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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!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Weekend Shopping Adventures and Purchases

As we do most weekends, my friend Ouida and I spent Saturday morning scouting out the garage and estate sales in the area .  Over the past year, my primary source for assessing the "potential" of estate sales so I can do adequate route planning is the website - estatesales.net.  I get three to four messages a week describing upcoming and ongoing sales in the area and most include photographs of the items for sale.  The photos are enormously helpful since they show  the kind of things for sale as well as the style/value of the items.  I am always looking for classic, heirloom quality upholstered furniture (to refurbish) and the style and evidence of value is usually easy to see.  What I can't see, which would also be helpful but might bring out too many buyers, is the price - I need a pretty good price to be motivated to buy.
Friday Sale - Crossroads Subdivision in North Buckhead - listed on estatesales.net
The best source for regular garage and yard sales has become craigslist which offers free ads by area and also allows sellers to post photos.  The classified section of our newspapers - both the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the local papers - charge for ads and fewer people are using those venues.

This weekend, I had also stopped by several sales on Friday and placed bids on  items at one sale and picked up chairs I purchased at "My Favorite Place" (see prior blog).  In addition, I had purchased a set of well constructed wingback chairs from a craigslist posting and was picking up that set on Saturday morning.  BUSY, BUSY, BUSY!!!

Some great items and the North Buckhead sale - loved the Venetian mirror but it was over $2000 - hard to see but it was enormous.  
My purchase from North Buckhead Sale - set of 12 books all featuring different artists.  Since we are building some bookshelves into basement renovation, I know just where to put there!
Purchase made at My Favorite Place and picked up Friday.  I plan to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on these - these will be featured again!
Craigslist purchase - pair of chairs.  I plan to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on legs - graphite - and have fabric selected for these.
Another of my Friday sales.  After creating this montage, I got a call from the person running the sale telling me the settee and wingback chairs were mine for my bid offer.  I talked by sweet husband into abandoning a project in the house and helping me pick these up immediately - they barely fit into our van.
Finally, the Saturday sales - not too many going on but we did find a great neighborhood sale on Flagler Avenue near Ansley Park.  Ouida got that wonderful bowl for $5.00 - a Vera Wang for Wedgewood!
And I bought this chair with matching ottoman (Pearson - great brand) for $30.   Best deal of the week!
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