Hi everybody! We just got back from market in Atlanta where we ordered our "everyday" items and our Christmas merchandise(which starts shipping in July). My blog after market is always really long so I've decided to split it up into 3 sections: Everyday, Halloween and Fall, and Christmas. This first entry is where I'll show you the pictures I took of the everyday things that will be in the store very soon.
For those of you who don't know, there are 2 big markets every year in several cities. We like Atlanta the most because they have a lot of home decor and gift items. We were told that there were over 73,000 people that attended this market. Yes, it's that big. It's overwhelming! We spent 5 days picking out merchandise and we even split up into 2 teams to get it all done.
Market is made up of lots of showrooms with different wholesale companies. Some have just a few items and some have huge spaces with a large range of goods. Some just set things on ugly shelving and others make huge, wonderful displays. I usually just take pictures of the good ones, but let me tell you, we've had to weed through a LOT of bad ones to find the good ones.
This picture below is Park Hill. They are a little more rustic/farmhouse than our store, but we have found that we can pull pieces of theirs and make them work with our look. They are PHENOMENAL at displaying. One year, we won a contest with them and they drove all the way to our store from Arkansas to set up a display for us. They were the nicest people! I'm so glad we still order from them.
Below are some of the things we will be pairing with the bare wood pieces. It's like an old Southern barn kind of look.
Below is a picture of a window looking inside a showroom. They make little displays to entice you to come inside. It's really hard not to get distracted by everything here. Sometimes we will have an appointment with a sales rep in one of the showrooms and find it nearly impossible to get to them without getting drawn into another place. Would you want to go look inside Kalalou?
P.S. we do sometimes order from this one, but this time they had a lot of floral stems that we would have to price at about $30/stem. Hmm, not so sure most of you would go for that!
In addition to Park Hill, another favorite of ours is Peacock Park. The owner loves European antiques and designs her reproductions based on her favorite finds. Some of her displays in the showroom are mixed with REAL antiques. See the wardrobe? Yeah, not for sale. Some of her old things are for sale but they are way out of our price range. We ordered lots of little accessories here along with some french ornaments for Christmas.
Here are some examples of the lamps I ordered. This one is mercury glass.