ARF’s Thrift Shops Turns Into A Designer Showhouse Memorial Day Weekend


Just like Cinderella’s pumpkin, the Animal Rescue Fund’s thrift shop in Sagaponack will be transformed into a designer showhouse this weekend, with six rooms styled by interior decorators and a preview cocktail on Saturday night.

Or perhaps not so much like a pumpkin-turned-coach: The thrift shop is in a renovated and expanded Dutch Colonial building that ARF describes as already being charming in and of itself. No matter: John Bjørnen, Suzanne Caldwell and Maria Greenlaw, Bryon C. James, Chris Mead, Scott Sanders and Rod Winterrowd—all of them animal lovers as well as designers—are donating their expertise to showcase thrift shop items alongside pieces donated from their own collections, all of which will be for sale.

John Bjørnen of Bjørnen Design is contributing a “Captain’s Cabin,” described as a quirky “Mod twist on a captain’s quarters.”

Suzanne Caldwell and Maria Greenlaw of Design House in Southampton are pitching in with “A Sleeping Porch,” a spot for napping, daydreaming or reading that is said to evoke memories of summer nights and card games.

Byron C. James for House of Oasis Byron dedicates his showroom to his Jack Russell terrier, named Christmas Eve Harrington. His “All About Eve” room is reportedly inspired by the birthday party Margo Channing (Bette Davis) threw for her boyfriend. “Think old-school New York, a time when women wore white gloves and men wore hats,” ARF advises.

Scott Sanders’s “Blue, White & Bailey” is said to capture “the essence of his New American Style with a cool, beachy vibe.”

Originally an author and photographer of dozens of books on decorating, gardening and cooking, Chris Mead, owner of English Country Antiques in Bridgehampton and Southampton, calls his room “English Country Style,” with its organic neutrals and earthy textures combined with “a touch of eccentric English eclecticism.”

Rod Winterrowd has created “The Hound Cave,” a summer hangout “where anything goes any night of the week in the Hamptons,” and where dogs and cats are welcome.

ARF expects more than 200 guests to attend the preview cocktail party, which will have a vodka bar, wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Also on Saturday night, ARF dogs and cats will be available for adoption.

Tickets to the cocktail party and an early preview, which starts at 5 p.m., cost $250. General admission, starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, costs $150. They can be purchased by calling Trefny Dix at (631) 537-0400, ext. 219, or emailing

The showhouse will continue to be open on Sunday, May 25, and Monday, May 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a suggested donation of $10 and free admission for children.

ARF’s thrift shop is on the corner of Montauk Highway and Poxabogue Lane.

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