First Dibs Showcases Sacramento's Collaborative Spirit

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From Old Soul utilizing Ginger Elizabeth’s vanilla to midtownPOP housing several local boutiques under one roof, Sacramento’s collaborative spirit is alive and well throughout the grid.

Now enter First Dibs (Facebook, Twitter) – a 2-day event offering Sacramentans the chance to buy unique art, mid-century furniture and collectibles through an auction and preview party … all to support the Arts & Business Council of Sacramento.

Yes, please!

Here are the details …

PREVIEW PARTY: Friday, December 6

  • Merchant Building at 15th and C Street
  • 5:30pm – VIP Access ($50 – includes food and unlimited wine/beer)
  • 7:00pm – General Admission ($10 – one drink ticket)
  • No auction – simply a party to celebrate the event and allow attendees to purchase items before the auction starts on Saturday. Folks will enjoy entertainment from Peter Petty, Old Screen Door, Island of Black and White, Tenders Cinders and The Love Defenders. Food is provided by Evans Kitchen & Catering. Cocktails by Preflight Lounge (wa-hoo!!), and wine provided by Sean Minor Wines.

AUCTION: Saturday, December 7

  • Merchant Building at 15th and C Street
  • 8:00am – Doors Open
  • 9:00am – Auction Begins
  • FREE and open to the public
  • The auction is being billed as the largest on record for Sacramento with more than 700 auction lots and 15,000 sq. ft. of art, furniture and collectibles.

EVENT SPONSORS: FRINGE, David Sobon Auctions, Arts & Business Council, Pecorelli Productions, ATV Video Center, Blanket Marketing Group, The Possibility Company,, Pre-Flite Lounge and the Hacker Lab.

Event planner Natalee Pecorelli explains how they designed the event and what folks can expect:

When I was approached to do this project, I agreed under the condition that I could turn it into a visual and exciting adventure, not just a bunch of furniture lined up against a wall with a DJ and food trucks. It was a thousand times more work but we wanted to create a unique experience for the guests. I got the idea to turn this 15,000 square feet of space into several vignettes with specially food, drinks and live music. We didn’t want to have people just walk into a warehouse full of what people would call “junk,” but we want to actually use all the different pieces up for auction functionally as part of the decor. It puts the items into context so that people can see the potential the pieces have. The goal was to create a flow using the different themed stations in the warehouse so that people would not be limited to one general area. (Read more here.)

Whether you’re a serious collector or trying to start a collection (mwah), this event looks like it’ll have something for everyone. Judging from the pictures, it also looks like some serious bargains are possible – especially if you’re willing to invest a little elbow grease.

I’m attending the VIP preview party tonight at 5:30pm so I can be the first one in the door. 🙂 I’ve been hunting for a giant/vibrant piece of artwork for a very lonely wall in my dining room. I’ve scoured every gallery in Sacramento to no avail so I’m hopeful that we’ll find the perfect piece to finish our home.

Hope to see everyone there!

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