Posts Tagged ‘home accessories’

Treasure throw-aways. This estate sale give valuable goods a second chance.

In Living a Life Off-Center on October 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Sterling silver medallion. My precious!

When I lived in the UK I enjoyed watching a TV show entitled Antique Roadshow which followed a host (can’t even remember his name anymore) going from town to town in England looking at what seemed like group “garage sale”. I use the word “garage” loosely because most of these lawn-based sales comprised mostly of antiques. Antiques that to the untrained eye, could just be a piece of junk. Yet, with the expertise of the host and a little clever salestalk from the seller, the value of each piece started to shine. Sure, there were things there that you’d never spend a sterling on but it was wonderful to see an ugly duckling of a thing leave with an incredible pricetag after it was appraised. Truly, one man’s junk can be one man’s treasure.

Come sail away with me. Get shipwrecked while searching for something special.

Locally, there is the Estate Sale Philippines that has taken upon itself to be the curator for other people’s no longer wanted pieces, these pieces range from small knick-knacks to full on dining tables and chairs. For someone furnishing their house or apartment this is a great opportunity to have dibs on quality furniture and home accessories rather than going through more generic pieces found at local malls and retail shops. A lot of the pieces are one-of-a-kind, since some are custom-made or no longer found in the market.

All kinds of classy glasses. Entertaining gets easier.

Aside from a whole range of things to choose from, one can walk away with something for every budget. You can pick up a full-on tea set for about 500pesos, gem-encrusted pillboxes for 20,000, wine glasses, decanters, utensils. and the list goes on. Best to trot on over to see what you can discover for yourself or even gifts for those on your Christmas list.You might even pick up a fashion accessory too such as these vintage-fully beaded clutches that go for less than P1000 each!

Full beaded bags. A steal for less than a thousand bucks each!

Find something fabulous in a unique shopping venue this October. 🙂 I’ve got my eye on a sterling silver tambourine medallion for my holiday bling!

Check out this special sale on:  124 Malvar Street Ayala Alabang on October 24, Wednesday until October 27, Saturday from 9:00 a.m -7:00p.m.   

View the link for a sneak peek at the items that will be on sale:

Bacolod Beauties-the 2012 Negros Trade Fair

In Living a Life Off-Center on September 30, 2012 at 12:48 am

I love fairs, well, I generally love organized events where one can shop in relative comfort without being hounded by salespeople or merchants as you take your time browsing through booth after booth.

Throw pillows as great accents from My Domesticity

This year’s Negros Trade Fair (yes, I’m sure that doesn’t sound quite right to some of you non-Filipino readers)  is a much awaited sale event for merchants from the areas of Bacolod, Silay and other towns from the Negros Occidental area of the Philippines. I remember going last year and heading straight to the food and wasn’t disappointed this time around with the very enticing aroma emanating from The Freakin Chicken booth:

Bacolod’s famous chicken inasal-fried.

Food lovers are familiar with “Chicken inasal” which has a rather addictive vinegar-tang to it, this is that, plus the flavor of being fried. Yes, it’s over-indulgent, and you need to be ready for it.

Freakin’ Chicken’s Christine Coro preparing me some chorizo to sample

If you’re not a fan of chicken, there were other viands on offer. Still looking a tad on the oily side in my opinion but they smelled wonderful. I think this would be great for an earlier meal or something to share with the whole family at the very least. Of course in terms of one’s sweet tooth there were jars, bottles and other plastic (I do hope they can be recycled) containers full of Negrense sweets:

C-is for cookies

Sweet offerings galore…

So eat, then move again. I love these kinds of fairs indeed! I went over to Mariel San Agustin’s My Domesticity Booth and oooh’d and aaah’d at the bright colors she used for her kitchen and dining accessories:

Turquoise topped rice bowls and other storage items from My Domesticity

Lime green trays plus containers for your condiments

I felt these would be perfect gifts for a housewarming even a wedding. If you’re not sure of color preferences or even color schemes of someone’s home then sticking to the darker, wood-y shades is safe:

These are still some of the best-sellers if you want to buy on the “safe” side as the go with everything

This fair was a haven for me for all things home. Truth be told I wasn’t too impressed with the fashion accessories, and kept to the home accessory booths for my own purchases, whether for myself or to give away. Some standouts were:

Lovely placemats and runners at Php 400 a set!

Beautiful light frames

Unusual lamp shades and shapes

A huge hardwood (re-purposed) chair

Today (September 30) is the last day of the 2012 Negros Trade Fair (it’s been running since Wednesday) so get your Sunday shopping on, grab your Christmas list and head on over to the Rockwell Tent in Makati for lots of great finds and food!

The Negros Trade Fair is open til 9pm tonight and there is an entrance fee of Php40 at the door.