When I went to Discarded to Divine in 2009, I drank to much wine and spent $450 on a chair and chandelier — the only non-clothing item on auction that evening. They are both gorgeously designed (check them out after the jump) by the talented Agustin Sanders and well worth the price. They were also for a good cause: the St. Vincent de Paul Society, which helps people struggling with poverty, homelessness and domestic violence. But my husband was, shall we say, surprised by my purchase. You can see how the combination of a cocktail reception at 6:30pm and a live auction at 8pm could be dangerous.
If you’d like to test your own ability to resist temptation while under the influence (though of course it’s your choice to partake!), this years’ Discarded to Divine happens tonight at The Hall at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 1111 Gough Street in San Francisco. The event will auction off fashion and decor created from discarded clothing and materials. You should see what the artists can do with stuff that was previously considered trash, it’s truly amazing. Online sales are closed, but contact the St. Vincent de Paul Society for ticket info. And if you can squeeze both in, don’t forget about Refinery29’s boutique crawl tonight as well! Grab a drink and a nosh at one of the 10 shops en route!