Hot ‘lanta…7 Categories-Oh My!


As of today I think I am back up to normal speed after a whirlwind trip to the summer Atlanta Gift and Accessory Market.  Four days of non-stop shopping for “the next best thing” to bring to you in Lake Gaston.

I have been to this market too many times to count (twice a year equals almost 50 times…yikes!) At the end of this excursion I realized why it has become so much more difficult. (I have aged but I would never admit that is to blame!)

Many years ago we were attending markets to spot new trends, stock a small retail boutique and make purchases for clients.  With our expansions and growth over the years we now shop seven categories at the Atlanta Market Center.  No wonder our list is so long, our feet are worn out and our brains are fried!

These pictures show a few tidbits of the items we purchased in just three of the seven categories.  Let us hear about your favorite piece.



holiday tabletop, bright colors, Christmas, glass platter

Festive Holiday Glass Platter

penquins, salt and pepper shakers, black and white

Cute little penquin salt and pepper shakers to hang out with the snowman dinnerware!

christmas dishes, snowmen, black accents

New contemporary snowmen holiday dinnerware which easily pairs with white dishes

holiday, rug, small, machine wash

Assymetrical whimsy adorns this washable floor mat


Jewelry, fashion accessory, pearls, necklace, earrings, bracelet

Bangles and baubles for holiday attire!

wallet, fall fashion, skins and animal accents, fashion accessories

Wallets with embossed, shiny finishes are hot for fall!


cheese knife, saw, garden trowel, his and hers, serving utensils, cake knife, cake server

"Garden trowel" cake server and "saw" cake knife make a great his and her gift!

solar wind chime, sun, moon, green design,

Sun and moon solar chimes powered by the sun!

picture frames, whimsical, fish cat , dog

Whimsical picture frames for your favorite child or pet!

clock, frog, whimsy, brand new

Funky frog clock catching the dragon fly will make anyone smile!


  1. Mary says:

    Yes, despite the hard work we did have fun. Not enough time nor energy to really complete the list. We have some great new things on order. No Golden Stella, please!

  2. Mary says:

    Hi Kate: Thanks for the comments. It’s good to hear from you.

  3. Brenda says:

    Love the frog clock!

  4. Kate Schumacher says:

    I like the snowmen plates and the frog clock… those two are my favorite items… the salt and pepper shakers are cute too….. not into jewelery so that didn’t catch my eye as much as the others…

  5. Patsy says:

    Looks like great fun to me !! Know y’all had a bit of fun and a lot of laughs to go along w/your tired feet and fried brains !! Hope you took Lu for her first visit to “Go–en St–la” !! She has not been initiated until she’s done that one. I’ll need to get one of those saws for Jo Ann. Can’t wait to see it all in person.

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