Saturday I finally took the trip over to the BIGNYC warehouse in Astoria to check out the scene. It's a bit off the beaten path but the directions on the site are perfect. Overall, I left with the impression that it's a good place for building materials (tons of doors and windows) but a little light on the furnishings. The staff is friendly and helpful--loading items into cars, answering questions, etc. Those of you planning to do some construction around the house would be wise to take a peek.
From there I headed over to the Salvation Army in Astoria. I've read many tales on other design blogs about the fantastic finds at thrift stores. Plus, as the picture shows, this is a "Super" thrift store--so I was hopeful. My advice with thrift stores is to go in with a pretty loose idea of what you're looking for. I'm in the market for a round coffee table but no such luck. They did, however, have several pieces of silver hotel pieces--sugar bowls, creamers, etc, very reasonably priced. They were silver plated, not sterling, but for $3, that's still a great deal.
I'll leave you with one last pointer from this weekend's adventures. I had my new china/buffet delivered on sunday after running into all sorts of issues the day before. The company I booked pushed back the time and then eventually cancelled with very short notice. It's my own fault for not doing more research online to find a company with more ratings. It all worked out the next day with my pieces delivered by the "Furniture Taxi". They were on time, professional and fairly priced. You can find their listing on craigslist.
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