ARF Transforms Thrift & Treasure Shop Into Designer Showhouse

John Stedila’s sketch of his designer showcase room.
John Stedila’s sketch of his designer showcase room.
John Stedila’s sketch of his designer showcase room.

On Saturday, May 28 the Animal Rescue Fund of The Hamptons will hold a cocktail party and sale at the ARF Thrift and Treasure Shop in Sagaponack. The Thrift Shop will be transformed into a designer showhouse featuring six rooms styled by some of New York’s most illustrious interior decorators. The event is Co-Chaired by Gordon Hoppe, Gigi Mahon, Lisa McCarthy, Alex Papachristidis and Marshall Watson and this year’s Honorary Chair is Mary McDonald. All proceeds will benefit ARF and the organization’s dedicated work to find loving homes for animals in need.

The shop is a priority of the organization’s long term strategic planning as almost 20 percent of ARF’s annual operating budget comes

John Stedila and partner Tim Button.
John Stedila and partner Tim Button.

from funds raised by the Thrift Shop.

“Now in its sixth year, the ARF Designer Showhouse is a great kick-off to the summer season. We salute the designers who have brought such creativity to their assignment, and look forward to seeing everyone. Please bring your friends; it is a fun way to support the animals,” said Ms. McCarthy, ARF Board President and Co-Chair of the event.

The lineup of top designers, who will create rooms for the sixth annual showhouse, includes: Sam Allen, Tracey Cavaniola, Nancy Corzine, John Stedila and Tim Button, Lynda Sylvester and Eldon Wong. All the designers are animal lovers who are donating their time and expertise to help the ARF cats and dogs. Each room will feature Thrift Shop items and pieces donated from the designers’ own collections. Unlike traditional showhouses, every item in the ARF designer showhouse will be for sale.

Over 200 guests from the principals of the design world and the East End social community are expected to attend the preview cocktail party. Guests will enjoy a festive vodka bar, wine donated by Channing Daughters in Bridgehampton and hors d’oeuvres by Peter Ambrose as they mingle and shop among the themed rooms. The evening will also include a selection of ARF cats and dogs that will be available for adoption and looking to find a loving new home.

Doors open for the exclusive “preview hour” ticket holders at 5 p.m. General Admission opens at 6 p.m. Following the preview party, the Thrift Shop will suggest a donation of a $10 entry fee to the general public (children free) on Sunday and Monday, May 29 and 30. All purchased items will stay in place until Tuesday, May 31 at which point they will be available for pick up. Tickets to the preview cocktail party preview hour on May 28 are $250; with general admission tickets available for $150. For more information, email Jean Schiavoni at or visit