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My favorite gift for Christmas may have been a palm router, but I love shopping as much as the next bargain savvy lady. So when a few Atlanta area bloggers decided to get together last Saturday for lunch and shopping, I was excited to tag along.

Some of the bloggers I’d met before at other Atlanta area events, like Rhoda from Southern Hospitality Christina from The Frugal Homemaker, and Amy from ModPodgeRocks. Some bloggers were new to the group, like Sally from Homemaking Reality.

We met for an early lunch at JCT Kitchen. They make a mean grilled cheese, but the thing I enjoyed most was the way they delivered the coffee. The container holding the coffee was almost like a wine caraffe; you had more than a full cup, so all you had to do is keep it to the side and refill as needed. I enjoy small goofy things, apparently.

Our first window shopping trip was at the Jonathan Adler store. I say window shopping because there was no way I could ever afford these goodies on my budget, but it was a lot of fun to see the fun mix of colors and finishes.

I love this light fixture. I didn’t go near the price tag since light fixtures are usually pricier items in stores, and I couldn’t so much as afford the banana bud vase.

And this store had a real jonesing for bananas. I went ape (hehe) over this rug. I thought it would be cute for a quirky entryway (I always think that a home’s entryway should reveal your personality instantly; and when I think of mine, it always includes a little color).

Nearby, another store called Switch Modern caught my eye. Again, it was all looky, no actual purchase-y, but they did have some interesting stuff. Would anyone like a tray of wild animal portraiture?

Our last stop was in Savvy Snoot, which Rhoda explained was one of the best consignment shops in Atlanta. Three full floors of goods to ogle, each with a completely different feel. The main floor seemed to mix several different styles with ease, which is right up my alley.

The top floor was a little kooky. I got distracted by the fact that I was walking on astro turf. I loved it.

The bottom floor had some great antique pieces, which is where I found the corbels I mentioned yesterday. Did you guess the one on the left? That’s the one I took home. I have a plan to work it into a project for the guest room, which will be done likely sometime in the next ten years. Ha.

But if I could have, I would have loved to take this table home with me too. I’m hoping I can find a good reclaimed wood source in the Atlanta area and give this table the old DIY try.

And I could really use a new coffee table! The one I have is still from my old post-college apartment. It’s cheap, has more water rings than actual undamaged spots on the top, and several irreparable dings and chips as a result of several moves. Guess I know what project to look into after I finish off the dining room, eh?

All in all, it was a successful shopping trip. I got one more item that I’ll share sometime later (it was a soft blanket, but I’m not sure if I want to hang it as wall art or actually use it for its purpose, so once I make that decision I’ll share). The upside to window shopping like this is that I get tons of ideas for my home. The downside is basically the same; I get tons of ideas for the home that I have to put on a wait list because I can’t get to all of them at once. But I’d rather have too many ideas than too few any day.

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  1. Looks like fun! I know what you mean – on most of my shopping trips, I bring home more ideas than anything tangible – and my to-do list just gets longer and longer… :)