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Houston Design Center throws out some fab bargains at designer sample sale

Houston Design Center throws out fab bargains at designer sample sale

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The trade-only showrooms open their doors to the public starting Friday for the three-day sample sale charity event. Photo courtesy of Azucar

If you're familiar with the Houston Design Center annual "Designer Sample Sale," you probably already have the savings extravaganza, Friday through Sunday, on your calendar. If it's new to you and you're in the need of anything from dining tables to sofas to artwork, listen up.

The showrooms are once again offering insane savings — as much as 60 percent off — on such a variety of home design pieces that you are bound to find things you didn't even know you needed. So that you don't feel totally self-indulgent, keep in mind that Houston Furniture Bank is the official event charity.

I recall one of these sales several years ago when we came home with two antique carved horses and a decorative carved chest from India. Didn't need 'em. Had to have 'em. Still love 'em.

Of course, there are beds, lamps, decorative pillows, ash trays, candles, dried flower arrangements, rugs, side tables — you name a need in your home and you just might find it here. It's an entertaining window shopping experience as well because the showrooms are not usually open to the public.

You'll have the chance to snare everything in the Bunch & Shoemaker showroom for 50 percent off, to peruse Scene One Interiors' entire showroom priced from 40 to 60 percent below retail, and Post Modern Traditions where custom contemporary rugs begin at a reduced $800.

Participants include Charlotte Nail Antiques, Lucinda Loya Interiors, Lighting Treasures, Pride of Persia Rug Company, Johnson Simon Resources and more.

Noted interior designer Ben Johnston kicks off the three-day event with a lecture, Design 101, at 10 am Friday. Reservations required.

Admission is free. The sale runs 9 am to 5 pm Friday, 9 am to 4 pm Saturday, and 1 to 4 pm on Sunday. Food trucks — El Topo, Craft Burger, Cousins Maine Lobster, and Bubba's Texas Burger — will be on site to enhance the energy from 11:30 am to 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday.