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We were mentioned on a local Atlanta morning show, "Atlanta and Company"
Tom Sullivan, one of the hosts of the show was a recent customer and talked about us on the program.

We were featured in the "Living" Buyers Edge section of the Atlanta Journal/Constitution. Here is a copy of the article:

Buyer's Edge
Not new, highly desirable
Consignment stores give great deals on furniture

For the Journal-Constitution
DATE: October 19, 2008
PUBLICATION: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The (GA)
EDITION: Main; The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Being on a budget doesn't mean you have to live with outdated decor. A new lamp, a colorful piece of framed artwork or a new armchair can add to any room. The trick is finding accent pieces that won't take a toll on your wallet.

For Duluth shopper Laverne Tyler, that means heading to the nearest consignment furniture store.

"I can get real values, with prices I couldn't find at a regular department store," said Tyler, who recently picked up a bargain on dining room chairs, artworks and a buffet at Consignment Furniture Depot in Chamblee. "For instance, I recently saw the same chairs in a different fabric for $7,000; I paid $1,400. You must think I'm kidding, but I'm not."

Tyler makes room for her new items by consigning out old pieces. "I've sold quite a few things -- a night stand, pictures, lamps, chairs," she said.

Finding a fabulous deal often requires hunting through stores crammed with merchandise. For Avondale Estates resident Mark Green, that's half the fun.

"I like just milling through the store and seeing what's there," said Green, a regular shopper at Finders Keepers Furnishings in Decatur. "But the merchandise is constantly changing, so it's fun to go a few times a month and see what's new. It's like going through somebody's attic; there are things you may not find anywhere else."

Green has snagged deals on high-quality lamps, padded dining room chairs, sofas and quirky knickknacks from around the world that he collects. "It's stuff you wouldn't necessarily find in a retail store," he said. "It's a little more unusual."

The metro area is full of consignment furniture stores that are doing well in these days of dollar-watching. For Finders Keepers owner Bonnie Kallenberg, the home decor side of the business was so successful that, five years ago, she created a separate shop on East College Avenue. Depending on the day, buyers may find items originally purchased at Pottery Barn or Crate and Barrel, as well as antiques. Prices range from $5 for a cast iron skillet to $1,000 for a custom down sofa.

"It's been very well-received," Kallenberg said. "We do very well with things people can walk in and buy -- decorative, home decor items -- but we also sell a lot of furniture. The secret is it's priced to sell and reduced 10 percent every 30 days. After two months, we may mark it down more. Our goal is to get it out the door within 90 days."

As more people are renovating and downsizing, Kallenberg finds plenty of items to stock the store. "Sometimes it works to their advantage to bring items to a consignment shop where you have 90 days to sell it, instead of just having a one-weekend estate sale," she said.

New York Times
Published: November 28, 2008

ATLANTA wears its catchphrase “the capital of the New South” well because by the standards of Eastern cities it is just that — new. Founded in 1837 as the end of a railroad line, nearly burned off the map during the Civil War and blossoming in the past few decades into a thriving business center, the city has a noticeable lack of history running through its traffic-clogged streets. Still, there is a way to catch a glimpse of the South’s old patina in the gleaming boomtown. All you have to do is go shopping.

Many fans of antiquing already know that Atlanta is fertile ground for both serious collectors and knickknack fanatics. What far fewer realize is that outside the urban island, in a handful of country towns where the feel of the Old South has hardly faded, more excellent shops offer pieces of the past for sale. In a few days of exploring, a shopper can gather some gems, taste unbeatable Southern cooking and stay in charming hotels, first in the city and then beyond.

Start in suburban Chamblee, north of downtown. You’ll pass a seemingly endless stretch of car dealerships before arriving at Antique Row, a cluster of shops from moderately high end to flea-market style.

