I came across Bellalulu Vintage while looking for items for my Happy Birthday to myself treasury back in March. This shop is so cute, full of great thrift finds, and beautifully staged, that I keep returning to it for inspiration.

Vintage Wooden Crate The Book of Knowledge by bellalulu on Etsy. When I was little, I was pretty into encyclopedias — I think I really needed the invention of Wikipedia –and my family had a set of The Book of Knowledge. In addition to this being a more unique crate than most of the thrift ones you find for sodas or produce, I’d like to add that little hat tip to something I enjoyed as a child in my home.

Vintage Fencing Mask by bellalulu on Etsy. I think fencing is a really fascinating sport. I’ve been interested in it since I first read Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden in middle or high school and the couple meets for the first time at the armor section at the Met in New York (or maybe it was when I watched Lost and Delirious for the first time. Either way, I highly romanticize fencing as I associate it with some of my favorite bittersweet love stories. ) I’m off track now, right? Okay. Well. Fencing. It’s interesting, and this fencing mask would make great decor. I imagine it would be a bear to dust though, so maybe  stock up on some compressed air!

Vintage Letter M Flag by bellalulu on Etsy. If the $40+ price tags of the last two items scare you off, have no fear. There are plenty of sweet little finds for under $20, like this vintage letter M flag.

It’s a cute shop and — since branding has been on our minds a lot lately with my blip in the last Friday Reader Roundup and Mary’s post yesterday — I’ll note that it really nails the branding.

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I love Etsy for all its beautiful, handmade, and vintage products but also for the super odd items. Art Akimbo features some stellar, well-made art albeit all a bit, um, odd. I love a room that’s so well designed but it has something in it just a little off or different. These aren’t necessarily for me, but they might strike your fancy.

“The Dawn of Bacon” by Art Akimbo

Nose Eyeglass Stand with Keyholder

Rubber Lips (Totally weird but I’m unexplainably drawn to them)

And their biggest item is this huge ass wall tentacle. Isn’t this odd? But also kinda cool. It’s also a tiny bit creepy and it’ll set you back $2300. Too interesting not to share.

I hope you enjoyed my odd finds from Etsy. I liked searching for these so maybe I should search for more Etsy oddities!

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I discovered The Barnyard, a shop by Sarasark on Etsy, last week and I’m so impressed by how lifelike and unique her needle-felted animals are. They’re very elegant but would add a natural (and, admittedly, adorable) element to your home decor!

For holiday decor, a Brown or white nativity camel or felted Santa complement several decorative styles.

The Barnyard has a variety of animals that would look cozy all winter long …

from the austere Needle Felted Moose or Snowshoe Hare …

… to the playful Hedgehog Fret Freind or the Needle Felted Squirrel.

Obviously, Sara puts a lot of work into creating these high-quality and imaginative felted creatures so, understandably, they’re a high-budget splurge. But they are really so beautiful! I might have to save up to give one a home next winter.

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