On one of my regular errands loops though town (bank, Roche Bros., dump, Schofield Store), I was surprised to see that our own Community Center at 219 Washington St. was the site of a French linens warehouse sale. A more unlikely partnership could hardly exist, what with the French reputation for all things chic and the Community Center’s reputation for all things practical in, let’s face it, a dowdy sort of way.
A peek inside informed me that French style and Community Center sensibility can indeed thrive alongside one another as long tables and utilitarian plastic bins displayed beautiful fabrics imported from France and sewn and finished in Fall River, all at 20% – 50% off retail. Shoppers can find napkins for as little as $4 on up to 12-foot tablecloths for $250. There are also fancy guest soaps, trays, bedspreads, pillows, pillow shams, dishcloths, placemats and more. The pop-up is open 10am – 5pm every day through Saturday, October 24.
Our own tabletop style is sorely lacking these days as we allow el-cheapo paper napkins, propped up in a seasonal holder we picked up at the Target $1 section a few years ago, to pass as a centerpiece. We promise to pull out the good linens for Thanksgiving Day, a meal that will be put on the table a bit later than usual at our house, due to the big Wellesley High vs. Needham football game at Fenway Park, of course.