Friday, November 16, 2012

Art porn in Atlanta

Several weeks ago I traveled to Atlanta for business.  I'm always excited about traveling to Atlanta because one of my favorite art stores is there.  It's called Binders and it is like a feast for the senses.


On my way to Binders, as I was cursing the 5pm traffic in Buckhead, I lived the perfect example of how a negative can turn out to be an amazing positive.   For years, I've been a huge customer of Flax Art & Design out of San Francisco, but I had no idea there was something similar in Atlanta, but there it was-- Sam Flax!  And I wouldn't have seen it if I hadn't been sitting through the same light 4 times!



Now, I consider myself very lucky because we have a FANTASTIC art store right here locally that has every supply you could think of at the best prices I've ever seen-- Jerry's Artarama!  (Even the name is great!)  But Jerry's is like a giant warehouse.  It's not pretty-- it's just wonderful. 

Binder's in Atlanta is exquisitely beautiful.  You enter at street level and then have to walk down the stairs to get to the store . You'd think that descending into a basement level shop would not bode well, but when that staircase opens up and you look out over the store, it's breathtaking!
 




Their display tables truly are a feast for the eyes, overflowing with brightly colored journals and stationary. 




Display stand after display stand of gorgeous handmade papers...


... in every color you could imagine.


Unfortunately, I did not even think to take photos while at Flax (I was too busy drooling), but I will certainly snap some pics the next time I'm there. 

I'm only wishing that I lived closer so I could take some of the wonderful classes they offer or pop in to go bankrupt as I drool over the wonderfully fun gadgets and pens and tapes and envelopes and journals and paints and toys and calendars and...   

Linking to Paint Party Friday and AEDM #16 for some more festive fun!


22 comments:

  1. Oh Wow. I am drooling just from the photos here. We have a little stinkin Michael's store here. Not a lot of supplies and I CRAVE a nice big store to browse in. Thanks for sharing this. HPPF

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  2. OMG-this place looks AWESOME!!! I'm so thankful there isn't one like this where I live-I'd have to go back to work full time for sure:) Happy PPF!

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  3. Looks like a fun place to go and spend the day. Not anything like that here, but we have Michael's and JoAnn's and a few other small craft stores. I think there is a real artists supply store in town, but I never go into town. Twenty five years ago downtown was thriving with department and specialty stores. Now that's all gone and the place is not somewhere an old lady would want to wander around in. So sad, really. I enjoyed seeing your photos and your poster painting.

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  4. I must agree- this is art porn! I think I want to go to Atlanta just to shop there!!!

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  5. Oh ~ what I call a 'candy store' ~ I am glad I don't live near this ~ fascinating place but I would want 'one of each' ~ Great post ~ CArol (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

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  6. Wow looks fabulous!! That's what I call a happy accident!! I once missed a very bad accident by one car because I was late....I never question things that delay me anymore!! Beautiful page...love your fonts! Happy ppf!


    Hugs Giggles

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  7. wow this is fabulous................ooooh a shop full of eye candy. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  8. Lol! Art porn! Love it! Great photos. :)

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  9. Thanks for sharing. This looks like a dangerous store!!

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  10. nice letters and wow, lovely art store!

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  11. Wow, you stumbled onto something grand!! Lucky you. Looks like an easy place to spend a paycheck!! Happy PPF

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  12. The pictures make me bit delirious...good thing I'm not really there...I'm sure the damage I could do there is not in my budget! :)

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  13. I want to go there... looks like it would be worth the 20 hours on a plane...xx

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  14. Always fun to find great shopping for art supplies places. Nice for you to have two really good ones!!! HPPF!

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  15. Wow, looks awesome! Why is shopping so wonderful, especially lovely colorful art supplies... damn our gatherer ancestors! ;-D HPPF!

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  16. My husband and I moved away from Austin about 6 months ago. The one and only thing I miss about leaving that area? Jerry's Artarama... oh how I miss that store. I used to go there on Saturdays, mostly just walking around and dreaming, sometimes actually able to buy stuff. Gosh, that place is simply amazing. I'm in the Rio Grande Valley now and there is nothing even close in these parts... boo!

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  17. Thank you so much for the Atlanta recommendations! My son started school in Atl. this year and I'm so excited to know I can visit these goodies there.

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  18. Wow. I would like to live there!

    I'm having a giveaway over at Art in the Garage to celebrate my 1000th post--hope you can stop by and leave a comment!

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  19. Ow, I'm drooling with you! wanna go there ....

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  20. I feel the same way about going to Utrect or Dick Blick whenever I am in Chicago, it's like a pilgrimage.

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  21. Now that's my kind of porn!!! Yes, this took my breath away and left me begging for more. I wasn't happy when Flax Art & Design quit selling online. :( When I lived in Minneapolis it was Wet Paint and Dick Blick that gave me chills when I walked in the door (can still order online from them up here in Fargo). My favorite other place is Cheap Joe's, but I have ordered from Jerry's, too. Thanks for the trip! I never get to actually walk into one of these art stores anymore, so I loved the pics!! ;)

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