It’s July which means another trip to Market in Atlanta to buy for the store. You have to own or be a buyer for a store to get in so most people never get to see it. It’s kind of a secret place! BUT… I take pictures every time so I can show you all what we saw! Read on for your behind the scenes look at July 2016 Market in Atlanta!
Here’s my mom and me in front of one of the Market buildings. It’s always fun to take a break from the store and spend time together dreaming about new things for the next season!
The first pictures I’ll show you are some of the Christmas goodies we saw. Below is a showroom that sells paper placemats and table runners. We ordered several for Fall and Christmas. They’re PERFECT for the holidays because they can be used as wrapping paper too!
This picture is also an example of two of the trends we saw this year; marble finishes on everything and cactus everything(they’re replacing succulents in the trend world).
We got some of the gold and white papers for Christmas and I can’t wait to decorate a whole table with it!
There were a lot of choices! Our friend Susan was pointing to her favorite just as I took the picture. Which one would you choose?
We had already ordered most of our Christmas decor at the January Market. If you missed my blog about it, you can see it here. On this trip, we added just a few items, especially little gift pieces like these cute metal signs.
We ordered a few of the “puppy’s first Christmas” ornaments because, well, we just had to. We love dogs and it’s so cute!
The Cody Foster displays are always so cool! They have a talent for making displays and products that are vintage but have a modern feel.
The peace sign made of ornaments was so eye catching in their showroom window. It must have taken a long time to make!
One of the other things we order in July is jewelry so that we have a lot on hand for Christmas.
These adorable bracelets we found come on a card that says, “If you were a fruit, you’d be a coconut.” So cute! I love how delicate they are. We ordered several because we thought they’d be a cute gift or stocking stuffer!
We saw gemstones on EVERYTHING at this market. These are some cuffs we ordered that will be here soon. I want the gray one!
Below the cuffs are some really pretty beaded pieces we ordered. I can’t wait to layer everything this Fall/Winter. I absolutely love the stones and the more delicate jewelry we saw. Everything was so chunky for a while and I’m ready for something different!
We found a mother-daughter company that made beaded bracelets like these below. They were the nicest people and they were so excited that we wanted some of their pieces for our store. I left their booth feeling great about being able to support them and their dream!
My mom LOVES getting jewelry at the cash and carry section but I find it completely overwhelming. As you can see in this picture, there are just aisles and aisles of choices! I find we have to limit our time in there because we could seriously spend an entire day looking at all the jewelry!
Besides finding Christmas gift items, our mission at Market was to place home decor orders for Spring of 2017. There are so many different styles in so many showrooms. The trick for us is to find places with vintage inspired decor that will blend with our vintage painted furniture.
I hate to tell you guys this, but we’re still seeing macrame everywhere! I think a lot of people who lived through the 70’s are not happy to see it back,lol.
We thought these feather prints were really cool and they’re a color that would go with anything! We’re actually having these come now because we liked them so much! I also love when something comes in a collection because it’s a zero effort way to decorate a wall.
As you can see, sometimes the showrooms get crowded and it can be hard to see everything. The sales reps carry around ipads with scanners and you tell them how much of each item you want. Since it’s wholesale, you usually can’t order just one of something. You have to get quantities of 6 or 12 or 36, depending on what the item is and the company’s policies. It can be really hard to determine if you should get 6 or 96 of something because sometimes we are wrong when we think something will sell! It is scary spending so much money!
There was a LOT of desert influence at Market this time. I liked the dark, dramatic wall below with the cactus prints. Not sure if our customers would be into the cactus vases but they were kind of fun.
Speaking of a dramatic wall, I thought this was really pretty.
This section of a showroom was a bit too modern for us but I loved the lights. As you can see, there’s another marble finish on the table. It was everywhere this time so you can expect that trend to stick around for a while in decor.
One of the things we were looking for this time was farmhouse inspired decor. It fits in really well with our vintage painted furniture and customers are loving it!
I loved these giant preserved boxwood balls but they are always so expensive! Like hundreds of dollars. Ugh.
My mom was so excited to find these galvanized chargers for our farmhouse look. They’re pretty inexpensive and they could be used year round. I can’t wait to set a table with them!
Some cute mugs we ordered! We made sure they were dishwasher and microwave safe before ordering. Because who wants to hand wash anything anymore?!
We’ve always loved French inspired decor so we were looking for that too. This showroom always has great displays.
Overall, July was a good Market trip. We added a few things to our Christmas orders, snagged some cool jewelry for Holiday gift-giving, and got a good start on ordering for Spring of 2017. I hope you loved reading about it and getting a behind the scenes look at Market.
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Thanks for reading! -Lindsay