It has been some time since I've been able to get to the Goodwill Stores in the area on Tuesdays - Senior Citizen Day (a whopping 25% off). Today, I managed to visit three out of four of my "go-to" stores. The stores (and donation centers) in this area are well managed and carefully stocked. I have been in some stores in other locations/states and they are definitely not all the same. The people working in the Buckhead, Sandy Springs and Dunwoody stores are clearly proud of their work and customer focused and that is evident in the good-sized buying crowds. I love the Goodwill model - they are in business to provide jobs and job-training and that is a great goal in this economy.
My major shopping interest is to find heirloom quality upholstered furniture to refurbish and have professionally reupholstered for my Wydeven Designs business (link to website). I have purchased top-name products like Baker, Thomasville, Henredon and others at these stores. My criterion is that the bones are intact and solid and that there is no visible damage on major components like woodwork. I do refurbish some of the wood but I want the underlying structure to be solid. My upholsterer is VERY, VERY good and replaces and enhances any innards that are even slightly questionable.
In addition to upholstered furniture, I also buy feather/pillow inserts, books and sometimes, designer purses. There are probably other things I should be looking for, but this is my usual list.
|Buckhead Store - Roswell Street|
|Chairs. Love the shape and I paid this price MINUS 25%!|
My next stop was at the Sandy Springs store (also on Roswell Road). They had a lot of furniture but nothing of the quality/potential that I am looking for so I passed on it all.
|Sandy Springs Store|
I had a great day shopping and am looking forward to seeing my Norwalk chairs totally transformed. I am still struggling to add a facebook connection to my blog, so here is the direct link - link to Wydeven Designs Facebook page. This blog is featured on the following link parties - Savy Southern Style