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!