Ballard Designs Outlet


If you live in Atlanta, you’ve probably been to the Ballard’s Outlet in Roswell or on DeFoors Ferry Rd.  I’ve been to both of them plenty of times, but since I now live in Birmingham, it’s not often that I get to browse this fun store.  So, I made time while I was over visiting family at Thanksgiving to hop over to the Roswell store and take a look around.  You just never know what you will find in here!  I’ve scored some pretty good bargains over the years, some really cheap and some just OK deals.  And it’s always fun. IMG_7694

I couldn’t talk any of my friends into going, so I went by myself.  They always have a pretty large selection of furniture pieces in here and they are usually good prices.  This is a desk almost just like my Target black desk that I have, but the Target version is a lot cheaper, I can tell you that.  IMG_7695

And one thing you should know is this, I don’t think any of their furniture is real wood.  If you check it out in here with the dings and dents that are very visible, it’s pretty obvious that it’s made out of some sort of man-made material, some even looks like heavy duty cardboard to me.  Now, I’m not dissing Ballards, I like Ballards, but this is just what I’ve noticed about the furniture.  Buyer be warned. IMG_7696

They have some good-looking pieces, but I don’t believe you’ll find any real wood in here.IMG_7697

Plenty of rugs on clearance, so those are a good deal.IMG_7698

More console tables or islands. IMG_7701

Round tables and chairs.IMG_7703

Plenty of artwork too, although it’s pretty expensive for what it is.


They have loads of mirrors and the prices aren’t really cheap, but better than the catalog.  Love this sunburst.IMG_7705

This is where I bought those neat shelves in my office nook, right here at this store.  I’d say the outlet prices are about 30% off the catalog prices on these.  I love, love my shelves and didn’t mind paying for them, they have served me well.IMG_7706

Lots of clocks.


Plenty of lighting too, along with chandeliers.IMG_7709

Wall artIMG_7710

More mirrors, I love these.  Can’t remember how much they were, but they sure would be pretty grouped together in 3’s.IMG_7712

More hung up on display.IMG_7713

Plenty more art on the walls.IMG_7714

Barstools galore.IMG_7715

And some office furniture and accessories displayed. IMG_7716

Tables and chairs.

Oh, and this is really funny!  I saw someone in there who I knew from an online decorating board for many years (hi, Susan!) and she lives in Mississippi and was up in Atlanta visiting HER relatives and decided to go to Ballards.  She recognized me and said hello and that was really fun.  It’s a small world, you never know who you’ll see. 🙂IMG_7717

So, what did I buy?

Just one thing…this pretty tall tabletop tree in a white urn.  They had a pretty good sale that day and Christmas stuff was 20% off, plus another 20% off that Friday, so I got it for a total of $50 (including tax), which I didn’t think was too bad.  It’s nicely made and looks real.  And it’s going on my foyer table, which I’ll show you soon!

If you get a chance to go to a Ballard’s Outlet, check it out! Always fun!

And the winner of the Southern Beauty giveaway is Donna! Congrats, Donna, you are going to have some fun with that prize.

GREAT Movie Alert!  We just saw the BEST movie last night, Blindside. Oh my gosh, it’s one of the most fantastic movies I’ve ever seen and me and my hubby as well as the couple we went with loved every minute of it (I think my hubby went mainly to see Nick Saban, but the rest of the movie was A+++) :). I had no idea what it was about, but it was truly wonderful.  Go and see this movie!!

- Rhoda


  1. LindaSonia says:

    Thanks for the tour of Ballard’s Outlet Store. Living in Michigan I had no idea. Have heard a lot of hype about the movie Blindside (a true story) – talk about Sandra Bullock being nominated for an Oscar. Love the movie’s premise a LOT!! Have a great day! LindaSonia

  2. We stopped by there on our last visit & I have to say I was a tad disappointed. The quality in their furniture just wasn’t what I was expecting for the price – but I always love to go look. You never know what you’ll find.

  3. I have purchased a few things from Ballard and you are right – the quality is not as good as you would expect it to be. I do love their accessories and have gotten some great ideas from their magazine. I need to check out the outlet next time I am in Atlanta. Thanks for sharing!

