A selection of very collectible Roseville pottery will be offered at the Thrift Box sale on April 28-29. (Photo courtesy of M. Skinner)
This much-anticipated San Jose Thrift Box sale — held twice annually — is coming up again April 28-29. It’s a celebrated source of great buys, and a key fundraiser for the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.
The volunteers who staff this store year-round have saved the very best donated goods for this event. Wise shoppers arrive early. Keep an eye out for glass and dinnerware (think Waterford, Limoges), silver serving pieces, vintage kitchen items, desirable dolls and toys, framed art, cameras, books, jewelry, men’s hats, designer handbags and accessories.
American art pottery collectors will be ecstatic to know that a collection of wares from Roseville, the Ohio firm in business from 1890 to 1954, will be available.
Once you’re done shopping, make time for a nosh nearby. My pick: La Villa Deli, 1319 Lincoln Ave. Italian sandwiches rule, and the ravioli and pastries are to die for.
It all happens 9 a.m.-7 p.m. April 28 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 29, 1362 Lincoln Ave., San Jose. “The Box” will be closed April 27 for preparation. No strollers, large purses or backpacks. Credit cards accepted, ATM on premises. Park behind “Box,” on street and lots near store. On April 29, use Willow Glen Elementary lot at Lincoln and Minnesota avenues. Details: 408-294-4490, or www.thriftbox.org.
Gold Rush goods: The 18th annual Grass Valley Old West Show takes place May 12-13. The bash, now put on by Morphy Auctions, is a showcase for Gold Rush-era artifacts, firearms, gambling and saloon items, country store and barbershop objects, plus Native American artifacts.
If you have never visited dynamic downtown Grass Valley, you’re in for a treat. The shops are amazing, there is a great ice cream and candy store (Lazy Dog, 111 Mill St.) , lots of restaurants and an Art Deco movie palace. The action is at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 12 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 13. Admission: $10 for two-day pass. Kids 12 and under free. Early bird admission: $100 on May 11 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Details: 877-968-8880.
Rare volumes: A group of distinguished bibles, some dating back to the 16th century, is on display at the Oakland Temple Visitor’s Center, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The exhibition — “800 Years of God’s Word: The English Bible 1249-2017 A.D.” — is up until April 23 at 4766 Lincoln Ave., Oakland. Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. Admission: Free. Details: 510-531-4875.
Historic site for tea: Observe Mother’s Day or another celebration by going to the annual Spring Tea from May 5-7 at the historic Galindo Home. There are two seatings each day at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. The home is at 1721 Amador Ave., Concord. Proceeds from tickets, $35, assist the Concord Historical Society. Reservations are a must; contact Lind Higgins, 925-682-6383.
Benefit sale: The San Jose Discovery Shop conducts its annual Jewelry Extravaganza on April 29-30. With several tables laden with gold, silver and costume baubles, diehards line up early. Shoppers also seek designer purses, clothes and other objects set aside for this special sale supporting the American Cancer Society. You’ll find the store at 1103 Branham Lane (corner of Almaden Expressway) in San Jose. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 29 and noon-4 p.m. April 30. Details: 408-265-5535. No early sales.
Open invitation: The folks at Shadelands in Walnut Creek apologize to anyone who visited the site April 2 and didn’t get an answer at the grand home’s front portal. You see, the docents were so deluged with tour-goers that they did not hear the doorbell. They want all of you back — for a free tour! If this means you, explain things on your return. Hours: 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays (but closed April 16).
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