Here’s the best idea since the R&B weekend outlet. Now we can all shop International Market Square for designer furniture and accessories. The Sale Room @ ISM opened to the public yesterday, selling consignments from showrooms and designers at prices at least 50 percent below suggested retail. I spotted a cool Palecek wicker chair with pony-covered cushions ($620, marked down from $1,243) that I immediately coveted. Also a couple Brown Jordan teak chairs ($400, originally $1,300). Then there were gorgeous hand-knotted wool rugs (retail, $4,000 to $5,000) priced around $1,000.
Owner and designer Sharon Allemong promises to keep the 1,300 square-foot, first-floor showroom stocked with new merchandise that will turn over each week. She’ll take deeper discounts for up to 90 days. If it hasn’t sold by then, it’s outta there. She’ll also keep a “wish list” for you if you’re looking for something specific (a round cocktail table, for example), and let you know when a piece that fits your specs comes in. Save here and you just might be able to splurge on that special something that’s never going to be marked down.
Open Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., by appointment and by chance. Website, where you can check out current in-shop inventory, coming soon. See The Sale Room @ IMS on Facebook for especially awesome weekly deals. 275 Market St., Suite 196, Minneapolis, 612-877-4173.