  4. i never knew there was an outlet…..even though quality of furniture is not great ….i agree with you…you have to stop just in case you find SOMEthing 🙂 which you did! cute tree 🙂

  5. Hey Rhoda- I love the Ballard outlet, but haven’t been in a while. I was getting coupons in the mail from them, and that was always a great time to go. The artwork over my TV cabinet came from there and it was something I had my eye on for quite a while. I was doing a dance the day I found that deal! I could make their fake furniture work great if it weren’t for their ridiculous prices on it. I have bought several small things there. I love the ‘tree’ art print you showed, but I never liked the frame for the $200 asking price. I will have to get back over there one day. That was one of the first places I went when we moved to the north side of town, and the day we went those farm table/desks that you show in your post were marked down to $50! We didn’t have a truck, or anything to get it home that day and by the time muy husband got back there they were sold out. I almost cried! I already had my room set up for that to be my sewing table! You never know what you will stumbled upon there. Ballard is still what I model my home by. Love them! Thanks for taking me there with you!


  6. Morning, Rhoda! You gals who live in the South have the most wonderful places to shop! Shoot! No, no, I’m not jealous, nope not a bit! 🙂
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  7. Not real wood?! bummer. But I still love so much about this store. I always enjoy browsing their catalogue. cheers, -susan

  8. BlindSide is wonderful isn’t it! It reminded me of how much I really have!

  9. I really want one of those clocks, really any of them would be fine! Oh, and those lamps you showed with the mosaic look would be so fun in my bathroom! Too bad I live in Kansas. 🙂 Thanks for showing us what I won’t be seeing person too soon.

  10. I love your honesty in this post. I love outlet stores, but sometimes they are a bit disappointing. I feel like they should have better deals than they do. If I’m ever in the area I’ll definitely check out Ballard’s outlet, though.

    I hope you’re having a great weekend,

  11. As soon as I am well enough to sit in a theater with other folks, we want to see this movie! So happy you enjoyed and thanks for the great review, Rhoda!

  12. Hey girl…I was in there on Sunday…check out my awesome “berry” wreath that I got there! I agree you never know what you might find in there. I almost bought a light fixture for my morning room…then I discovered it wasn’t going to be enough light for that room:( Hope you have a FUN weekend…I will be decorating the inside of my home all weekend…have four…yes four trees to decorate…love them all!


  13. Thanks SO much for the tour of Ballards!! I live 6 hours away, but visit every time I’m in Atlanta. It was like shopping with you! Anxious to see what you do with your new foyer tree!!

  14. I would have bought that tree too! I have never been to Atlanta:”( Thanks for the info about the quality of the pieces though. It is very disappointing when quality is not what you expect from the price. Can’t wait to see the tree in your foyer!!! XO, Pinky

  15. That was fun, Rhoda! I enjoyed touring there with you. Wish I lived closer and could pop over for a look see.

    Like your tree a lot!


    Sheila 🙂

  16. I’ve heard good things about that movie, so I’m hoping to see it at some point. I am so jealous that there are not 1 but 2 Ballard outlet locations in Atlanta! I think I could spend a whole day there.

  17. My in laws live in Roswell (mil hates this store) but I have found a couple of things in there. The quality is low for the prices they ask for some of their things. I did score 2 parsons chairs one year with my monogram on them. And a couple of years ago I bought the tabletop forms you put on file cabients really cheap for my office.

  18. For the prices they sell their furniture for it should be made out of wood. I visited one of their retail stores in Vancouver and I could barely afford a couple of glasses. I do love their style of furniture, though. Thanks for coming by to visit my blog and leaving a kind message. Hugs, Cindy S.

  19. what a neat store. wish we had one. I love that kind.

  20. BD is one of my all-time favorite stores and I dream of going there someday!!

  21. I stop in the Roswell store once every 6 weeks or so, usually when they have their extra 20 off everything. I feel the same way as you about their quality and prices. Late summer I did get a tall 5 shelf bookcase for right around $100 and it’s in hub’s office and I love it. I have yet to see Blind Side but they shot two days in an empty space in the large warehouse where I have my gallery/shop and I think it was staged as a rug store? Wonder if it made the cut?

