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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!

Monday, January 20, 2014

A Sunny Weekend in Atlanta - Buy, Buy, Buy!

Estate Sale (actually moving sale) in Atlanta - north-side neighborhood.
Covers and Inserts
FINALLY, we had a sunny weekend in Atlanta! I heard that the last one was way back in early November and believe it - it has been very rainy (and unusually cold) most weekends. That is not great for my favorite weekend activity - checking out the estate and garage sales in the area. I think it has also kept many people from having such sales unless they had no choice (e.g., moving sale).

I started Friday and found several sales including the one at house above. The items (lots of newer Mitchel Gold) were nice but pricey.  I did leave a bid on a gorgeous brown mohair velvet settee priced at $950 (bid $500 - original over $3000) - I did not get a call.

I also left a bid on feather-down inserts - various shapes and sizes - but didn't get those either.

Mitchell Gold Settee - I had bid $500 but didn't get it.

$50 Chaise Lounge
The next sale was in a Buckhead (primo section of Atlanta) condo and was an actual estate sale being run by the daughter of the deceased. There were a lot of older pieces of furniture at reasonable prices - prime pickings for me! I bought two pieces and left bids on an additional two. My purchases were a cloverleaf ottoman and an older settee - both $50. Not too bad!

$50 Cloverleaf Ottoman

The bids were left on another chaise lounge and a Eastlake Victorian Settee but I didn't get those.  

On my way home I stopped at one of my favorite local shops - appropriately called My Favorite Place on Peachtree Industrial Avenue - not far from my home. 

My Favorite Place 
Some of the items that I considered at My Favorite Place.  I came closest to getting the older rocker (with graceful dove arms that are hard to see in photo) priced at $50. It did need woodwork refinishing and I wondered whether using chalk paint on a rocker was a good idea. I passed but saw it was sold before leaving the shop.
One of two Swaim Chairs
On Saturday, I went out with my faithful companion, Ouida. There were not many sales posted so we traveled a little further than usual to check out those that were available. One sale was in the suburb of Alpharetta - although it was day two and most of the good pieces were sold. It did mean that they were willing to take a little less and I found two Swaim chairs for $100 - not a bad deal.

We also traveled to the Morningside neighborhood of Atlanta to pickup two Craigslist chairs (Charles Stewart - a great manufacturer). They were perfect and I picked them up for $100 for the pair - lots of down in back and seat cushions. I forgot to photograph them but will definitely feature these in a "before and after" post.

In addition, I had made an offer for three Norwalk Furniture pieces on Craigslist which were already sold. The seller contacted me Sunday morning to say that the buyers had never picked up and she was willing to accept my offer. My husband and I traveled to Sandy Springs to pick up the skirted club chair and bergere style chair and ottoman. I paid a little more than my usual (cheap) price - $300 for all - but these will be gorgeous redone.

SO ... a good buying weekend AND great weather! Life is good!!!

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