Ballard Designs is well known as a trusted source for home decor furnishings — for me, it’s always a happy discovery to find their catalog peeking out of the mailbox. Over the years, the quality of the Ballard shopping experience has benefitted from the design talent of such powerful voices as Suzanne Kasler and Bunny Williams. Ballard’s figured out the way to make chic selections both accessible and affordable, bringing European flea market style, industrial trends and Southern chic into almost any budget. With their home offices based right here in Atlanta, we reap the benefits of proximity as the company maintains 2 local discount locations. That’s right, two of them.
Westside/Defoors Location — 1670 DeFoor Avenue, Atlanta
On the west side, the ground floor of the Ballard Design headquarters houses a regular retail store combined with a sample clearance center. The current catalog side features items from the most recents editions, as well as a few specialty elements found nowhere else. A custom design center lets shoppers select fabrics from swatches and rolls. The discount side offers the very best of their samples — a manager explained to me that these pieces come from photo shoots and furniture set-ups or unopened returns, so they’re absolutely new.
North Suburbs/Roswell Location — 1475 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell
Out further in the suburbs of Roswell, Ballard’s Backroom stocks a massive warehouse-style showroom with overstocks, returns, discontinued items and slightly damaged pieces. The inventory rotates constantly, sometimes with boxes stacked to the ceiling, always with all sorts of goodies to be discovered. (My most recent score: two lateral filing cabinets, slightly-damaged in the back and scratched on top, and an extra large, framed corkboard in a discontinued style, all retailing for over $500 each and purchased here for about $300 total.) This environment requires more patience and an eye for the find — if you’re not a “picker,” you could easily be overwhelmed, but if you love a good treasure hunt, put on your comfy shoes and hit it hard!
In both locations, prices fluctuate as inventory changes. Even the regular retail store offers periodic sales that have often been unadvertised. The discount areas present weekly and monthly specials, noting these on a bulletin board at the front of the store as well as online.
Do yourself a favor and check out both of these locations. You can even call ahead and give them a style number or description. There’s a good chance that must-have item you’ve dog-eared on a catalogue page may be hanging out on one of these showroom floors with a nice little discount tag haging from it. Browse all of their incredible selections at www.ballarddesigns.com and get ideas for a Ballard boost!