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Symphony Upscale Sale: Selling For a Song

 (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)
(Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

     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.

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Cheryl-Anne Millsap writes about antiques and collectibles and the love of all things vintage. Millsap's Home Planet column appears each week in the Wednesday "Pinch" supplement and she is The Spokesman-Review's female automobile reviewer. She is a regular contributor to Spokane Public Radio and her essays can be heard on Public Radio stations across the country. Cheryl-Anne is the author of "Home Planet: A Life in Four Seasons."