Friday, March 16, 2007

Heavens to Etsy!

I think Etsy is heaven on Earth. To me, it is a wonderfully complex and magical maze...with delightful surprises around every corner. My left brain wishes there was a logical place to start and that I could get through the whole site systematically, but my right brain is happy to just wander aimlessly and see where my whims take me.

Tonight, they've taken me to what may be the most stunning and evocative jewelry I've ever seen. It was impossible to narrow down which images to show here, as each one was more gorgeous than the last. I just can't say enough about it. I am enchanted by 1ofmykind and can't wait to buy my first piece!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

The Thrill of the Hunt

I am an avid bargain hunter. As a lower-middle class kid, I was forced to do most of my back-to-school clothes shopping at thrift stores, which I loathed. Soon, I developed an eye for funky, vintage pieces and created my own, unique "look." Eventually, I learned to enjoy shopping at thrift stores and came to love the hunt for fabulous finds at bargain prices.

Today, I still love the hunt. I have more money than my family did then, but I'm certainly not rich. With a professor husband and me in publishing (not too terribly well-paid careers), I'm always on the lookout for a good deal. And now that we're beginning to spend thousands of dollars on trying to start a family, my hunting skills are in even higher demand.

So, on the chance that there may be some other bargain hunters out there, I've decided to start what will hopefully become a semi-regular post topic: The Thrill of the Hunt. With these posts, I'll share my latest killer bargain finds.

This week I found this cute little Moroccan Plant Stand from Collections Etc. It reminds me of the Moroccan Tables at Garnet Hill. The Garnet Hill tables cost $128, which isn't too bad, and they're probably made with higher quality materials. But if you're on a tight budget, the Collections Etc. table might be more your speed since it will only put you out by $14.99! Ah, I love a good bargain.
Happy Hunting!