The GreenPeaches Holiday Shopping Guide - Home & Gifts

With only 10 days left until the big day, you might be running out of time to buy an online gift from any one of hundreds of green/eco retailers online.  We're here to help.  There are some great places in Atlanta to find an eco friendly gift.  From new boutiques and retailers to established stores and markets, we'll point you to a few that will be worth your time.

One of our favorite ways to find great gifts is to check out local antique markets.  Now, don't think that antique markets are old and stuffy with stuff you might find in your grandmother's house.  These days, you can pick up cool stuff from the 70's and 80's at most markets and some booths in these markets cater to eras that you might find interesting.  Some of my favorites are art deco, rustic french farmhouse and vintage WWII themes.  You may find hundreds of different dealers in some antique markets each with different items.  Some can be pricey and others affordable but looking and buying is almost always fun and don't forget that you're recycling instead of buying new products made by underpaid laborers that were most likely shipped thousands of miles from another country...

Anyway, a couple really solid markets in Atlanta are The Kudzu Antique Market near Decatur.  They have been one of "Atlanta's Best" since 1979 with over 25000 square feet of space.  The market was recently named to Atlanta Magazine's "Best of Atlanta" Hall of Fame for its consistent performance over the years as a local favorite. 

For those of you on the north side, there are two great places to go in Historic Roswell.  First, is the Historic Roswell Antique Market.  It's not as large as The Kudzu Antique Market but it's pretty big with 15000 square feet and over 85 dealers.  You'll find European Antiques, Rugs, Jewelery, Vintage Books and lots of other knick knacks.  Also in Historic Roswell is the very popular Board of Trade consignment shop. 

If antique markets aren't your thing, there are some great options that are available around town for gifts for the home and just general items that your friends and family might like.  First, you may want to take a look at Verde Home.  You can find furniture, rugs, antiques, lighting and much more at Verde Home.  The store was founded in 2006 and has a stringent philosophy on sustainability in their business.  They take into account Materials Use, Manufacture Method, Transport, and Utilization qualifications. Learn more on their website.

Another favorite for gifts is EcoBella.  This organic lifestyle boutique in the Virginia Highlands area originally catered toward the baby crowd but has started to branch out into organic apparel, green home improvement, pet gifts and bath & body.  The store is small but has a good amount of variety.  You should be able to find a green gift here that is reasonably priced.

If you are shopping for a gift for a younger GreenPeach, you may want to try out Olozoo in Duluth.  This boutique has baby and kid minded furniture, home decor, toys, clothes and much more.  It might be a ways away for some of you so check out their well designed website first to see what they have.  

Well, that's about it for this edition of the GreenPeaches Holiday Shopping Guide.  As always, if you have anything to add, please feel free to comment.  We know that not all of the great stores and markets in Atlanta were captured in this brief post but this is a great sample of what you can find around town.