Housing Works’ Design on a Dime Raises $1.1 Million
Weaving around a cocktail table and stacks of books at last week’s
Design on a Dime
, I spied a set of silver julep glasses at the host’s own booth. As I rushed to claim them, shopping basket and glass of wine in tow, cruel fate intervened and another hand reached for a tumbler at the same time. Looking into the stranger’s eyes, there was a glimpse of humanity before she ripped the item from my hand. So close, and yet so far.
Such was the enthusiasm at the three-day event, which marked its 10th anniversary and included 60 booths ssembled by the likes of
to showcase donated furnishings, all for sale. Popular booths included
neon-enclosed space, where faceted glasses distorted views and made for a slightly disorienting experience. The booth of
Cooking for Others
, inspired by El Día de los Muertos, came complete with tastings of mescal, making for an easy audience favorite.
As a first-timer to the sale, I could not have anticipated the chaos of hundreds of people scrambling for their favorite pieces. Even the designers were itching to get in the mix. Designer
remarked, “I’m going to have to abandon my booth soon to get some shopping in!”
I was certainly surprised to have a glass snatched from my hand, but I’m hardly bitter. Seeing people so aggressively eager to give to a good cause is heartening. Housing Works has been an active organization fighting against HIV/AIDS and homelessness for almost 25 years. This year’s proceeds—a staggering $1.1 million—will go to the development of their Hull Street Residence in Brooklyn.