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Symphony Associates “Upscale Sale” This Weekend


This weekend is your chance to find a treasure at the Third Annual  Spokane Symphony Associates “Upscale Sale.”


I’m a big fan of the sale and try to never miss it. (I wrote about last year’s favorite finds here.) 


This year’s sale is bigger and better than ever thanks to Carol Worthington-Borodin’s donation of more than 10,000 pieces of fine china and 1,000 pieces of fine crystal. Worthington, a noted appraiser and antiques dealer, donated pieces from her former pattern-matching business. If you've ever wanted to add to your china collection, or you're looking for pieces to complete a set, this is a perfect opportunity.

Other always-wonderful-to-find items include furs, silver, musical instruments, books, linens and holiday decorations.


The Upscale Sale has become the place for scoring great deals on antiques, designer clothing, brand-name furniture as well as vintage rugs, costume jewelry and household items. More than 150 individuals have contributed to the sale.


For a $5 admission, early Birds can take advantage of the 5:30 - 7pm Thursday evening preview sale and shop before the sale opens to the public Friday morning at 8am.


All proceeds benefit the Spokane Symphony.

See you there?

Spokane Symphony Associates “Upscale Sale.”
Where: 1027 W. 3rd Ave. (Between Monroe & Madison Streets.)
When: Early Bird sale Thursday, June 2, 5:30 - 7pm.
Regular Hours: Friday, June 3, 8am-5pm, and Saturday, June 4, 8am-3pm.

Symphony Upscale Sale: Selling For a Song

     I stopped by the Spokane Symphony Associates Upscale Sale today. I had too many commitments yesterday and couldn’t make the preview sale but wasn’t worried about it. The way I see it, if there’s something there for me, I’ll find it. If not, well, I’ll have a good time looking around and visiting with friends. Today was no exception.

     By the time I dropped in the sale was packed. As a Spokane Symphony Associates member this made me very happy. The SSA raises a large portion of the operating funds for the Spokane Symphony. The sale is a small portion of the money contributed each year - Christmas Tree Elegance brings in the big bucks -  but every dollar counts.

     Before I’d even gotten all the way through the door I spotted something I wanted. A small, shabby, slightly tattered handwoven rug had been placed on the floor to cover power cords. They hadn’t even marked it.  We settled on a price, it was put on a table behind the cash register and I moved on.

     By the time I left I had another small rug, this time a well-worn 1930s Iranian rug, and a stack of white linen napkins. The napkins were quite the deal at $2 for six. I was thrilled with my finds and happy to write the check. A win for all involved.

     But it gets better. Tomorrow (Saturday,) after 3pm., all remaining items will be half-price. That’s when the good deals turn into screaming deals. So, go. Shop, Spend and buy. The SSA has gathered a building full of treasures and they’re selling it all for a song.

Details: Spokane Symphony Associates Upscale Sale: Saturday, June 5, 8am-5pm at the former BlockBuster Video Building at 1312 S. Grand Blvd.