Shop the world

A recent article in Apartment Therapy (great newsletter whether you are an apartment dweller or not) has the Cat’s Out of the Bag: 8 “Secret” Shopping Sources Designers Love, including Cost Plus World Market. Not sure it’s all that secret, seeing as we have one in little ol’ Olympia, but the author’s point that World Market is an underappreciated store is probably valid.

World Market got its start in the 1950s with a San Francisco businessman turned importer who was importing baskets. They later branched out a number of other items including furniture, lighting, rugs, artwork, stationery, food, kitchenware, seasonal items and more.

The Olympia store just moved to a new location so it’s all shiny and new. It also has a better cash register setup than I have seen at other stores where I inevitably pick the wrong line!

If you haven’t tried the shop online and pick up in store, I can recommend it. It does let you think about things in place–especially important when you are looking at lighting, rugs and artwork, making sure that the color and size are just right.

Favorite items: Some of my favorite decorative items came from World Market. We also love the Nyåkers Gingersnaps that were initially a holiday item and then someone realized a good cookie is a necessity throughout the year. Try them with pumpkin dip. You will not be disappointed.

World Market is located in West Olympia at 2401 4th Ave W, Olympia, WA 98502, (360) 890-3820.

Hours: Open 10-9, Monday through Friday, 9-9 on Saturday and 10-7 on Sunday. Always a good idea to call.

Happy eating! Happy decorating!


Today’s weather: Build the ark. Rain, rain and more rain. And gloom galore. Yikes. Turn on the lights and wear bright colors, my friends. Remember those long and dry summer days that are coming our way.

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