Estate Sale: A Packed Berkeley Bungalow


I once had a conversation with a revered interior designer who had a shop in San Francisco (he’s since moved to New York) that went like this:

Me: “What do you say to people who say you get all of your wares at flea markets and estate sales?”

Him: “I say: I’ve got it. You want it? You’ve got to pay me for it.”

I started shopping estates sales the next week.

His point was that you have to have an eye when shopping these events. If you don’t have it, you often end up paying double in the stores and online venues of the people who do. I thought of that when I looked at the goods in the Berkeley estate sale. At first glance, it looks like a jumble. Look again, and you see some OWP—objects with possibilities.

Take for instance the items above. Cabinet radios continue to be a popular accessory, and I love the dial on this one. The crowded tables are full of costume jewelry and vintage plates—perfect for adorning yourself and your table this holiday.

Speaking of the holiday table, if you need some items for preparing and serving Thanksgiving dinner, you’ll find plenty here. As a child, I loved eating on the old-school TV trays my grandmother had. If you have overflow for the big meal, check out the midcentury trays above.

If you are already thinking about the next big holiday, this household sale has some creative possibilities for decorating and gift giving.

Not to mention some interesting interior and clothing items. Is that a Dorothy Draper chest on the far left? Well, hello.

You can find the goods at 1623 Delaware St. in Berkeley. The sale runs Saturday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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