My friend and former coworker Veronica moving back to Atlanta from DC was a great reason to 1) get together and catch up 2) explore Buford Highway* eating and 3) thrift. I went with Veronica Goodwilling just before she moved a year and a half ago and she's been hooked since. Shocking but I think I've only been to Goodwill once or twice since I had Margot 13 months ago, and one of those times was to look at gently used baby books. Oy. #ThingsChange
We decided to meet at a place we'd both heard a lot about but hadn't experienced firsthand: White Windmill Bakery's original/main location on Buford Highway. We had no idea quite how fabulous this Korean bakery and cafe would be! Wow. The spacious and updated cafe featured close to 40 types of fresh breads (all with samples handy!!) include chocolate croissaints, mochi bread, sugared doughnuts with sweet rice, toasted bread with green tea cream cheese, sausage bread and more. The flavors ranged from sweet to savory and featured all kinds of spices from curry to cinnamon brown sugar and back again. We each sampled 10+ breads. Okay, it may have been closer to 20.
We also spied gorgeous desserts in the icebox: macaroons, fruit tarts, tiramisus, etc. Yum.
Time to order.
When the cashier heard it was our first time, he said something to the effect of, "this time, just try a million things; next time you're here, you can buy something."
We didn't listen. We each brought a chocolate almond croissant twist bread (would serve 2-3 people for under $4) of sorts to take home, and I nabbed a cheesy sausage bread ($2.50) to enjoy with coffee. Veronica's frozen blended vanilla latte was incredible. (I wanted to get a breakfast sandwich but they don't serve them on Sundays. No biggie.)
Yum… we will definitely be back. I could see myself stopping by here en route to work to pick up treats for colleagues. Forget Alon's or the other (more expensive) bakeries/cafes. I'm hooked on White Windmill. Not to mention it's right by my fave Treat Your Feet foot massage joint. Hehe.
White Windmill Bakery & Cafe
5881 Buford Hwy.
Doraville, GA 30340
From there we headed over to the Northlake-area (Lavista Road) Goodwill location. Veronica hadn't been to this one before. You may have read on my blog that the Buford Highway and Lavista Road locations are my favorite two Goodwills in town. Both are consistently clean, organized and most importantly stocked with many quality items.
Once inside, Veronica noticed that much like the BuHi location, the store had J. Crew, Banana Republic and Loft aplenty. We tag teamed and scored big (it's always good to shop with a friend… they may spot things you missed, and you can tell each other what sizes and styles to be on the lookout for).
While I can't remember my WHOLE stash off-hand, it went about something like this:
- Neon pink and grey striped dress (likely will be a swimsuit coverup) – name brand not memorable
- Navy polka dot cotton dress (wore today to a Fourth of July neighborhood party!) – name brand not memorable
- Black bandage dress (formal) for my mom: Trina B. (tags still on! Found the same dress on eBay for $70!)
- Red cocktail dress with pockets(!) for my sister Anna: French Connection
- Chambray mini polka dot shirt dress: Mossimo (Target)
- Black prom dress with sequins, black peals and puffy shoulders (will likely sell on eBay)
- A few things for Margot: pair of leggings, red sweater (18 months – perfect for the fall) and a white/pink striped, long-sleeved PJ
- Long, fun pendant necklace (kind of cross shaped with crystals in the center – cooler than described)
- Total damage: $61
Veronica also racked up big time.
- Python career or date night dress: White House Black Market
- Black lightweight dress with neckline detail: Mossimo (Target)
- Chambray shirt (didn't note brand)
- Pink button up career or weekend shirt (can't remember the brand but it was something good, maybe J. Crew?)
- Navy and white nautical dress (probably will be a swimsuit cover up, maybe in Croatia!)
- Clarks wedges (probably worn once! Leather!)
- Grand total: Around $50 (I failed at taking good notes today)
3983 Lavista Road
Tucker, GA 30084
Thanks, Veronica, for meeting up and for giving me inspiration to blog for the first time in forever!
*Buford Highway is a great stretch of Atlanta with every type of cuisine you can imagine (as well as other off-the-beaten-path clothing and jewelry shops, foot massage spas, ethnic grocery stores and more). Some places are divey; others are a little more mainstream in their appeal. Buford Highway is a gem.