Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Coffee Bag Rugs, Vintage Luggage and Authentic Stickers

Hey, hey, hey,  friends!! I wanted to share with you some fabulous finds that we discovered this last week! First, is this incredibly well preserved vintage suitcase with all its gorgeous stickers still in tact. 
 We got it for a bargain. Its brightly colored, slightly chipped stickers tell an incredible story of quite the world traveler. They sure don't make quality luggage like this anymore...
Check out the beautiful and vivid vintage images on these travel stickers.

 I could spend hours looking at them imagining and dreaming about all of the adventures that it's owner must have had...This is why I love old items, everything tells a story of the past. Were its owners a lover of world and all its cultures like myself? Did they sit in little cafes and people watch? What was the purpose for all these holidays? What do you imagine they did?
Penny and I adore the plaid inside too!
She enjoys our new burlap coffee sack rugs as well. 
 I scored these for two Euros a piece from a coffee shop in Trier. Way cheaper than buying area rugs, and they fit the spaces I needed rugs in PERFECTLY! Antique ones wouldn't be this cheap, but these have the worn and weathered look I love so much.
The print is lovely isn't it?
On a different note, I have officially become the village hoarder. I love coming out to my front patio to find random gifts of old wood and German antiques that some of the locals are tossing away. I guess when you are raised in a country where EVERYTHING is old, many folks like new and sleek objects. I am happy to take everyone's trash ...I'll gladly swap my bright and shiny American stuff for their century old throw-aways!  
A way you can save money on your home is to let everyone in your circle of friends know that you would love to consider taking any of their old goodies that they want to fling, off their hands...or, make trades...it just takes some work.

That's how I have done my entire home (that's full of character) for less than people spend on one room of cheap, too matchy, partical board furniture. Don't feel like doing the work? I know a designer who would love to do your International shopping for you! ;)
Good luck fellow re-purposers!
xox


19 comments:

  1. WOW, loooooove the suitcase!!! :) Miss you!

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    1. Hey sista! I love and miss you! come visit so we can get you some luggage and you can add travel stickers from the places you go! xo

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  2. Aw, i loovee that suitcase!!! That's sooo special and neat!!!

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    1. Hey there Kristen! Thank you so much! How are you guys doing? I hope you are enjoying your weekend!

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  3. Love the way you're using the coffee bags! Great idea.
    Mary Alice

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    1. Why thank you Mary Alice! I am cheap where I can be haha ;) Gotta save that money for traveling the world!

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  4. I couldn't agree more, now I just need to come over there and live, lol! You are a lucky girl!

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  5. I love the idea of using a coffee bag as a rug! I actually have a couple of coffee bags I got from a friend who works at a coffee shop and I have been looking for a way to use them!

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    1. Oh awesome! I would love to see what you end up doing with them! I am also going to make a dog bed and a bulletin board with some too! I hope you are enjoying your weekend Ashley!

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  6. Molly I love the fact that you are known as the village hoarder! My husband loves to tell people of my adventures dumpster diving all the time. I think I may be like you though, excited to collect people's castoffs. I can't wait to see your pallet bar. I love pallets!

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    1. Haha that's awesome! dumpster diving is totally my favorite past-time! People used to think I was crazy and weird for doing it but now it's become the cool thing to do...mwhahaha. Have you done anything cool with your pallets? i am using them everywhere... I love free ;) I hope you are having a blessed day Leah!

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