My favorite tchotchkes

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They’re gaudy, loud, and so so wrong– but you love them anyway! That’s how I feel about the various baubles and tchotchkes that find their way into my home. Of course you shouldn’t have too many of them (not on display anyway), but a few ugly, lovable trolls should always lurk about.

The rule of thumb that I follow for my, well, let’s call them “ornamental doodads,” is to treat them like pops of color– just a couple in each room go a long long way (NO CURIO CABINETS EVERRRR). So, without further ado, here are my favorite pieces of crap (the good kind of crap) that have squatter’s rights in my house:

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Oh man, I love dinosaurs, but this thing (which doubles as a candle holder) is just so wrong. You might think that this was hanging out in a child’s room, but no! It’s holding down the fort in my living room. I love it, and it goes well with my dinosaur shirts! Remember that this is a judgement free zone.

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This thing– ohsweetjesus– look at it! ITS A CHRISTMAS THEMED BAKING DISH. Who would ever need to use this monstrosity? No one! That’s who. Nevertheless, it’s a new find (from Antrhopologie) that has worked its way into my heart. So much so, in fact, that I proudly display it in my kitchen even though we’re a month past the holidays. I just want to give it a hug, it’s so ugly and weird.

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I have a thing for owls. They’re stealthy, majestic, and just plain weird-looking. They can turn their heads almost all the way around, like Linda Blair on crack! It’s so disgusting! I love them! And need them all over my house. This owl, which works as a clown apparently, was a clearance item I could not resist. It makes its home in my favorite room, proudly taunting me as it bakes in the sunlight.

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Look at these little jerks– all the way from Europe– just chilling on my buffet. They’re so tiny and fragile! And they fall-over all the time! I’m half tempted to leave them that way, but no, I always spend the requisite 4 minutes lifting them up into their proper positions. But, hey, my husband loves them, so there they stay, reminding me that I’m not as fancy as I think I am. And that’s a good thing.

So what are your favorite pieces of crap/tchotchkes/knick-knacks/baubles/doohickies? And, remember, I’m not here to judge or ridicule… unless it’s really ugly… then, this might be an intervention.

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