what i'm watching on ebay: cmielow figurines

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In almost every issue of Elle Decor UK I find a new object of desire, something gorgeous and simple that isn’t sold in stores on this side of the pond. This month, my new obsession is Cmielow porcelain figurines, as seen on page 38 of the August issue. Pronounced “tschmee-loov,” they come from a centuries-old factory in a small town in Poland of the same name. The credit they have listed (twentytwentyone.com — a great site) doesn’t seem to have them posted yet, but a quick seplace told me these elegant creatures are quite common on eBay. I’ve got my eye on this fox, which is one of the items in the magazine. I’ll let you know if I end up bidding on it! — Angela M.

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what i’m watching on ebay: cmielow figurines

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In almost every issue of Elle Decor UK I find a new object of desire, something gorgeous and simple that isn’t sold in stores on this side of the pond. This month, my new obsession is Cmielow porcelain figurines, as seen on page 38 of the August issue. Pronounced “tschmee-loov,” they come from a centuries-old factory in a small town in Poland of the same name. The credit they have listed (twentytwentyone.com — a great site) doesn’t seem to have them posted yet, but a quick seplace told me these elegant creatures are quite common on eBay. I’ve got my eye on this fox, which is one of the items in the magazine. I’ll let you know if I end up bidding on it! — Angela M.

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find of the day: sassy smart matches

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All in all, I’m a fan of Mayor Bloomberg’s stringent no-smoking laws, which seem to be getting tougher all the time. There’s only one causality that I pine for — free matches. Most restaurants don’t even bother to offer them anymore, so forget about trying to collect them as memory tokens. As a result, I’m always scrambling for a light when I want to burn one of my many scented candles (I am currently partial to Calypso’s Marine, $38). So I was especially pleased to stumble upon this hefty box of Smart Women Light The Way matches. I found them at small boutique in Rhinebeck, but they’re also at Bust magazine’s online shop — the boobtique! — for only $3.95. Also available is a whole line of cheeky “smart women” gear, including this fab coffee mug, $11. — Angela M.

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what i'm collecting: niagara souvenirs

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Whenever I browse around flea markets or antique shops, there is one thing on the top of my “seplace” list: souvenirs from Niagara Falls. Though in my youth I couldn’t wait to get out of my hometown, as an adult I revel in its bittersweet nostalgia. As a result, I’m gathering quite a little collection of tchotchkes that includes shot glasses, ashtrays, motion lamps and this adorable porcelain creamer I picked up in Maine over the Fourth of July. I love finding Niagara Falls souvenirs far from home. I even picked up a dish in Copenhagen once. If you want to get a sense of what the city is like, take a look at some of these photos by Alec Soth from his series, Niagara . They do a great job of capturing the town’s romantic melancholy. Is there a place that you collect souvenirs from? I’d love to hear about it. — Angela M

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what i’m collecting: niagara souvenirs

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Whenever I browse around flea markets or antique shops, there is one thing on the top of my “seplace” list: souvenirs from Niagara Falls. Though in my youth I couldn’t wait to get out of my hometown, as an adult I revel in its bittersweet nostalgia. As a result, I’m gathering quite a little collection of tchotchkes that includes shot glasses, ashtrays, motion lamps and this adorable porcelain creamer I picked up in Maine over the Fourth of July. I love finding Niagara Falls souvenirs far from home. I even picked up a dish in Copenhagen once. If you want to get a sense of what the city is like, take a look at some of these photos by Alec Soth from his series, Niagara . They do a great job of capturing the town’s romantic melancholy. Is there a place that you collect souvenirs from? I’d love to hear about it. — Angela M

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