Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Who Doesn't Like a Bargoon?

Last week I received an email. I'm on a billion mailing lists (mostly thanks to all of those groupon type things and those fashion daily sale type stores that never ship to Canada), and one of the emails I received caught my eye:

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? Am I on your turf?" She said no.

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'!



Shannon8foot6 said...

GREAT SCORE!!!!  Those drapes are an awesome jumping off point for a bedroom shakeup!!!

I am tempted to walk there RIGHT NOW with the big guy in his stroller....but who am I kidding? My feet will swell up and I will be cranky all afternoon...

You have made my mouth start watering for some great fabric deals!!!!

EJ @ Not A House, But A Home said...

I'm going there after work today! I live NO WHERE near it, but work right around the corner and have my sister's car for the week :-) I know it's unlikely it'll go that low, but f I see that bench for $150 and it'll fit in my honda civic, I can buy it for you :-)

Kerry said...

Ahhhhh I would love to goooo... not sure a less than week old baby who wants to be fed every second she isn't sleeping, would do too well there haha
Great finds though lady

Life Begins at Thirty, Right? said...

Walk? It is at Keele and hwy 7!! Get hubs to take u though. If u know what you need to make it is so worth it!

Life Begins at Thirty, Right? said...

See - now this is a great blogger friend! If houser it that cheap just call me and sit on it. I will come running!!

Life Begins at Thirty, Right? said...

Congrats again Kerry. She is so gorgeous! I hope you are recovering well :-)

Shannon8foot6 said...

DUDE I thought it was yonge just south of lawrence!

We need to get an SUV...the plan was to get wheels before baby number 2....watch we wait until two weeks before I am due and I wont fit behind the wheel anyways!

Jen Fleming said...

 I saw this ad in the paper last weekend but also assumed that all the good stuff would be gone by the time I got around to going.  Now I'm trying to figure out if I can swing a visit but also get all my measurements done, since we just moved to a new place.  LOVE those drapes!

Jo @ In Corners of My Mind said...

I'm a sucker for a fabric sale...I have several bolts tucked away in a closet that my husband rarely goes into...thank heavens or I'd be toast I'm sure. The drapes are fab, and I LOVE the bench...you are lcuky I live in Muskoka or I might have to race you for it ;) Hope you are able to snag it for a good deal. Cheers!

Life Begins at Thirty, Right? said...

inVU is Yonge South of lawrence. If you go to BB, they will give you a 25% off coupon for inVU so still worth it!

Jo @ In Corners of My mind said...

that would be *lucky* oops ;)

Life Begins at Thirty, Right? said...

Nope there was lots of stuff still there! Go!

Life Begins at Thirty, Right? said...

Haha I'm really not that competitive - you could just have it!

tina - Half of What I Say said...

LOL about Linda... The drapes are just gorgeous, what a steal! Go back for that bench, it is lovely.

Michelle @ AM Dolce Vita said...

"I want to go to there" (Liz Lemon from 30 Rock). That's the first thing came to my mind after I read your blog. I am also on their distribution list so I am definitely going this weekend. Super sweet deal you scored on those drapes...they look fabulous with your chandelier in your bedroom. I also love that coral branch...do you remember if they have it in white?

Btw, I am running my first ever Free Giveaway of a $200 Ottoman Tray, so if you like it please remember to throw in your name. I did mention you about adding the "Follower" gadget.

Krista of Hopeless Chest said...

Great fabric on the drapes. Good score. Sometimes I wish I lived closer to "the city" so I could score some deals like this and hunt some of the biggers stores more often.
Then I remember that I like being able to drive everywhere, and I stick to B-town.

Life Begins at Thirty, Right? said...

OOh I signed up :-)

Wendy said...

Great find Janice.... love those drapery panels! I made it to the bb clearance sales on Monday and picked up some fabric.  You should consider sharing your post on the inVU drapery facebook page... I'm sure they would love to hear about your experience :)

Life Begins at Thirty, Right? said...

I really wish I could get back there but it closes at 6 and I could never make it. Boo hoo.

Shannon8foot6 said...

We got our black out drapes from home depot...they are amazing!