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Hey, gearheads! It’s back! The GoLite Warehouse sale starts Saturday, Nov. 12 at 9am. See ya there.

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From the owners of Violette — you know, that cute-as-pie clothing shop next to Bliss on Pearl and 17th — comes a new boutique called Lilli, located just across the street. I stopped by the other day to check it out, and despite the alarmingly unnecessary comma in their sign (see below) and the matronly clothes in the front window (the shop is clearly aiming to balance out Violette’s younger demographic), I was pleasantly surprised and tempted by plenty of stylish garments inside. Among them: a cream bohemian blouse that would great with skinny jeans and cognac boots and a lot of comfy (yet adorably cut) jersey tops, cardigans and dresses.

Lilli

Lilli on Pearl - Love Boulder Blog

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Firefly Handmade Holiday Craft Show

You won’t see any “Bless This Home” wooden plaques or teddy-bear adorned quilts at this particular craft market. Boulder’s crafters have really upped the hip factor on handmade goods, and the dozens of vendors at today’s Firefly Handmade Holiday Market (happening all weekend in the Boulder Co-Op space at Pearl and 19th) is proof.

The creativity and quality at this show was staggering. The only problem? These savvy crafters know they’ve got a good thing going, and consequently, the prices reflect it. But if you’re looking for truly unique, one-of-a-kind, locally made gifts — and you’re willing to drop a little more for quality — make sure you stop by tomorrow between 10am and 3pm.

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You know how I love me a bargain, and the GoLite warehouse sales are aisles, racks and boxes overflowing with bargains. Last time I went, the deals were incredible. I’m hoping for a repeat performance on April 23-25.

GoLite Warehouse Sale April 2010Reminder: For the best deals, you need to get there first thing on opening day, Friday, April 23. See ya there!

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Boulder Farmers' Market, Boulder, CO

Oh glorious spring! You’re finally here!

Saturday was the first day of the Boulder Farmers’ Market, a sure signal that spring has arrived and summer is just around the bend.

There were just a few people there to check it out.

Boulder Farmers' Market, Boulder, CO

Aside from a wee bit of wind, it was a lovely, sunny spring day. Vendors had lots of young seedlings, lettuce and other early crops for sale.

Boulder Farmers' Market, Boulder, CO

Abbondanza farms had a particularly large bounty, including a precious selection of eggs in unusual colors — aqua, powder blue, amber, brown and apricot. (Unusual, that is, to those of us who didn’t grow up around hens.)

They were steeply priced at $7 a dozen, but I’ve been searching for a small, local source for eggs (If you’ve read anything about the poultry industry, you know that “cage-free, vegetarian fed” doesn’t mean a whole lot when you’re talking about grocery store eggs), so I sprung for a half dozen to try them out. What the heck; it was the day before Easter!

Boulder Farmers' Market

Photo by Eric Gray.

Boulder Farmers' Market

Photo by Eric Gray.

The next day, I couldn’t resist snapping a few pics of the prized eggs before we fried them up for breakfast.

Boulder Farmers' Market eggs, Boulder, COBoulder Farmers' Market eggs, Boulder, COThey were delicious and had bright orange yolks, just as promised by the Abbondanza fellow at the market.

I’m so looking forward to a long season of discovering more treasures at the farmers’ market!

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I’ve been meaning to check out this new-ish place on 21st and Pearl Street called Joyful Furniture.  You know that I do love a good thrift or consignment shop. This one’s got a little twist.

The folks at this workshop/store reclaim old, discarded furniture. They refinish pieces with “good bones” in great new colors and stains and add spiffy new hardware — ultimately saving them from the landfill. A pretty joyful concept. They will also custom refinish pieces for you.

Yesterday I spotted some great desks, dining tables, chairs and other pieces — some of which are still waiting to be refinished to customer specifications — but I actually found their artist-made accessories, jewelry and artwork to be among the shop’s highlights.

Joyful Furniture, Boulder, CO

Chairs and dressers awaiting refinishing

Joyful Furniture, Boulder, CO

Felted, lavendar-filled decorative pillows

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So I fully intended to get this up first thing this morning, but I was working at Saxy’s and left my card reader at home. Doh! Anyway, if you’re still interested in catching the sale this afternoon or tomorrow, here’s my account:

Eric and I got to the GoLite warehouse sale at about 7:50am, stood in line in the freezing cold for 10 minutes with other excited and friendly shoppers and then parted ways to dash to the sample racks (where the best deals are — if you wear medium). That’s when the friendliness was suspended momentarily and the frantic grabbing started.

GoLite Warehouse Sale, Dec 2009, Boulder, CO

Thankfully, I’m on the tall side and was able to reach above everyone to the top racks and grab the only remaining charcoal gray zip-neck fleece. Whew, close one.

I also got a new puffy quilted down jacket that fits like a glove. Joy!

Eric scored some base layers.

GoLite Warehouse Sale, Dec 2009, Boulder, CO

After the initial rush, folks seemed to calm down a little and returned to their normal friendly Boulder selves, chatting in line and helping one another locate the real bargains.

The best part of the sale: the prices were much lower than the last few I’d been to. For example, the DriMove zip-neck pullovers were only 17 bucks this time, compared to $23-25 at previous sales. Everything seemed to have a slightly lower price point. A great opportunity to check a few people off your Christmas list.

The warehouse sale continues through the weekend:

Sat. 9-5
Sun. 9-5
6230 Lookout Rd. in Gunbarrel

Happy shopping!

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