40. Shop the ADAC sample sale

A treasure cove of unique, high-end furniture

Photograph courtesy of 360 Media

Until last year, the annual Sample Sale was the only time that the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center was open to the public. But in 2012, ADAC reversed its long-standing policy and allowed consumers to browse its high-end home furnishings. (The catch is that many purchases need to be made through designers, though showrooms will help you find a professional if needed.) One peek inside and you’ll discover where designers find statement pieces like that perfectly faded Oushak or swanky walnut buffet. On May 3 to 5, check out ADAC’s garage for discounts—as much as 80 percent—then take the elevator upstairs to hunt for more treasures and reduced-price items.

This article originally appeared in our April 2013 issue.