I love treasure! Not the brown wooden chest of gold you find deep on the ocean floor or buried under an X in the sand. But a tangible piece of history that adorns your bookshelf and evokes pleasant memories of a time and place.
I may come by this trait honestly as my grandfather rode his trike through the neighborhood, digging through the trash. And my favorite aunt made a living salvaging everything from 8-foot tall restaurant mascots to marble staircases and stained glass panels the size of a large door. The saying "One mans junk is another man treasure" resonated with me at a young age, and I believe the influence that set me in motion to seek a degree in interior design. Wherever I travel, It brings me great joy to find a treasure that will evoke fond memories of the places I have visited. From jewelry to shoes, art, and pottery. Here are a few things that I have collected along the way.
Gold & Coral earrings from Zlarin Croatia
Zlarin is a small dalmatian island near the city of Šibenik.
Gold earrings , called" verzice" are the traditional Konavle jewelry . The earring is a simple annular shape decorated with a real pearl , coral , enamel , tiny metal granules or various combinations of these materials .
Red coral is still very abundant in the Mediterranean Sea where management plans are implemented by all Mediterranean countries where the species is harvested.
Find at Zlarinka: http://www.koralji-zlarinka.hr/
Espadrills and leather goods from Spain
Its not a surprise to see a line out the door at Casa Hernanz in Barcelona. Many people enjoy the experience of waiting to have their foot measured and the opportunity to custom design a pair of espadrilles. If your lucky you will receive a pair with the well-known name in the flat of your shoe. However, there are other shops with the same quality product, snd fun designs such as Toni Pons. I love the colorful pair of slides I purchased during my last visit. While traveling my purse literally disintegrated so honestly out of necessity I had to purchase a big travel bag. there are leather shops up and down the streets. You are sure to find something you love in your price range. If you get carried away and purchase more than one pair, don't forget to ask for a VAT form to reclaim the paid tax.
Find at Toni Pons: https://tonipons.com/en_int
Larimar set in silver from the Dominican Republic
I purchased this fun Larimar ring during my vist at Club Med resort in the Dominican Republic. I was told by a psychic that for it was a good energy stone and I should wear it for clarity. Larimar is said to enlighten and heal in a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual way. It stimulates the heart, throat, third eye and crown chakras facilitating inner wisdom and outer manifestation. It represents peace and clarity, radiating healing and love energy.Larimar jewelry is offered to the public in the Dominican Republic, and elsewhere in the Caribbean as a local specialty. Most jewelry produced is set in silver, but sometimes high-grade larimar is also set in gold.
Find at Club Med Dominican Republic: :https://www.clubmed.us/d/The-Caribbean/Dominican-Republic
Silver ring and leather lock bracelet from Italy
It was so fun to meet this artist who opened up his shop for us after his friend and my tour guide gave him a friendly call. The locket collection was featured in Milan fashion week 2019. Stop in to visit this adorable artist Guilio and let him help you pick out a unique piece you will wear for years to come.
Find at Giulio Cerqua https://civicolxxv.com/en/home-page-2/
Pottery from Vietri Italy
Vietri Sul Mare, in the province of Salerno, is the first town of the Amalfi Coastline. The area is well known for its brightly painted ceramics. Many years ago, I fell in love with this giant octopus whose tentacles extend outward as if to grab you. The story behind the piece is a long time potter could not persuade his sons to follow in his footsteps and take over the family's pottery business. So, he started making these three-dimensional works of art for fun. The artist has since died, and these hard to find works are very coveted.
Find at Vietri Sul Mare: https://www.livesalerno.com/vietri-sul-mare
Pottery from Soufflenheim France
Soufflenheim is known for its traditional functional crockery, but only one artist creates pieces with bright-colored glaze. I was told years ago he is only one of 3 potters who has permission to use specific clay from the region in his pottery. You will recognize his work by the signature of Emmanuel "Kief" on the bottom.
Find at Soufflenheim: http://poteries-soufflenheim.fr/accueil.html
Beauville linen from Ribeauville France
France is known for its beautiful linens, and Beauville is a well-known brand. There are several other linen shops through the town with cloth table linens just as lovely as the well-known name brand. The colorful village of Ribeauville is absolutely precious!
Find at Ribeauville: https://www.beauville.com/shop/en/
Water fountain and seltzer bottles from Tongeren Belgium
Tongeren has a fabulous flea market with vendors spread throughout the town. This town still paved with cobblestone streets and remnants of an old Roman wall make for a charming place to visit. You can find anything from furniture to old wine keys, seltzer bottles, and collectibles. Europe has amazing flea markets. Before you travel check out the local tourism board to see when and where to find their local flea market.
When it comes to shopping I take a few things into consideration:
*Do I absolutely love it?
*Is it unique?
*Does it spark joy?
*Is it worth the cost?
*Where will I put it?
*How do I get it home?
I have yet to regret bringing home a wonderful little gem that has been placed in my home and offers me joy daily. Next time you travel I encourage you to find a token that transports you back to that wonderful destination and evokes fond memories.