are all so proud of you!

ox, Mon

Angie said...

WOW!! I LOVE that table and can not believe you scored it for $35??? Great stuff!

Tracy Watier said...

Wow. Piedmont people toss out some nice stuff! I would have snapped up all that blue glass at the church.
You've reminded me that there's a community rummage sale I meant to attend this coming weekend. At least, I think it's THIS weekend - hope it wasn't LAST! Better check my schedule and make sure so I don't miss out.

1 Funky Woman said...

What a fantastic table you found. That looked like an amazing sale. I tagged you in my post today, please check me out, Happinesss 101 award


Debra@CommonGround said...

Hi Terri, I just found you thru SCF, just a beautiful blog!

lisa golightly said...

Woweee did you score my friend ! I am itching to get out this Fri for some deals like this. If I can only be half as lucky !!

cheers to you !
P.S. Yes it was Lynn ! ;)

Trouvais said...

OMG...those French chairs!!!!!! Love the side table, too. really scored. XO Trish

Anonymous said...

Negotiating a lower price at a fundraiser? Not cool. Not cool at all. Should pay full price if not more.

Karena said...

What great finds, really love the distressed table! Well done!!

Art by Karena

Acanthus and Acorn said...

You are one savvy about a SCORE!!!

Noel Solomon said...

Hi Therese! It looks like you had a fun time and found some GREAT finds!! You gave me the buzz to go hunting. It's been a while and I miss it. I lovee that little table you got.

Thank you for telling me about Rita's post! I just saw it and am in awe - she is a gem!

Hope you're having a wonderful day~~

xo Noel


What FAB FINDS!!! Loved the first table with its' distressed finish and the chairs you spied at only $10 ea!! WTG!!

Lots O'Luck today
:D Lynda

ashlina {the decorista} said...

ok first of all, may i just say that you brighten my world! :) thank you for your sweet comments. sending you a big huge hug over the WWW.
now...i am loving your finds...that glass number is adorable. wish i had one...and those chairs. at 10 dollars? c'mon! im just a teeny bit jealous!
+ its for a good cause...

i love it!

Anonymous said...

OMG this looks like so much fun! We want to come next time!
See you soon!

Eddie + Jaithan

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love to garage sale ust because of the amazing things you can find. I think your garage sales are better than the ones we have up here in WA. Have fun with your finds, I am sure you have some wonderful ideas for them.