Tuesday, July 24, 2007

House Parts

About 10 years ago, I discovered House Parts & have been a regular ever since. It's in downtown Atlanta in a not-so-nice part of town, in a weathered old brick building with a lot of character. You have no idea when you walk in there that you're about to find so many treasures. I checked their website & they have been in business since 1979, offering historical, antique, & architectural reproductions of plaster, cast resin, concrete, fiberglass & high-density foam products. They also carry lots of drapery hardware. Many high-end stores in Atlanta carry their products. You'll also see some of their things sometimes in TJ Maxx or Homegoods. Someone told me how neat this place was years ago & once I went there, I was hooked! I think you can order from them without having a business license, but I've only shopped by going in person & checking out the clearance room...it's open to the public. The clearance room is a room where all the rejects & not-perfect items end up for sale at a really discounted price. That's my kind of room & that's where I've bought all the stuff that's ended up in my house. Most of it can be salvaged or repaired or painted & is perfectly fine. If you are in Atlanta & get the chance, visit House Parts! You'll love it! Here are some interior shots of the warehouse from inside, shows all the items that they have for sale in this showroom. (Click all pics for an up-close view)
I was facinated by all the neat things they carry from day one.
You can get very large items or very small items. There's something for everyone! See the lady statue in the middle? I have that one on my foyer table.
Another inside shot.




I walked around my house & took some shots of all the House Parts things I have in my house...it's a lot! I'm sure there's more, but this is just a quick look at them.


Drapery brackets & finials in my breakfast area. I painted these all to match. Check out my shop for a pair of these brackets!
Concrete little boy reading statue in a guestbath. I think for all of these statues I paid less than $10 each.
Plaster bunny in guestroom. Another little boy reading statue in guestroom. This one is cast resin, I think. His head was broken off (clean break) & I glued it back on.
Plaster Lady statue. This had some damage around the bottom & I repaired it with plaster of Paris.

Another plaster lady sits on my foyer table.
Cast resin bunny has a broken tail, which you can't see since he sits in the corner.
A huge plaster finial that was white when I bought it. I remember this piece was $15 & it is about 3' tall. I took it home & painted it & still love it.
This is a lightweight foam piece that looks just like concrete. I painted & glazed it & it fits over my tapestry perfectly. I think this piece was about $15 to $20 & had some very minor damage.
Plaque in the DR was $5.00. I think this one is resin. I was told their resin stuff is now imported from China, but it is still very heavy & well made. They do plaster, concrete, & heavy foam in house still.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of House Parts. While visiting Atlanta on Saturday, I decided to go & check them out to see what they have in right now. I'm never disappointed when I check out the clearance room & this time was no exception. Go and have a look at my shop & you'll see several items for sale in there. Most things are perfectly fine & I will note it if there is an imperfection, but I'm passing along some great things at really good prices.

Happy Shopping!

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the feathered nest said...

Well I'll definitely have to make a trip there! Looks like a fabulous place!

Manuela

PAT said...

Hi Rhoda...I kept clicking over here in anticipation of this post!! Going to have a closer look, now!

I've wanted to visit this place since I first heard you and Maureen speak of it!

Pat

Tammy518 said...

Thanks for letting us take a tour of House Parts with you. I've got a couple of items from them myself.

I can't get your store to open today:( I'd love to see your House Parts items for sale.

Susie Q said...

What a wonderful post. Such a fun place and I always love seeing those special corners of your home. So lovely.

I keep clicking on your shop and nothing comes up! I will keep trying!

I left an award for you on my blog yesterday!
I wanted everyone to know what an interesting and inspirational place you have here. Thanks for that dear Rhoda!

Hugs,
Sue

Susie Q said...

Hi Rhoda,. I would love to purchase the fairy crossing sign if it is still available. Would I be able to send you a check? Or a NO? I do not have a paypal account.

If not, I completely understand.

Your things are so lovely! It is such a treat to check in and see what you have!

I sent an email and it came back for some reason so I will try this way. My emsil is: combs_sue@yahoo.com


Thank you!

Hugs,
Sue

cd&m said...

Wow what a treasure trove of a placto shop.

Belle-ah said...

That looks like a must stop! I used to frequent The Wrecking Bar on Moreland Ave but haven't been there in ages. Thanks for the review!!!!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Susie Q! I just emailed you back, so the plaque is yours!

For those of you who are having a hard time getting in, if there are a lot of visits to my shop in a short time, then it closes down for a little bit, so please keep checking back!

Thanks!
Rhoda

Deb said...

House Parts looks like a wonderful place to shop! Your home is gorgeous with all your found treasures.

Rosemary said...

Hi Rhoda,
Yes I would sure have to stop at that store. Love it.
Thanks for the tour.
Rosemary

Kahshe Cottager said...

Congratulations on getting the Reflections Award!! (I followed you over from Betty Jo)

House Parts looks like my kind of store. It may be a good thing I don't live nearby!

LivingTheLife said...

House Parts...looks like a great place to visit...I'll put it on my list for when I make it to Atlanta...actually my hubbin is doing some consulting work at the Atlanta airport...I think he's due for a trip soon...hmmmm...this may be a business trip I NEED to go on...

