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From the new skinny jeans (and who should wear them) to the furniture sale worth skipping lunch for to what's for dinner, we're talking about it. Fashion, steals and deals-what more could a girl (or guy) ask for?

Consignment Sales Scheduled for this Spring

Mt. Bethel Spring/Summer Consignment and Baked Goods Sale. More than 400 sellers consign toys, books, bikes, children’s furniture, sporting goods, spring and summer clothing, shoes and gear for  babies, kids, juniors, and expecting mothers. There will also be a boutique section for upscale brands, custom-made and smocked clothing. All proceeds go to support local and global missions to benefit families and children of all ages. Friday: 9am-7pm (No children or strollers allowed on sales floor on Friday until 12pm. Nursery available from 8:30am to 12pm. Babies in slings/front or back packs allowed anytime). Saturday: 9am-12pm (all items 30% off). Mt.Bethel UMC, 4385 Lower Roswell Road,  Marietta. More info: MBCCSale@gmail.comor

Semi-Annual Children’s Consignment Sale hosted by the Roswell United Methodist Church Preschool and Kindergarten (RUMCK). Three overflowing rooms with 200 consignors and great prices on gently worn spring and summer children’s clothing and accessories (newborn size 14), as well as maternity clothing, baby equipment, nursery décor, play sets and much more. Donated items will be given to the FosterCare Support Foundation. Friday: 9am-2pm (no strollers before noon). Saturday: 8am-12pm (select items ½ price). Roswell UMC, in the Fellowship Hall, Building B, 814 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell. More info: 770-993-6218 or

NOWAMOM Kids Consignment Sale sponsored by Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples  (NOWAMOM). Everything you need for your family from tots to tweens! Strollers welcome! Electronic tagging, so a much faster checkout! 9am-2pm at Sandy Plains Baptist Church, 2825 Sandy Plains Rd, Marietta. More info: email or visit our Facebook page, NOWAMOM KIDS CONSIGNMENT SALE.

MARCH 20-21
All 4 Kids Consignment Sale with 400 sellers. Bring a laundry basket with along belt or rope tied to it to help carry all of your goodies while you shop as no baskets are provided. Adults who donate $5 cash for Missions will be given early admittance on opening morning. Friday: 9:30am-8pm. Saturday: 9am-1pm. Many items half off on Saturday. Mt. Paran North Church of God, 1700 Allgood Road, Marietta. More info:

MARCH 20-21
KinderMart Spring/Summer Children’s Consignment Sale. Save big on children’s clothes, swimming gear, toys, baby needs & equipment, books, sporting goods & much more! Financial contributions for this sale will support the Sarah Davidson Scholarship Fund and donations will benefit church outreach and Must Ministries. Friday: 9:30am-7pm. Saturday: 9am-12pm. Many items half price on Saturday. Smyrna First United Methodist Church, 1315 Concord Road, Smyrna 30080. More info:

Rhea Lana’s of Cobb County. Spring and Summer children’s and maternity clothing, toys, furniture, books, shoes, baby gear and more! Shop all your children’s needs in one spot. Admission is always FREE! Sell your children’s items as a consignor and earn 70-80%! Track your sales LIVE! Volunteer and shop before the public to get the best deals first! Sunday, March 29: 12pm-7pm; Monday, March 30: 10am –8pm; Tuesday, March 31: 10am –4pm; Wednesday, April 1: 10am-8pm; Thursday, April 2: 10am-4pm. Sprayberry Square Shopping Center, 2550 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: 404-889-4173 or


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Shop Kids Kingdom Consignments this weekend

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Kids Kingdom Spring/Summer Consignment Sale. High quality, well organized children’s consignment ministry featuring children and teen clothing, baby items and equipment, toys, DVDs, baby furniture, books and educational items, maternity, and much more. Thursday: 9am-8pm. Friday: 9am-6pm. Saturday: 9am-1pm. Orange Hill Baptist Church, 4293 Austell Road, Austell. More info: 770-948-2303 or


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Kennesaw State alumna becomes entrepreneur by following her passions

Britoni Burdett hand-paints each of her glasses with the customer in mind.

