Friday started bright and early at 6:00 a.m., when we left Birmingham and headed to the Market in Atlanta. I was really tagging along with Lynn and Jane, who were looking for new things for their monogram business. I decided to get registered too with my new business and I had to take a pic of my badge showing me as a Buyer for The Restyled Room. I doubt I’ll go over there a lot, since Market is mostly for stores stocking their floors and many of the wholesalers require a minimim order to get started, but it sure was fun looking around at all the new and exciting things in design. It’s nice to know that I can go back anytime I’d like now and who knows, when things get busier for me, I may try to do some buying there. The only thing I brought home this time was a lucky sample find of a University of Alabama metal trashcan that made my hubby oh so happy.
It’s been at least 10 years since I’ve been to the Market. My Aunt Mary used to have a dress shop in Florida and she’d come up here at least once a year to the Market and buy clothes for her shop. Me, my sister, and my cousin would tag along and check things out, so it was a lot of fun to go in there and see the magnitude of it all. Everything from furniture, accessories, rugs, art, fine jewelry, costume jewelry, sports stuff, and of course clothes…it’s all at the Market. I had only been to the Gift mart one time, so it was fun for me to take all of that in again. Oh, and I met a fun HGTV celebrity and got my picture taken with him, which I’ll show you later. That was a hoot!
So, we walked and walked and walked, looking at booth after booth of fun things. Imagine 3 buildings with at least 12 floors each. That’s how much there is to take in. It’s impossible to look at everything in two or three days, much less one, but we sure tried. They were looking for some particular vendors who carry linens, towels, kid’s clothes, etc. for stocking their business and of course, I wanted to hit the furniture, accessories and decorating area. Here are a few pics that I took at some furniture booths that we went by.
And this red one with cherries, I can see being right at home in several cottage homes I can think of.
A garden vignette in one of the windows.
And Jane and Lynn stopped to talk to a nice Italian young man who was manning a booth of fine Italian linens. Those Italians know how to make some exquisite things. I had to tell him how much I love Italy. Bellisimo!
Unfortunately, the price points were too much for them, since they are just getting started in their business. This is Lynn chatting with the guy.
Mary Carol Garrity was represented at the Market and I found a really nice display all set up with her beautiful things. I had not seen much of it in person before and would love to see Nell Hill’s store one day, so this was the next best thing. They wouldn’t let me take pics in the booth space, but this is a window display I passed. Gorgeous!
Fine linens and silverware.
And checked out these bags for monogramming.
This booth had kid’s furniture so very prettily displayed. I hung out with them until lunch, then they went on to look at more things for their business and I hit the building with all the fun decorative accessories. Oh, was that a fun 2 hours!
I adored this black and white booth with some beautiful things in there. Love this bench, as well as the fabric and those mirrored chests were stunning.
This white table and chairs was really pretty too.
This seashell artwork caught my eye. I saw lots of this I would have loved to bring home. Maybe next time.
One of my favorite places to shop, House Parts, had a very pretty booth display.
And this booth had all sorts of lamps and chandeliers displayed so nicely. Loved the bunny lamp.
As well as these dog pillows. I think there’s a dog for every dog lover out there. Needlepoints and they were done so well.
This monogrammed bed caught my eye.
And I loved this garden display.
Take a look at this gorgeous bed, with the monogrammed headboard, black and white linens and the yummy aqua wall behind it. Gaaaawgus! I was drooling.
More monogrammed pillows on this sumptious bed.
I absolutely fell in love with this zebra black/cream bench. Now I could kick myself for not getting a brochure from this company. I don’t even know who makes it. It would look so great in my den under my botanical pics, as extra seating. I may have to make a point to go back and check this out again and save my pennies. I’d have to see if they’d let me order just one.
It’s been around as long as I can remember. Has anyone ever eaten there? After all that shopping and walking, we worked up an appetite and decided to hit another great Atlanta landmark…..
The Varsity! Now, this place I love. I’ve been going here since I was a kid. You ain’t had nothin’ til you’ve had onion rings and a frosted orange from the Varsity. I know they are known for their chili dogs, but I don’t ever get those or the hamburgers.
The world famous counter at The Varsity…whattayahave, whattayahave?? They really do yell that out all the time.
I got my usual of a chicken salad sandwich on toasted wheat, onion rings, a frosted orange (which is like an orange milkshake), and finished it off with a peach pie for dessert. I have been eating this combo for years. I got my allotment of grease for at least a month, but I’m tellin’ ya’ll, this is some good food. Lots of people won’t go in the Varsity, because of the grease factor, but I love this stuff! Good eatin’…really. It’s a treat and no, you definitely couldn’t eat this every day! Even though those Georgia Tech boys might give it a try, since it’s so close to campus. We enjoyed our food in the car and headed back to the Magic City where I plopped into bed and got the best sleep I’ve had in ages. Hope you enjoyed our trip to The Market!
