While I wait impatiently for two weekends of fun in the city (My friends from NYC are visiting this weekend, and my mom, aunt and cousin are in town the next.) and conserve my resources, I’ll show you what I do with my travel mementos.
I usually bring back postcards, posters and a few extra lbs. The pounds remain on display until I adopt my non-vacation eating habits again. (Let’s be real, the gym just ain’t happening.) The posters and postcards usually end up in a closet somewhere.
But nevermore! This weekend I decided to end that streak of buying a poster and having it only see the dark insides of my closet.
After all, in French souvenir means to remember. So dammit, I’m going to remember to display my souvenirs.
I took the subway and then a bus to the nearest Target to purchase some inexpensive, clean-lined black frames to create my very own salon wall with my vacation memories.
Check it out:
Clockwise from the left: Postcard of Tauba Auerbach’s How To Spell The Alphabet from the MoMA in NYC, (OK this one’s not a travel purchase, but it’s a map!) One Kings Lane purchase, poster I picked up in Seattle in 2010, postcard from this summer’s trip to Montreal, vintage sport photo from the Brimfield Antiques Fair.
I have a rather large map of Chicago I purchased last year (while in the Chi) that I really need to bring home with me next time I’m in Arizona.
I also have a wall of faux-vintage travel posters of places I’ve yet to visit, but still dream about, hanging in my kitchen (Faux because they were $20 on art.com, hence, not real vintage.).
I apologize for the horrendous yellow wall: It was not my choice.
Here are some other travel-themed pieces of art I’m thinking of adding to my collection:
Los Angeles Typography Map from FlyingJunction on Etsy.com $20
Traveler Art Print from Earmark on Etsy.com $25
City Coordinates Print from NotOnTheHighStreet.com $37
Scratch Off World Map from NotOnTheHighStreet.com $30
What kinds of souvenirs do you bring back from your vacays?