On a hot, cloudless day in October, a few middle-aged women were examining rows of shiny glass cases at one of the area’s more popular spots, the Atlanta Antique Gallery. From behind a counter, the store’s enthusiastic co-owner, Yvonne Auld, was quick to recommend currently en vogue Victorian-style jewelry, like a cameo brooch set in sterling silver and dating from around 1920 ($835). “If your granny didn’t leave you all the baubles, you can fake it,” she said.

Also on display were pieces of Southern folk art by Howard Finster. A version of his plywood painting of Elvis Presley as a child was $800.

Nearby, past a little brick building with gingerbread accents that houses a store called Georgia Chain Saw, is the hard-to-miss Biggar Antiques, whose front is covered in colorful splashes of vintage signs. Inside, Americana like a Pabst beer bar stand ($125) and an old framed trolley-car ad for Heinz oven-baked beans ($450) shares space with items including oddly pretty porcelain glove molds ($35 for one) and a golden oak nut and bolt cabinet with brass hardware ($2,250).

Closer to downtown, in the trendy neighborhood of Buckhead, there’s good antique hunting on Bennett Street, a quaint little dead-end road lined with a number of upscale antique shops and art galleries. Items for sale in October at the Stalls, a large store with stock from 60 dealers, included an orange and blue snowball-patterned quilt that very likely dates to the 1930s ($325) and a 19th-century French walnut buffet ($4,500).
For sheer choice, many local shoppers patronize the Scott Antique Market, which includes 2,400 booths in two buildings and is held on the second weekend of each month at the Atlanta Expo Centers, not far from the airport. Another big draw is the Lakewood 400 Antiques Market, held the third weekend of the month about 35 miles to the north in Cumming, Ga.

For dining that fits the Southern theme, try the renowned Mary Mac’s Tea Room on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Midtown, where you’ll find everything you could possibly want from a Southern table, including chicken and dumplings, country fried steak, Brunswick stew and sweet potato soufflé.

Once you’ve sufficiently traversed Atlanta, head to the countryside. Drive east over rolling hills for about 50 miles on Interstate 20 and take Exit 101 to Route 278/12. Out there, the urban scenery gives way to wide cotton fields and farmland studded with hay bales.

In tiny Rutledge, whose main intersection is an old oil drum with four stop signs sticking out of its top, head for a shop called the Barn Raising, where Pam Jones sells items like a late 19th-century German doll by Armand Marseille ($225). Also on display are 18th-century furniture reproductions made by her husband, Paul, whom you’ll find next door at an old hardware store. It has been nearly 25 years since the Joneses first took up business here in a row of historic storefronts with facades dotted by flourishes of ironwork shaped like stars and Indian heads.

In 1997, the couple jumped at the chance to buy the hardware store, which had been in continuous operation since the late 1800s, and promptly found themselves amid “layers of history,” Ms. Jones said. One item they discovered while digging through the store was a Cole Boll Weevil Killer — an old piece of farm equipment that used mop-like instruments to cover cotton fields with a mixture of molasses and arsenic. Mrs. Jones thought to call the Smithsonian, and eventually the relic was hauled off to Washington.

For lunch, backtrack west on a road named Hightower Trail to the town of Social Circle. As a historical marker notes, the road is part of what was once the dividing line between Cherokee Indian land to the north and Creek land to the south, and in 1864 a section of General Sherman’s army passed along it after leaving Atlanta smoldering.

The popular Blue Willow Inn, in a mansion in Social Circle, is a top-rated buffet-style restaurant that turns out some of the best Southern cuisine anywhere — perfectly fried chicken, creamed corn, fried green tomatoes and not-to-be-missed cheese and pecan biscuits. And yes, you’ll be eating off plates with the namesake pattern.

About 16 miles farther east lies vibrant, well preserved Madison, incorporated in 1809. The kind of frozen-in-time place where you can’t pass someone without getting a friendly “hello,” it’s often referred to as “the town Sherman refused to burn,” but locals note that the Union army did destroy a cotton gin and commercial buildings. What it left behind, however, are dozens of antebellum houses that have since been restored. One, the grand Heritage Hall on South Main Street, is open for tours and well worth a visit.

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