  22. Hope you have a fabulous birthday Rhoda! Yes, the Blindside is an awesome movie and can’t wait to take my husband to see it! I live in the Memphis area and the church and school that the family attend are just a few miles from where I live. You know that it was all shot around Atlanta though, right? Thanks so much for your blog, it is always inspiring!

  23. Hi Rhoda!! Thanks for the shout was soooo nice to finally meet the lady with so much talent! Y’all she is really just as nice in person as she comes across in her posts..she is really tall too. : )
    I noticed the same thing about Ballards furniture as you did and those mirrors you posted that you liked..well I bought two of them.Loved them.I ended up paying about 70 bucks ea for them..with the 20% discount that day.Not cheap but not too bad either.
    Ohhh..btw..tell that hub of yours…from one HUGE Bama fan to another…ROLL TIDE ROLLLLLLLL! Awesome game they played!!! Well deserved win!

  24. Hey Rhoda,
    Good post on Ballards,,,,I’ve been to both stores too and am always disappointed at the price of poor quality in their furniture. Definitely made from particle board and melamine. It’s too bad, because their catalog always looks great.
    Hope your Thanksgiving was great!

  25. I love that catalog. I really want to be able to afford somthing from there, now that I see that is isn’t that good it makes me feel better. Thanks Rhoda.

  26. Hi Rhoda! Thank you for leaving such a sweet comment on my blog about my bow making. My mother in law and I learned how to make bows together years ago!
    Omgosh, I thank you! Your blog was the first blog I found and was immediately addicted to it! lol It was because of your blog that I decided to start a blog too. 🙂 I can’t wait to read your bow making post! Have a great day!

  27. Thank you so much for posting this. I am in the Atlanta area and definitely had never ever heard of this place. I am going to check this out ASAP.

  28. Aw, I would have went with you. I love Ballard Designs. Looks like lots of goodies. That’s a shame that they don’t offer real wood furniture, considering their prices. Sheesh. We saw Blind Side over Thanksgiving and loved it. Very heartwarming story.

  29. As a furniture lover and lover of Ballard Designs, I need to move east and take advantage of all of your wonderful outlets. Why can’t we have one here in Texas? I guess we do have Wisteria and some others I can’t seem to think of right now for wishing I lived close to the Ballard Design outlet.

    Rhoda, can we pay you to shop there for us???? Pretty please??? Guess my husband will say I need to get another job first.

  30. For those of you yankees, there is a Ballard Design outlet in the Cincinnati area, right close to the Ikea. So make it a day long trip and get to both places. Attached to Ballard Designs are a couple other stores that must be owned by the same parent company; however, I can’t think of the name off the top of my head.

  31. Ballard’s Backroom is one of my favorite places and I’ve found some good buys there.

    Friends of ours grandson was #69 in the movie and their granddaughter was in some scenes.

    Wishing you a blessed Christmas season as we celebrate our Savior’s birth….

  32. Deborah Gayles says:

    Please check your outlet stores to see if anyone has the black and white Harlequin bath accessories. Thanks.

  33. I just bought the Rudolph Dining Table from the Ballard Designs store here in Jacksonville and it is hardwood. I love it!

  34. I hope you still look at your website. Looks like a long time since anyone commented. I have never been to a Ballard’s outlet but would absolultely love it. Do they ever have the checked drapes? Also, you mentioned the rugs were pretty good sales. I’m looking for about a 12 x 24 in lighter earth colors. If you’ve been anytime recently, have you seen anything like this. Just might have to take a trip. I’m in Tennessee. Thanks so much and would love to hear from you.

  35. It looked like a bunch of junk that was damaged and over priced

  36. OMG I’d love to go to a Ballard’s outlet! I didn’t know there was such a thing..Thanks for sharing 🙂

  37. I have been an enthusiastic customer of Ballard Designs for years and I can tell you first hand, their desks (I bought two!) looked beautiful when first set up, but quickly got marred and cheap looking shortly after. It IS made of particle board and a cheaply made finish that doesn’t stand up to ANY wear and tear. It is only for show purposes. And now they have sunk to a new low – showing one price in the catalog, giving an online discount with free shipping, then when the bill comes, it shows an increase in price (for online shoppers) and in fact, NO free shipping (not on THAT order was their explanation!) Buyer beware! They have indeed lost me as a customer.

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