Self-taught artist and KSU graduate Britoni Burdett, 31, created her own unique brand of hand-painted drink ware, called DrinkIn3D with Britoni B.

Burdett’s drink ware is unique due to her “3-D boobs, butts and bellies” applications. She paints silhouettes of women on glasses while allowing each customer to customize the hair color, eye color, outfit and quote painted on their glass.

Burdett graduated from Kennesaw State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 2006. after graduation, she started working for Ignition, a marketing agency in Atlanta.

Two years later, her best friend needed a roommate in Miami, Fla., so she headed south and worked in the motorsports industry for several years. She then started her own business as an independent contractor, specifically working with private yachts and airplanes.

Burdett continued to work in Florida for about five years until she found her love for painting. She then moved back home to Marietta in 2013.

She didn’t think her talent would turn into a business. Her friend kept challenging her to continue painting, and friends placed orders and would pay her to paint glasses, so it seemed fitting to turn her artwork into a business.

“My demand actually made the decision for me,” Burdett said of how her business began. “I got busy enough to make the decision whether or not to keep working for people or focus on this brand 100 percent.”

The idea of the 3-D applications on her glasses was inspired by a few friends.

“We all have breast implants, so I decided to make glasses for a couple of my girlfriends and give them 3-D boobs, kind of supporting our fake boobs,” Burdett said, laughing at the idea.

Currently living at her parents’ house, she creates her designs in her studio, which also serves as her bedroom.

The support seems to be never-ending from her mother and father. Her mother helps advertise the drinkware at her grandson’s baseball games, giving brochures out to parents and by carrying around her very own DrinkIn3D with Britoni B product.

“We definitely think she found her calling in life!” Burdett’s mother, Janna Burdett, said.

Constantly having positive support around can be such an inspiration for Burdett.

One benefit to her working from home is she is able to make her own schedule, meaning she isn’t required to be anywhere at 8 a.m. and refrain at 5 p.m. In fact, she finds herself starting around 9 a.m., and sometimes working until 3 a.m.

Burdett tries to fit in an hour a day of leisure time, where she will swim in the backyard pool, go to the gym or paddleboard at the lake nearby.

Procrastinating too long from completing a glass isn’t wise, because the process to finish one glass takes days, due to the three levels of paint required. She also struggles with having to wear all the hats in this business.

“I wish there were more than 24 hours in a day,” Burdett said. “To fill all those roles and manage by myself is a full-time job in itself.”

Shipping is also a challenge and time consuming. As her own boss, she has to make sure the package ships out on time and see that the glasses will arrive promptly and safely. Once the products are out of her hands, problems can arise. If the drink ware does not arrive on time, she must handle it in a professional and prompt manner.

Burdett has successfully painted glasses for Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb from “The Today Show,” and is designing a glass for Gov. Nathan Deal to promote his campaign around election time.

She also paints to raise awareness of diseases including leukemia and breast cancer. Some of her customers have purchased glasses to give away as raffle prizes at breast cancer walks.

In the next three years, Burdett hopes for her brand to expand worldwide and become a household item. She also hopes to have her website completed and for newsletters to be created within the near future.

You can currently find Burdett’s hand-painted drink ware for purchase on social networks including Etsy, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. Her products are sold at A Southern Style, located in Roswell, Ga. She will also appear on “ManCaves”  shown on the DIY Network later this year.

Burdett took a leap of faith by putting 100 percent of her time into this business and sales are steadily increasing.

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Sparkle a New You at Ivy Lane this Weekend!

Don’t miss the Sparkle a New You event at Ivy Lane on Sunday, February 22, 3-5pm. Light refreshments, gift bags from Bob Steele Salon and a special discount of 40% off one regular-priced item.

Shop Ivy Lane in the Highland Plaza Shopping Center at 3605 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta/East Cobb.

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President’s Day story hour at Book Exchange



On Presidents Day, Monday, February 16, Book Exchange invites parents to bring their children to a story hour from 4:30 to 5:30 pm to hear local author Lynn Cullen read her latest children’s book, “Dear Mr. Washington.”

