a must see in atlanta…

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kudzu antique market in decatur is a destination you don’t want to miss if you visit atlanta…
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the selection of home goods, clothing, accessories, & everything in between is always unique & in perfect condition. the merchandise is set up in little vignettes throughout the warehouse, which is a really enjoyable way to peruse the array of interesting items.
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for some reason i found the room filled with salt & pepper shakers to be oddly inspirational—i must’ve spent a good half hour exploring all the many kinds of shakers one could have…

virginia highlands

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winter wren is a young, boho-esque boutique in the ritzy area of virginia highlands. they carry well-known brands such as free people, badgely mischka, & michael kors the denim collection especially caught my attention with great labels such as 7 for all Mankind, & most of the jewelry is selected from local atlanta designers.

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310 rosemont has the same owner, winter hodges, as winter wren, but this boutique is much more upscale & exclusive (they were actually serving champagne when i walked in!) some of their labels include marc jacobs, elizabeth & james, vince, haute hippie, shoes by stuart weitzman, alice & olivia & frye, & jeans by hudson & true religion. i like that they had menswear as well. southern tide, gitman bros, southern proper, ralph lauren & peter millar shoes made a very nice collection for a dapper young gentleman.

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this store has everything. period.

fave atlanta thrifts: little 5 points

little 5 points is my favorite neighborhood in atlanta. its colorful character never disappoints–& you won’t leave without seeing at least a dozen skull tattoos, shouting vagabonds, and rock n’ roll restaurants.
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rag-o-rama is your typical buy, sell, trade thrift store, but the buyers working this place really know how to pick some good digs. i am never disappointed with the variety and condition of the clothing & accessories here

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junkman’s daughter is more than a thrift store–in fact, the used clothing only takes up a small corner in the back. junkman’s daughter is referred to as an ‘alternative superstore’: people come here to spend hours perusing all the crazy gifts, vibrant new clothing (nothing comes without neon or holograms), and quirky items the store has to sell.

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the clothing warehouse is my favorite thrift store in atlanta. it has everything a thrift store needs: good selection, reasonable prices, no odd smells, well-organized (color coordinated a plus), & friendly, eccentric sales folk. the bonus of this particular store is that its located right next to little five points pizza: one of the best slices in the south…

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even though wish isn’t a thrift store, its a must-stop in little 5 points. this boutique has really hip digs from joy rich, en noir, zanerobe, play by come de garçons, & they also carry herschel bags & really unique sneakers from well-known brands such as nike & puma.

a unique boutique in minneapolis

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patina has to be one of the best local shops in minnesota. this sightly store was founded in 1993 & now has 6 locations throughout the twin cities…

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walking into a patina is like entering a creative, charismatic cavern of wonder & enchantment. one could spend hours enjoying the delightful displays & marvelous merchandising.

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they sell accessories, home goods, beauty products, & more—the majority of which are created by local artists & designers.

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i know i can always count on patina to find a truly original gift (& i usually end up with something exceptional for myself as well…)

my fave boutiques in madrid

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nac, located in the cosmopolitan & stylish chueca neighborhood of madrid. high-end labels, impeccable merchandising…& free coffee (if you intend on purchasing, of course).

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i loved the lower level of this boutique–it reminded me of an ancient taverna.

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it was very hard to walk away from these shoes.

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la intrusa showroom in tribunal has incredibly unique blouses, girly dresses, & fabulous handmade jewelry from local artists in madrid. i wanted anything & everything. located right next to the tribunal metro stop, this was my favorite boutique in all madrid. the whole experience was refreshing & highly influential.

que tal, checua?

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pez. one of my faves. it reminds me of penelope’s in chicago, but with a certain sophistication that only europe can emanate…

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each piece is unique & very well made. labels include vanesa lorenzo & masscob. downstairs they sell home goods so beautiful & rustic that you may feel compelled to move to a spanish farmhouse owned by wealthy, wine-making artists…i know i did.

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this foxy boutique had glitz, glam, french designers, & killer sales. labels included eyedoll, ella luna, supertrash, & ambre babzoe

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when i walked into do design, i didn’t want to leave. the boutique is so aesthetically pleasing that you may want to move in…

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chueca also had a nice handful of vernal, feminine boutiques at a lower price point–this particular one smelled like a vanilla cupcake!

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need a pick-me-up while perusing the posh places chueca has to offer? stop by mama framboise, arguably the best pasteleria in all of spain…

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husband & i shared a chocolate eclair & caramel cake–& washed each blissful bite down with their heavenly espresso

shopping! madrid!

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the corner is located in a really chill area of the hip & scholarly huertas neighborhood & has equally chill digs.

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the only shop worth noting on fuencarral–a touristy shopping street that has given birth to a popular shopping area: el mercado de fuencarral. la calle de fuencarral–located between the happenin’ tribunal neighborhood & the gran via, the busiest street in madrid,–is replete with chain stores (zara, springfield, top shop) & discount shops.
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this shop may be the best place in madrid to get that original gift for the person whom you always struggle to find something for–plus you’ll have a lot of fun poking around. located on calle manuela malasana–the main drag of the young, hip, & party-hoppin’ tribunal/malasana neighborhood.

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in madrid on a sunday? you better hit up el rastro! madrid’s largest flea market is located in la latina, the bohemian & stylish neighborhood.

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beware! it can get really crowded, but the people-watching, rare finds, & free entertainment from talented street musicians makes all the elbowing & toe-stepping entirely worth it.