That's right - the very famous "BB Bargoons" was shutting down. BB Bargoons is connected to inVU drapery, one of my favourite (yet slightly pricey) Toronto fabric stores (the place I bought my herringbone fabric after an exhasting search).
Anyways, since it sounds like there was a bit of a sale, I took a drive over on Saturday morning, thinking that for sure most of the good stuff was gone.
BOY was I wrong!!
(I should warn you now - I did NOT take a bunch of awesome pictures of what they had)
Not only were there rows and rows of gorgeous fabric at 35% off, but they had rows and rows of the SAME fabric inVU has!! I'm not kidding.
Remember this photo from my inVU trips:
Yep - that gorgeous fabric was there, 35% off. This was actually one of my original thoughts for the drapes in the master bedroom. I still think it would look gorgeous.
However, in my travels at BB Bargoons, I came across their table of pre-made drapes. I'm not sure if you know, but inVU and BB Bargoons both have a line of gorgeous, ready-to-wear drapery panels that are incredible. They aren't cheap, but if you are the type to buy nice fabric and have someone else custom make the drapes (as opposed to the DIY route), then it makes sense. Most are in the $300 range. However, because of the sale they were all 25% off.
I flipped through the boxes, saw a few that were cute, and then, out of the corner of my eye, saw something a bit...bolder. With a yellow sticky on it. What did that sticky say? you might ask...
It said "Linda - STILL SHOPPING".
Hmm...does that mean Linda is still in the store? Someone else has already laid claim to these beautiful panels? I looked around. Nobody looked like a Linda.
I pulled one out of the packaging. Oh my. This might work.
I ask the woman next to me. "Are you Linda?
I flipped the package over and almost died. These weren't just any pre-fabbed drapes. These had been custom made and the buyer didn't buy them. These weren't $300. These were $50 a piece.
That's right. $50 friggin dollars. PLUS 25% off.
So for a whopping $37.50 a piece, I came home with 2 gorgeous custom made, pinch pleated and lined drapes.
Of course that makes it sound like I was decisive. I wasn't. I still spent about 25 minutes walking around the store with the panels under one arm and the roll of gorgeous fabric above under the other. Should I get the fabric and have them made? Or the premade panels?
Cheaper heads prevailed and I went with the panels. However, I have already looked at my schedule to see if I can go back. I still love that fabric...maybe for the dining room?
So here is a (crappy) photo of the drapes.
And here is an even crappier photo where I've rigged it to my ugly blinds:
Yes, yes. I know. I didn't 'style' the pic or anything. I tried to pull away the duvet cover since I'm going to be replacing it soon with one that is all white (most likely). The colourful chair to the left is also moving eventually. (I still call that my "Oh No You Didn't" chair :-).
The drapes show a little ivory in the photo - mostly because it was taken with my Iphone. I will try for some new ones shortly. I still have to get a curtain rod etc. I also think that even though they are lined, the could handle another layer of black out lining behind them but that might be a project for another day.
What else did I buy there?
I picked up this (for the family room):
Cute coral (25% off) that totally matches my new bentwood chairs!
Now, I'd like to go back and pick up this:
I fell in love with this bench and that fabric eons ago, however it is still kind of pricey for my budget DIY Craigslist tastes (about 600 - 25%). I may swing by later this week to see if the discount goes any lower and if it is still there.
And I also picked up some fabric samples - you know, the squares that you can borrow from the store? Well they were selling them for 50 cents a pieces so I grabbed a few to make pillows out of.
One is Robert Allen's "Square Pegs" in navy:
And the other is Dwell Studio's Dotscape in Jet:
What about Linda? you are probably asking...
I asked at the counter and they said LINDA HAS LEFT THE BUILDING. Sweet. :-)
So if you have the chance, RUN to BB Bargoons for the sale. But if you see that bench for $150, I will un-follow if you buy it. :-)
ETA: Thanks to Emily-Jane for reporting back today (Tuesday) - the bench, my friends, is GONE, but probably because everything is now 50% off. So get movin'!