Cullen is the critically-acclaimed author of several adult novels as well as young adult and children’s books. “Dear Mr. Washington,” based on imagined letters from the daughter of portrait painter Gilbert Stuart, transports young readers back to the creation of one of the most famous paintings of the first U.S. president. Young Charlotte Stuart begins her first missive to George Washington apologizing for the chaos that she and two of her brothers instigated trying to get him to smile. Along with smiles and giggles, Cullen’s tale delivers lessons in good behavior andn a bit of American history.

Refreshments and treats will be provided. This is a free event but an RSVP is required by February 15. For more information or to RSVP, call Book Exchange at 770-427-4848.


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Now Hiring: Goodwill® Looking for 40 to Staff New Store


Next week, Goodwill of North Georgia will host a hiring event as it looks to recruit 40 team members to fill open positions at its Lower Roswell store. The new store, located at 4930 Davidson Road (Marietta, Georgia 30068), will include a donation center and is set open to customers on March 19.
“Each of our stores allows us to create about 40 new, full-time jobs where they previously did not exist,” says Goodwill’s Director of Public Relations Elaine Armstrong.
The organization is hiring sales and production associates. Those interested should apply in person during the Goodwill Hiring Event on February 17 and 18 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Pavillion of East Cobb (736 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, Georgia 30068). The event will continue on February 19 if all positions have not been previously filled.
Candidates must be at least 18 years old, bring valid identification, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and be able to pass a pre-employment background screening and drug test. Interview attire is strongly recommended.
When the store opens next month, Goodwill expects shoppers to find it to be a great place for people looking to save money on clothes, books and other household items, and donors will enjoy the convenient drive-up donation center. Moreover, they will have the opportunity to help thousands of other North Georgians find work.
“Our mission is to put people to work. We do this through a variety of job training programs and employment services. We use the sale of donated goods to fund those activities. This year, our goal is to help 16,500 people find jobs,” Armstrong explains.
You can learn more about Goodwill of North Georgia by logging on to


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EAST COBBER announces more locations to pick up your FREE copy!


Did you know EAST COBBER magazine is available free at over 500 locations throughout East Cobb County? We are proud to announce the following NEW locations you can pick up a copy of the EAST COBBER magazine:

  • Furkids Thrift Store, New London shopping center, 1427 Roswell Road, Marietta 30062
  • Kumon Roswell, Shallowford Corners, 4401 Shallowford Road, Suite 142 Marietta 30075
  • Walmart Neighborhood Store, 3101 Roswell Road, Marietta 30062

Thanks to these fine establishments for offering the EAST COBBER to their patrons.
For more than 21 years, the EAST COBBER has been informing and promoting East Cobb County. EAST COBBER magazine is East Cobb’s best community magazine! Enjoy interesting articles, a calendar of events, dining guide, pet page and more!

Click HERE to find a copy near you! 


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Shop Edward-Johns for your Valentine


Shop Edward-Johns Jewelers Monday thru Friday from 10am-5:30pm and Saturday 10am-5pm and find something special for your Valentine. Mention the ad on page 12 of our February issue for a free gift while supplies last.

Edward-Johns Jewelers is located behind Chick-fil-A in Woodlawn Square, 1205 Johnson Ferry Road Suite 124. Call 770-977-2026 for more information.

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Don’t miss Sip and Shop TONIGHT at Ivy Lane

Sip and Shop today, Sunday, February 8, at Ivy Lane. Enjoy light refreshments and 20% off Valentine’s gifts from 5-8pm.

Ivy Lane is located in the Highland Plaza Shopping Center at 3605 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta/East Cobb.

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Valentine’s Day Flower Sale at Marketplace 120

Pick up or order your Valentine floral arrangements at MarketPlace 120 from Petals and Treats. Florist quality flowers, prices range from $15 and up. Purchase a dozen red roses in vase for $30.

MarketPlace 120 is located at 562 Wylie Road in Marietta. More info:


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