Enjoy your week!
What a fun day you had. I loved seeing all the pretty pictures you took. From beginning to end, it was a fun treat to share your day! Thank you! Patti
What a feast for the eyes!! Such wonderful ideas…I bet you didn’t know where to look!! I love the painted furniture and the linens too.
Things That Inspire says
You brave soul! I find the Atlanta Mart SO overwhelming, I can barely even deal with it. However, I loved seeing your edited version, and it was great to see Sparkle Josh!
That monogrammed bed was so cute. It would be darling in a guest room or a little girl’s room.
Betty Jo says
What fun this market must have been! I adore that cherry cupboard. So many lovely things and your photos make feel I’m there myself. xoxo
restyled home says
I.Want.It.All. Event he meal you had!! How lucky are you to have had a day like that?? I am seriously jealous!
Stop by, if you have a chance…I’m hosting a “perfectly imperfect” week, and I’d love you to participate!! With all the yard sale goodies you have acquired over the years, I thought of you right away!!
Have a great week Rhoda!
Thanks so much for letting us ‘tag’ along with you. I’ve always wanted to go to Market and see whats hot at the moment. My husband LOVES the Varsity-he attended Georgia Tech so if we even drive by he wants to stop!
I’ve never heard of the market but it looks like lots of fun. So wonder your feet were tired. That’s alot of walking. I lvoe so many of the things you showed I wouldn;’t know where to start. Hope your trip goes well and I’m happy your business is doing good.
what a wonderful day for a visit.. I totally forgot you were going to market.. I head to the one up our way and they are just a ton of fun aren’t they… I hope you share more with us about your time there.. And Sparkle Josh.. what a scream that had to have been… thanks for sharing.. hugs ~lynne~aka decorator101
This was a lot of fun, and informative. Thank you for this great peek.
The Flesher Family says
Wow…I found your blog by accident but I am in love with it!! I enjoy visiting your blog and seeing what new ideas you have. I am newly married and on my journey to decorate our home. I love to decorate and your blog has some great ideas!!
Stop by our blog sometime….
I came by yesterday but had to run and didn’t get a chance to comment.
Looks like you had a good time at the Mart. Dana and I used to go twice a year to buy for our store and I have to say that I don’t miss scouring those 3 huge buildings with all those floors. Seeing the Cotton Colors booth does bring back many wonderful memories though.
Glad you had a good time and as always your look gorgeous my friend.
Thank you so much for allowing me to live vicariously through you and visit Market. I would LOVE to be able to go one day! I would go crazy because I would want to make sure I
saw everything. Thanks for the great pictures!!!
Reformed Grits says
Beautiful stuff! I’d be on consumer overload going there. Looks like you had a fabulous time!!!
Sure sounds like a good time was had by all! I ate at PittyPats in 1973! How could that be possible? I must have been an infant!! Actually we were on our way back to Vt from New Orleans where we had honeymooned. I remember fried chicken:)
To market, to market………I’m drooling over much of what you saw there Rhoda – the Italian linens, the cream pottery, the painted hutches, the outdoor furniture with damask patterned upholstery etc. etc. I went to the High Point Furniture Market one year (friends got me in!) and was just in awe – I’d be the same here at the Gift Market!
Your former post with the lampshades caught my eye to, they are great – I just posted on my love for damask and my lampshades!
Hope you’re all rested now and ready to decorate!
My dad owned two LaZBoy stores so I went to market a couple of times as a teen. There are a few days where it overlaps with the fashion mart- that is what I went for. I remember the rooms and rooms of furniture and decorations. I would LOVE to go now, and now I can’t- boo hoo!
Okey-dokey..I hope this post doesn’t embarrass you…I showed my DH your latest photo and he said, ” Wow, she’s a keeper!” Hey, he’s 71 years young so he’s really harmless…LOL…Now the both of us are enjoying your sweet and decorative blog.. All the best!
Hi Rhoda 🙂
How fun that you met Sparkle Josh! I’ll bet he really stood out 😉
What a wonderful place to visit! I’m not ready for Christmas either, but I loved the Santas.
I’d love to grab a bite at The Varsity…. it looks yummy!
Laura @ the shorehouse. says
This is fantastic! Now I feel like I was there. All of that design beauty…and Sparkle Josh was the cherry on the sundae. I wanted to scoop up everything in that bright green Mary Carol Garrity vignette. Ooohhhhh…
I’m having a great time on your blog! Can’t wait to “window shop” with you again.
Sensory overload. What great stuff, and pictures, and celebrities, and everything!!!
You have to check out the chair on my blog, I totally thought of you when I got it.
You sound so busy, just like me.
Have a great day!