Oh How We Love a Sale!

You won't believe the great finds at Houston Design Center sample sale, prices slashed

You won't believe the great finds at Houston Design Center sample sale

News, Shelby, Houston Design Center, sample sale, Aug. 2015
This sofa at Design House was priced at $5,625 is now $3,375 and includes the decorative pillows. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center, sample sale, Aug. 2015
The sample sale includes furniture of all styles and for all tastes. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center, sample sale, Aug. 2015
Contemporary lounge chairs at John Simon Resources. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center, sample sale, Aug. 2015
Now this is a sale! At Scalamandré. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center, sample sale, Aug. 2015
Scene One Interiors is reducing everything in the showroom by 50 percent. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center, sample sale, Aug. 2015
Terri Pugh Studio is emptying its warehouse for the sample sale. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center, sample sale, Aug. 2015
Bunch & Shoemaker has markdowns throughout the showroom and on some items prices are slashed. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center, sample sale, Aug. 2015
Markdowns at Lighting Treasures will be on selected items. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center, sample sale, Aug. 2015
Scene One Interiors puts it all on sale in advance of a remodel. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center, sample sale, Aug. 2015
This dining set was $17,000, now priced at $4,900 at Bunch & Shoemaker. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center, sample sale, Aug. 2015
Everything in this photo is half price this weekend at Scene One Interiors. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center, sample sale, Aug. 2015
Dining table and chairs at Charlotte Nail Antiques are priced at 50 percent below retail. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center, sample sale, Aug. 2015
Scalamandré has markdowns on furnishings including pieces by Grange. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center, sample sale, Aug. 2015
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center, sample sale, Aug. 2015
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center, sample sale, Aug. 2015
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center, sample sale, Aug. 2015
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center, sample sale, Aug. 2015
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center, sample sale, Aug. 2015
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center, sample sale, Aug. 2015
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center, sample sale, Aug. 2015
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center, sample sale, Aug. 2015
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center, sample sale, Aug. 2015
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center, sample sale, Aug. 2015
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center, sample sale, Aug. 2015
News, Shelby, Houston Design Center, sample sale, Aug. 2015

Even though my home is fully furnished and I don't often think of interiors shopping, I love the Houston Design Center's annual Designer Sample Sale. So much to see, so many bargains.

Wednesday morning, I took a quick tour through the 11 showrooms that are participating in the sale that runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday. By lunchtime, I was dreaming of redecorating.

I zeroed in on particular sofa, originally priced at $5,625 and marked down to $3,375 including the four decorative pillows. The find was in Design House Inc. where items are marked down 20 percent retail and 40 percent to the trade with even greater markdowns on selected pieces. But the real bargains will come this weekend, when an empty showroom space located in another leg of the center is filled with furnishings and accessories from the Design House warehouse.

At Scalamandré, the chandelier originally priced at $7,000 and now down to $1,050 appeared to be one of the best buys of the upcoming sale-athon while Johnson Simon Resources will be selling lounge chairs and task seating — discontinued or salesman samples — at 50 percent and more below retail. You'll find chairs there priced as low as $20 and $50.

The math is simple at Scene One Interiors where everything is marked down by 50 percent. That includes candles, picture frames, lamps, sofas, beds, chests. As the saying goes, everything must go as the showroom prepares for a complete facelift.

On Friday at 11 am, HGTV design star Jamie House will make a presentation on how to work with a design professional. Ramping up the party atmosphere of the day, gourmet food trucks will lift their awnings at 11:30 am and continue food service until 2 pm.

Additional showrooms slashing prices are Bunch & Shoemaker, Charles Ray & Associates, Charlotte Nail Antiques, Lighting Treasures, Pride of Persia Rug Co., Postmodern Traditions and Terri Pugh Studio.