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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, April 28, 2013

Spring Sales -- When it Rains it Pours

It is raining (again) today in our area and that gives me an opportunity to review my last week/weekend activities searching out sales and other venues to buy refurbish-able (new word) upholstered furniture. All this rain has made this one of the loveliest springs I can remember and springs are always nice in the  South!

We had some gorgeous days last week that kept me leaving the house to be out and about doing my favorite form of treasure hunting. I do a regular scan of Craig's list and ended up on two trips to Snellville (east of the city) and one to Kennesaw (north and west of the city) buying up three van loads of furniture:

  • Chair and ottoman with unique asian style wood base - desperately in need of new upholstery.
  • Bergere chair and ottoman - nice pecan/walnut woodwork - oversized.
  • Leather chair and ottoman - well made - will lose its leather.
  • Pair of Sherrill Tall Wing Back Chairs - solid but really needing sprucing up.
That should have been enough but the sales on Friday (and to a lesser extent Saturday) were wonderful. Here are some highlights.

Site of large garage sale in Brookhaven right across from the golf course.  Bought five pieces here - a French style chair, a pair of down-cushioned club chairs and two stylish painted wood-frame chairs. 
This first sale on Friday was great and this is where my spring distraction comes in. I didn't take any photos of the pieces I bought here and have already dropped them off at my upholsterer. I try to photograph all my "before" pieces and that task was just totally forgotten.

This very nice sale had some pieces I wanted but was just not willing to pay their price - I particularly loved that great pink settee!
This was actually may favorite sale. The people running it had done a wonderful job of organizing and labeling (you'd be surprised how often this is not done) and the items were interesting. The upholstered pieces, however, were in too good shape for me - didn't need reupholstering at all!
One of my favorites - Vicki - was having a sale this weekend. I bought four of the top left chairs and am redoing in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - my husband was shocked (disgusted) in how nasty they were - had been stored in the garage for some time. I predict they will make a dramatic "before" and "after" showing. I also bought two slipcovered slipper chairs that have good bones and will be nice redone.  I should have bought the chaise lounge but no longer had room!
So, all in all, a good week/weekend. Now to transform these pieces and try to recoup some of my costs. 

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