During the 20+ years Evolution Home has been in business, we have built relationships with knowledgeable dealers, customers and professionals. Our First Friday events are a way to share these resources with our customers. Each month one of our incredibly knowledgeable friends will share insights, specific knowledge, and little-known facts about their area of expertise.
SEPTEMBER 8th - Let's Get Organized
Join us on Friday, September 8th for our monthly Friday evening event. Kate Boles of Karma Kloset Home Organizers will share tips on how to find your zen through the process of minimizing, organizing, and prioritizing the contents of your home. Kate is a former Consignment Manager at Evolution Home. In 2021, she shifted her career focus to working with clients of all ages on home organization and downsizing projects. In addition to Kate, a member of the current Evolution Home Consignment Team will talk about best practices for individuals who wish to consign furniture or home decor with us.
Evolution Home is located at 861 S. Pickett Street in Alexandria’s West End. Refreshments will be served starting at 5pm, the presentation will start at 5:30pm and run for about 20 minutes, and the store will be open until 7pm to give you an extra hour to shop our inventory of consigned furniture and home decor and explore our 25 dealer spaces.
Here are the eclectic topics we’ve covered to date at our monthly First Friday events.
August 2023 First Friday
DC-area wedding planner Sara Bauleke of Bella Notte shared her approach to designing tablescapes, which centers around juxtaposing interesting table-top pieces to create contemporary and layered designs. Layering patterns and bringing modern and vintage elements together creatively to create welcoming and captivating table settings is a joyful aspect of Sara's work, as she views it as an opportunity to reframe the way people view the objects on the table.
July 2023 First Friday
Evolution Home dealer Mike Curry discussed the history of jewelry and how jewelry trends reflect economic changes, world events, and cultural shifts.
June 2023 First Friday
Evolution Home dealer Richard Green talked about 18th and 19th century household objects made from metals like pewter, brass, copper, and iron. He shared his advice on how to care for and clean these metals. And he spoke about how these metals were fashioned into household objects like bowls, candlesticks, kitchen pots, and fireplace tools.
May 2023 First Friday
Paul MacLardy of Arise Bazaar spoke about vintage Japanese garments, including kimonos and obis, as well as woodblock prints. He is the co-author of the book “Kimono, Vanishing Tradition: Japanese Textiles of the 20th Century.” He noted that as kimonos disappear from contemporary Japanese wardrobes, they are becoming increasingly collectible.
April 2023 First Friday
Maggie Delahoyde of Lowery’s Dial and Nancye Lewis of Rabbit Run Designs spoke about interior design best practices for incorporating vintage furniture and decor into your home. They recommend that you buy what you really love, mix up textures and styles, let statement pieces shine, and that the little things are the big things.
March 2023 First Friday
Rick Schneider of Magpie Reclamations spoke about how you can live more sustainably by incorporating vintage furniture and accents into your home. “Buying vintage reduces the production of new furniture, diverts vintage pieces from the landfill, and shrinks the community’s carbon footprint — all while introducing a unique historical piece into your personal design aesthetic,” he said.
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No need to RSVP, just bring lots of questions for our speakers. We offer extended shopping hours (the store closes at 7pm for our First Fridays) and we serve light refreshments.