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August 6, 2013

Patina Sign 1

Kristie Thompson grew up in Savannah, where her father and grandfather ran a sign company. But she never planned on joining the family business – or starting her own — until last year after a move from Los Angeles to Atlanta.

While house hunting, the veteran set decorator for TV and film discovered that Atlanta neighborhoods had their own character, story and architecture – something she appreciated.

Soon after buying her condo in a 1910 building in Poncey Highland, Thompson was motivated by Atlanta’s historic neighborhoods and her fond memories of the faded quality of old signs to start — a vintage-inspired sign company.

At the Patina Factory, popular signs include Virginia Highland, Inman Park, Buckhead and Decatur. But there are others, plus custom signs too. Priced at $149, the hand-painted metal signs are 24 inches by 24 inches and two inches deep. For $59, the new 8-inch-by-20-inch signs feature just a neighborhood name.

Find Patina Factory signs in the Atlanta area at Urban Cottage (, 998 H. Highland Ave. and at Antiques and Beyond (, 1853 Cheshire Bridge Road. For information about the company, all signs point to

 Patina Sign 2


From → art, furniture, gifts, holiday, home

  1. Deborah Dietzler permalink


    Good morning.

    Wondering if you are aware of Cabell’s Designs, a great Georgia-based company. The story is too much to go into in an email, but you would probably recognize the university themed pottery they produce.

    This would make a great post for your blog.


    • I was not aware of them. Thanks for the tip. I will check them out.

      linda jerkins h: 678.298.7754 m: 678.429.7265 7165 twin branch road atlanta, ga 30328

      On Tue, Aug 6, 2013 at 8:00 AM, southernfinds

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