Designer Yard Sale to offer above-average pickings


The dates of the Designer Yard Sale of the Maryland chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers were given incorrectly in Sunday's HomeStyle column in Maryland Living. The sale will be held Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Gaines McHale Antiques Ltd., 836 Leadenhall St., Baltimore.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Even the most serious of yard-sale addicts have to admit there are flaws to their passion: You have to wade through mountains of other people's castoffs to find the one thing you'd treasure.

But this coming Saturday and Sunday there will be a yard sale of a whole different sort, a yard sale where every single item -- that's every single chair and rug and doodad -- has been personally selected by a professional interior designer.

It's the seventh "almost annual" Designer Yard Sale held by the Maryland chapter of the American Society for Interior Designers at Gaines McHale Antiques Ltd. in Federal Hill.

"Almost annual," explains sale chairman Robert Hancock, "because we've had seven in the last 10 years."

Members of the local design community -- primarily ASID members, both independent interior designers and most of the major design firms, and some local manufacturers -- have donated or consigned items for the sale.

A furniture manufacturing firm is donating a whole tractor-trailer load -- about 75 pieces -- of quality upholstered furniture. Lamps and other lighting fixtures will be coming from local lighting showrooms. More than 50 original oil paintings will be coming from a local gallery.

Bolts of curtain and upholstery material will be donated by both designers and by local workrooms. Some of the fabric will be made up into draperies.

"We have a ton of fabric," Mr. Hancock says, "and speaking of tons, we also have 1,500 pounds of ceramic and marble tiles from local manufacturers.

There will be decorative accessories, antique furniture, wall coverings, pillows, architectural antiques, area rugs and drapery hardware plus window shades. And there will also be some commercial-grade items -- chairs, filing cabinets and heavy-duty fabrics.

Because the sale coincides with Mother's Day weekend, the ASID will have a selection of green plants, flowering plants and herbs for sale -- just the things, they hope, that every mother will love.

"Culinary Designs," the 135-page cookbook with recipes by members of the local chapter, will be on sale.

There will be a coffee and dessert table run by the student chapter of ASID from Maryland Institute. Gourmet baskets from Morton's will be raffled off each day of the sale.

If you're curious about what it would be like to hire an interior designer, you can stop by an information booth manned by members of the local chapter of ASID. There is also a free referral service.

Delivery service will be available for a nominal fee. Because the sale will be indoors this year, it will be held rain or shine.

Proceeds from the sale will finance chapter projects including educational programs and Project PLASE (People Lacking Ample Shelter and Employment), a shelter for the homeless at 102 E. North Ave. Over the past year, members of the Maryland Chapter have been responsible for installing new window treatments and carpeting and refurbishing suspended ceilings throughout the shelter. Unsold items from the yard sale will be redonated to charity -- either to Project PLASE or to other organizations that would need them.

The hours of the Designer Yard Sale will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Gaines McHale is located at 836 Leadenhall St. in Federal Hill. To find it, go south on Light Street into Federal Hill, turn right on Henrietta Street and follow that to the intersection with Leadenhall.

For more information, call the Maryland Chapter ASID office at 685-8415.

* On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Cylburn Arboretum Assocation will hold its annual Market Day, a sale of all things blooming and green -- flowers, ornamental plants, vegetable transplants, herbs and houseplants.

There will also be sections for attic treasures and for crafts as well.

To sustain the energy of Market Day shoppers, there will be a food area selling doughnuts, crab cakes, hamburgers, rum buns and other baked goods, lemon sticks and drinks.

The mansion plus the trails and gardens at Cylburn will be open for strolling.

Cylburn Arboretum is located at 4915 Greenspring Ave. For more information, call 367-2217.

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