JUST in time for holiday gift-giving and the season's home decorating hustle, the Dock Downtown has opened its doors to the public. A longtime resource for set decorators and house-for-sale fluffers, the warehouse is now open six days a week, no credentials or invitation required. With 20,000 square feet in two buildings, the outlet handles manufacturers' overstock at what it says is 50% to 80% off retail. Sofas, chairs and ottomans are available in dozens of styles and scores of fabrics, and the cabinet and table selection includes pieces made of recycled teak, right. Designer-label junkies can satisfy their needs with Thomas Paul's silk pillows (left) and melamine plates, Babette Holland's jewel-toned aluminum lamps (left), Rani Arabella's cashmere throws and Laguiole knives. 1481 E. 4th St., L.A.; (323) 446-0281; www.thedockdowntown.com.
A softer kind of sell
If you shop at Anthropologie, Z Gallerie or the Great Indoors, you may recognize some of the textiles and housewares at Villa Firenze's annual warehouse sale from Friday through Sunday, this week and next. The firm will offer pieces such as this silk pillow ($15, a sample for Fortunoff that will sell for $65 this spring) as well as bedding, towels and bath accessories at stocking-stuffer prices. (We're talking 50 cents and up.) Villa Firenze also will take special orders: You choose the size and fabric on dog beds, decorative pillows and drapes. Silk window panels (starting at $12.50) are lined, blind-stitched and weighted. Noon to 4 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays at F.R. Industries / Villa Firenze, 11840 Vose St., North Hollywood; (818) 503-9143.