Gump’s: An amazing shopping experience – Travel Photo Mondays
It’s not too often that you will hear about amazing sales at this iconic and luxury San Francisco landmark that typically doesn’t offer its remarkable goods at bargain prices. But for the January time frame when the store is clearing out all the Christmas items and last years merchandise and other not so popular inventory for sale, the place becomes a mad house. Even so, I love to visit the store just to enjoy the space, outrageous bric-a-brac and the luxury vibe of the place.
Me, I really didn’t need another Christmas tree decoration or some expensive bric-a-brac, but I did want to find something simple, unique – a tea-pot that has lacked from my china cabinet. What a perfect time to find a deal when their housewares items are also for sale at the same time.
Let me take you on a quick tour of this jewelry box of a store, if you have never been to Gump’s before:
Looking below to Gump’s main level
Christmas bargains – a deal or not?
Christmas sale on the bottom level
Housewares and furnishings upstairs
So I mentioned that I was in need of a tea-pot, something simple and fairly basic and I knew that Gump’s also sells their own branded products at decent prices and hopefully for a better price at this event. But I didn’t find any basic tea pots, instead I was drawn to this lovely pot in the bargain table that I picked right away thinking I scored the most amazing find of the century.
What do you think a real stunner right and guess what? It’s on sale at 50% off today and a limited edition hand-crafted Meissen porcelain pot selling for the bargain price of $3,995. That’s right – the retail price of this sweet little pot was actually $8,000….yikes! No wonder this little darling pot has sat all on its lonesome, let alone the bargain table bin for the savvy shopper. Sigh, I had to gently place it back on the same table.
Well, further down, I did find another beauty that the sales associate told me was a better price and 14 carat gold facing. It was simple and graphic, not as pretty as the goldfish teapot, but I was looking for a real deal and something to showcase a nice tea experience. Okay, I’m game so I turn over the pot to check out the deal – $1,050, what do you think is it a bargain for this beauty?
Okay, a tea-pot is definitely out of the question so I’m thinking about scaling down to an affordable creamer and sugar set, these two are priced to sell at $35o each, ah gulp no thank you.
Those looking to fill up their empty cabinets and bric-a-brac shelves will find a plethora of ceramic and other gilt beauties to gawk at in the collectibles department. Average prices range from $1,000 to 5,000 for items in this display case, see any worth bringing home?
Okay, I must admit even though some of the stunning collectibles and one of a kind pieces were not in my exact spending price range, I really enjoyed looking at them and seeing the excellent craftsmanship and details. The store was fun to explore with all the beautiful eye candy and well edited vignettes. If you are in San Francisco for a visit, check out Gump’s on Union Square, just for the fun of experiencing a truly unique San Francisco experience.
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