So, some of you may have guessed what my recent favorite find in Atlanta was--and for those of you still wondering: it was Ballard Designs- the stores!
I'm starting to think you Atlantans have been holding out on the rest of us, because as many times as I've visited Atlanta, I never knew Ballard was there. I was just perusing the BD site a couple weeks ago & found out that out of the 5 Ballard Stores in existence, 2 of them are in the Atlanta area. (The other 2 retail stores are in FL, & one outlet is in OH. Click here for store location info.) So, for my recent trip last week, I had to get myself over there.
We stopped first at the Atlanta location. They call this their "hybrid store" because it is a combination of both new, full-priced merchandise & a few catalog return & outlet items. The store is set up beautifully, as you'd expect, & it's just like walking into their catalog.
Here are a few of the pics. Sorry about the quality... I had to take these with my hidden camera sunglasses. (Not really--I was sneaking a few with my phone.) They had signs posted throughout the store stating that photography was not allowed. Hmmm--you'd think they're afraid we'll steal their ideas or something!
Here we are with the cute Mr. & Mrs. pillows I've always thought about making if I could think of somewhere to put them. Dave doesn't look at all like I told him to "sit there & hold this pillow & look like you're having fun," does he?
There really were some great deals. I ended up bringing home this Entomology Plaque Set I've liked for awhile. The original price for these was $39, and they've been marked down to $25 online. But, in the store, I got them for $15.99!
I also bought this P.E. Collection Paper Tray for our library desk. It was still regular price, but I was planning to order this online anyway, so I saved myself the shipping costs.
I absolutely loved being able to see some of my Ballard favorites in real life, sit on some of the furniture, & feel the fabrics.
After we left there, we drove about 20 minutes to the Ballard's Backroom in Roswell. This location is more of an outlet/warehouse. It's bigger than the Atlanta store & it's full of scratch & dent items & catalog returns.
There was everything from headboards & chalkboards to lighting & rugs. Lots of furniture & wall decor as well. There were a few things I might've brought home if I had had space in my truck, but I didn't, so I had to let it go.
Both these locations had a lot of great items & had truly discounted prices as well. If you are a Ballard fan within driving distance to Atlanta, I recommend you visit. Especially if you are planning to buy large ticket items. You may be able to save a bundle.
Have you visited a Ballard Store? I want to hear about it!