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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!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Community-wide Sale - Highlands of Centennial Neighborhood

One of the interesting homes in HIghlands at Centennial -  Roswell, GA
Today was a somewhat cooler-than-usual day to do "garage sale-ing" in the area.  The morning was overcast with a hint of rain in the air.  My friend and I reviewed state and garage sale options (craigslist and Atlanta Journal Constitution listings) to map out the morning run.  As all regular shoppers know, it is really important to get to the sales as close as possible to when they open (or even slightly before) so picking those potentially-productive first stops and the overall route is critical to success.

One of the great things about running around the area going to estate and garage sales is the opportunity to check out new neighborhoods and homes.  A neighborhood not six miles from my home that I have passed 100's of times was running a community-wide yard sale so we thought we'd do a quick drive-by and check it out.  Neither of us had been inside the community gates and we had no expectations of either the sale or the neighborhood assuming it was an apartment complex (not usually the best venue for sales).   We expected to be in and out quickly.

We entered the gates into a charming neighborhood of mostly single-family homes (some townhouses) on smallish lots but with a lot of individualized  character.  Each home was quite unique which is unusual in subdivisions in the South.  Typically, a builder comes in, clears the land, and builds similar-type homes very quickly.   Although the overall age of the area seemed to be in the same 2-3 year window (about eight years ago), it looked like many different  builders/owners came in and custom designed homes with great front doors, rocking-chair porches and landscaping.  We were impressed!

I did not find a website for the community - but found this on a realtor page:
This gated community located in prestigious Roswell, Georgia is just minutes from GA 400, Northpoint Mall, restaurants and important business centers. Enjoy the beauty of this established neighborhood with welcoming streetscapes, charming homes, walk able schools, swim and tennis, and fabulous views of Kennesaw Mountain.
There were over 30 homes participating in the sale so we were able to walk up and gawk at the homes and gardens.  We loved the area and found that the sales were pretty good too.  My friend bought a wonderful gray and cream oil picture of a bunny that I wish I had photographed.  I bought a small lamp and some sheets - nothing too exciting but the visit to the neighborhood was wonderful

 We did make a few more stops but nothing compared to our first one in the neighborhood.  I did, however, buy an oversized mirror for my new basement space which I plan to refinish with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) in Graphite and Old White!
Loved this house - great front porch and landscaping
Sale on right had many samples and decorative items at great prices.  I was very tempted by several display shelves and a daybed but couldn't figure out where to place it in my home. 

MY purchase - How will it look with ASCP finish??

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