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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, December 20, 2011

A Holiday Tribute to Goodwill of North Georgia

Recent Purchases at Goodwill of North Georgia (Before Refurbishing)!
Today was senior citizen Tuesday (a whopping 25% off) at our local Goodwill Industries stores and I visited the Dunwoody and Norcross locations.  I have been a strong advocate in our neighborhood for shopping at these great stores and often run into people I know.  The Norcross store is closest to my house and there is a wonderful woman by the name of Jacquie who runs the cash register near the jewelry and fine bags area - a MUST stop for me.  When she is there, she welcomes everyone coming into the store with a big "hello, hello - welcome to our Goodwill store" and always serves with a friendly smile.  My friend, Nora, recently said that receiving her genial greeting is the reason she loves to visit this location.  Jacquie and others at the store make it feel like a nice neighborhood place to meet.  

I am well aware that not all Goodwill stores are equal but these locations are wonderful and serve such a worthwhile purpose.  Here is a link to the North Georgia website link  which describes their history and their mission - one that is worth repeating:
Goodwill of North Georgia provides job training and employment services to people who are having trouble finding work, want to change careers, or start their own business. With the agency’s support, Goodwill participants overcome employment hurdles caused by physical, emotional and developmental disabilities, limited job skills, poverty and other challenges. We sell donated clothing, books, furniture and household goods in stores across North Georgia and the proceeds help fund our mission of putting people to work!
In addition to jewelry and great bags/purses, I always check out furniture, fabrics, books and down/feather pillow inserts.  Today's haul included a well-constructed and shapely wingback chair (in horrible condition - my favorite for refurbishing because prices are so low), eight paperback books, and two pillow inserts.  I have bought wonderful quality furniture at the local stores which refurbish beautifully.

Goodwill Industries deserves our support AND provides great values - you just can't beat that!  For some "after" pieces, you might check out my website link to site

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