Also...with the statue of the lady...you said she had a damaged bottom and you were able to fix it with some plaster...Do you think the same will work for my damaged bottom...??? Just askin'...I might have been outside in a hail storm and picked up just a couple of dings and dents...so I was curious...lol

Blessings...
"T"
LivingTheLife
aka
http://www.blogspot.tpmom4ever.com

Tina Leigh said...

This sounds like a place Mama & I will have to hit next time I go to visit her. You have posted about so many neat places on your blog. When I grow up I'm gonna hit the road & see some of them. You make everything sound so interesting. Hey how is it you dont know what pecans look like when they are growing? What kinda southern girl are you, lol?

Tina Leigh said...

Oh & I relly enjoyed your post on your Daddy & his birthday. What a great man. You are blessed!

justabeachkat said...

Well, girlfriend...you continue to amaze me with your creativity. Loved this tour.

Hugs!
Kat

Amanda @ Morning Glory Cottage said...

Hi Rhoda,
Glad you got the goodie box and that you liked it. Hopefully nothing was broken. :-) Glad you liked the candy also. It's some of the best. I did briefly see your post about the cake. It's a great recipe. I often make it like you did for the birthday party. I'd put my nuts on mine too if the rest of the family would eat it. Sounds like you had a great time at the birtday party. My grandmother turned 80, six years ago and my aunt threw a huge party for her. It was a great time. House Parts looks like a great place to visit. Wish I lived closer. Though there is an "old South" trip in the makings for next year though. Might have to put that on the "to visit" list. Take care.
Amanda

Cheryl Wray said...

How cool is that? Looks like a wonderful place to shop and visit! Thanks for taking us there with you via the blog!

ADELE said...

I love your blog. You have a beautiful home and so many pretty things to look at on your blog. I am a southern girl too. We just passed through Birmingham Sunday on our way home from a trip to Atlanta. I love Birmingham. I will be back to visit your blog.

FrenchGardenHouse said...

hi Rhoda, I love Houseparts! Your pieces look so at home in your beautiful rooms.

Thanks for taking us all on a field trip there.
Lidy

FrenchGardenHouse said...

hi Rhoda, I love Houseparts! Your pieces look so at home in your beautiful rooms.

Thanks for taking us all on a field trip there.
Lidy

Jolene George said...

You have some really great pieces!

Cherry Menlove said...

Yes, the clearence room would be my kind of room also. I get such a thrill from finding a bargain. I wish it weren't so far away!!!

Cherry xxx

RealEstateGirl said...

cool! I'm gonna have to check this out next time I'm there visiting family.

My candlesticks came on Monday! Yipee! I love 'em!!! I've been too busy though, to find a spot for them, but when I do, I'll show you!

Thanks!

Decorating Queen said...

What a wonderful place. I just love the pig trio. What great treasure finds. Nicole

Deserae said...

Hi Rhoda! I loved taking the tour of House Parts with you and was drooling the entire time!!! It is such an incredible place! *sigh* It was fun to see how you have used all the goodies you found there thuout your home too :O)
-Des

Sandi @ the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I have never even heard of House Parts... That sounds like a place you could spend the day.
You have such a great eye!

Felicia said...

I especially like your new bunnies :)

daisy cottage said...

What a wonderful place that must be! I've never heard of it.. thanks for sharing this with us! I love the things that you have gotten from there in your home..
xo,
Kim

pedalpower said...

Rhoda, I knew the minute I saw this blog that it had to be Rhoda from Great Impressions! Your style shines through!
Joyce aka lilly
(who hasn't been on GI in foreva!)

cityfarmer said...

Oh my....my heart just stopped for a moment....I think I have a big plaster ur/baslet with roses on the top like one in your yard (from a previous post) did that come from the warehoue?

Cre8Tiva said...

oh i had forgotten about this place...i used to love to go there...many of their things grace my home today...blessings, rebecca

Carolyn said...

After some of your comments on my blog, I know that it took something verrrrrrrrry special to get you into Atlanta. LOL. And I can see that with bargains like this, hectic traffic takes a back seat! How fun to find so many items for a song. I can see from the comments here that the clearance room is going to have a few more visitors now!

The last draw for me in Atlanta, years ago, was the international DeKalb Farmers Market. I had never seen anything like it, nor have I since. Loved it.

So glad you visited, too, and that you enjoyed the view. Great to hear that Alabama being picturesque was a surprise to you, too! LOL, well, now I have far more to scenic things to see in Alabama than the bargain Scottsboro, Unclaimed Luggage store! Have a great day! :-)

Lallee said...

You have some wonderful items from there. It must be a dream to shop there!

Betty Jo said...

Oh WOW! What an incredible place this is. I would have a blast there. You have chosen such beautiful things Rhoda for your home. xoxo

Southern Heart said...

I would love this place! I enjoyed seeing all of their wonderful offerings, and also your beautiful finds!

Christy said...

What a neat building to work out of. You always find the neatest little stores. I think I just need to make a trip to where you live.