Hi everyone! My mom and I just got back from Market in Atlanta yesterday and I’m going to share what we saw! If you’ve never read my blogs about Market before , I basically take you behind the scenes at the wholesale market in Atlanta where store owners buy their merchandise for next season. You’re not supposed to take pictures, but I mean, how can you resist? I took 176 pictures so I think I’m going to have split the blog posts into several parts!
My patient fiance, Rob, joined us on the second day so we could pick out a few things for our new house. The poor guy spent the last day looking at jewelry temporary booths but he said he had fun overall!
This little vignette was set up in the lobby of Building 1. Obviously we were totally into the all white look and the furry bench. It made us even more excited to go up to the showrooms and shop but it took them FOREVER to verify our store because there’s a White Rabbit in Virginia. They acted like we were trying to steal their identity or something! Luckily, I was able to keep my cool(even though I wanted to yell) and they got it straightened out. On the first floor we shopped, we saw several displays in floral showrooms made out of real plants. Here’s a dress we saw in a window.
I was pretty obsessed with these poodles on a leash in another showroom window. One of the cool things about Market is that the displays are really inspiring. Most of them try to do something to get you to come in and shop. We soon found one of our regular vendors and got to ordering. When you order wholesale, you do not take the items with you. You tell them what you want and pick a ship date for it. You usually can’t just order one of any particular item. When buying wholesale, there are minimum quantities you have to order depending on the item. It can be really scary because you can’t be 100% sure that an item will sell and you could be stuck with 12 of them. Making decisions about what to buy and what not to buy for an entire 10 hour day can be exhausting!
We chose some cement letters that spell “HOME” in the first showroom. We thought they could go with our “modern farmhouse” look and they were a good price. Market can be frustrating sometimes because we see amazing things that we REALLY want, but then we look at the price and want to cry. Ummmm, it is no fun to shop somewhere with outrageous prices and we want our store to be fun!
Here’s a look at a bigger section of the first showroom we visited. The next place we visited had some “cash and carry” scarves and clothing that my mom was drooling over. They mostly sell florals and we ordered a few things but not a lot. We are really particular about any faux florals. They can’t be shiny AT ALL. They need to look real or they need to not exist at all. I really prefer dried or fresh flowers but a lot of customers want wreaths for their front doors so we hunt for good ones in every showroom.
The July Market is where you order for Spring of the next year(which ships like in December or January…crazy right?) We ordered some cute rabbit prints.
My mom has really embraced the “modern farmhouse” look so we were on the lookout for really classic pieces that could go in anyone’s home and give that comfy, casual farmhouse feel. These placemats and napkins were the perfect fit because they have a faded look and subtle stripes.
In the same showroom, we found this neat botanical hanging panel. It would be an interesting alternative to a framed print on a wall and it’s really lightweight so it would be easy to hang! This wall was in the same area. I absolutely love the nature/botanical look with a little bit of gold mixed in. It makes it more modern looking. We ordered pretty much everything on this wall.
In another showroom, they use vintage pieces to display their goods. We thought the stained glass window was pretty as a backdrop. We always want the pieces that are for display only to be for sale! So annoying!
Sometimes we order things that never come! We ordered some of these copper lights last July and never got them.
Makes me wonder why they still have them on display! At the end of the first day, we decided to go get Mexican food at a nearby restaurant. It’s on the second floor and we sat on the balcony. We were so exhausted so it felt good to just sit and relax while we talked about everything we saw. It’s always a good brainstorming time.Since I took SOOO many pictures, I’m going to split my posts into sections. I’ll try to post a new section every couple of days so you’ll see pictures from Day2 very soon! Thanks for reading! -Lindsay