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My name is Gerrie Wydeven doing-business-as Wydeven Designs. I have been conducting this small GREEN business since 2004. Wydeven Designs, based in the Atlanta, Georgia area, sells CHAIRS, LOVESEATS, CHAISES, SETTEES and other fine, well-constructed refurbished upholstered pieces. I love to travel, cook, take photographs and generally follow style and decor topics as well!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Shopping at Goodwill Industries

It is Tuesday which means it is Goodwill Day for me - I'll explain later.  There are many Goodwill Donation Centers and Stores throughout the area - in all parts of Atlanta.  They seem to have blossomed while the general economy has weakened.  Many people, including me, donate GREAT items to Goodwill all the time.  I donated over 150 yards of new fabrics last year - either ends or larger pieces I no longer wanted to use.  The Goodwill business model is simple and compelling - they just want to create and sustain jobs.  Because of that, their stores are well stocked and maintained and they have courteous and helpful staff.   There are four categories of things I buy:
  • Down/feather pillow inserts (just toss the covers) - I've bought dozens
  • Well constructed furniture in need of refurbishing - just bought a Baker (no less) love seat for $33.00
  • Designer handbags  - I've bought Prada, Douney & Bourke and Kate Spade for a song
  • Paperback books - all types
So why is Tuesday so special!  Today is senior citizen day and I quality - so I get a whopping 25% off!  As cheap as I am, this really incentivizes me to get out and shop!  So, here's a cheer for Goodwill Industries!


  1. Well I finished my shopping for the day and ended up visiting only two stores (Buckhead/Roswell Road and Peachtree Corners). I did very well: four accent pillow inserts and a Mitchell Gold/Storehouse Chair and ottoman! Very pleased!

  2. Got a red Coach bag for $20 at Goodwill, after I heard about your finds. Thanks!