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.

Ballard Designs maintains two discount locations here in Atlanta.

Ballard Designs maintains two discount locations here in Atlanta — one on the west side and one in Roswell.

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.

A portion of the ground floor at Ballard Designs corporate headquarters houses a retail shop of current catalogue items and discounted samples.

A portion of the ground floor at Ballard Designs corporate headquarters houses a retail shop of current catalog items and discounted samples.

Ballard's Defoors store vignettes present the best of the catalogue as well as a few unique items found only here.

Ballard’s Defoor showroom vignettes present the best of the catalog as well as a few unique items found only here.

Periodic extra discounts pop-up at the store, often unadvertised.

Periodic extra discounts pop-up at the store, often unadvertised.

The experty styling inside the Defoors showroom gives additional inpsiration for bringing Ballard home.

The expert styling inside the Defoor showroom gives additional inpsiration for bringing Ballard home.

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!

Out in Roswell, the Ballard Backroom store  features every possible category of discount.

Out in Roswell, the Ballard’s Backroom store features every possible category of discount.

From past season discontinued items, to damaged goods and overstocks, Ballard's Backroom inventory stocks it all.

From past seasons’ discontinued items, to damaged goods and overstocks, Ballard’s Backroom inventory stocks it all.

Pretty lighting fixutres dangle from every cross beam, and line warehouse-style shelving. (The day these pictures were taken, they were on sale for an additional 50% the outlet price.)

Pretty lighting fixutres dangle from every cross beam, and line warehouse-style shelving. (The day these pictures were taken, they were on sale for an additional 50% off the outlet price.)

Time to hit the outlet... racks of quirky clocks discounted at Ballard's Backroom.

Time to hit the outlet … racks of quirky clocks discounted at Ballard’s Backroom.

Ballard's Backroom can be a "Picker's Paradise". (All of my office furniture... every piece... from right here.)

Ballard’s Backroom can be a picker’s paradise. (All of my office furniture … every piece … from right here.)

Prices

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.

Prices at the stores fluctuate based on inventory and special sales.

Prices at the stores fluctuate based on inventory and special sales.

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!

 

 

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