Every fall, I choose a weekend day (or two!) and pile myself into my car and trek out to Manotick Station to check out Third World Bazaar. Okay, so driving out to Manotick Station is hardly a trek, but it's kind of in the middle of nowhere and it's usually very chilly at this time of year, so it feels like quite the journey. But, I managed to make it out twice this year. I've been going for years, and I always manage to find some unique and interesting things to bring home with me. This year was no different; I got my hands on some really cool stuff!
Third World Bazaar is a family-run business that purchases goods directly from producers in developing countries, ships them back to Canada, and sells them in a drafty barn in Manotick Station. The fact that they do all the buying, importing, and selling themselves makes their prices incredibly reasonable, which is the main reason I keep going back! Everything is displayed in a really interesting way, sorted by country and style, and there's a huge variety in terms of items; you can buy enormous pieces of furniture, persian rugs, dishes, drums, clothing, and jewelry, just to name a few things off the top of my head.
On my first of two trips, my theme was "bowls" in a big way. I'm very clutter-messy, so I'm always drawn to things I can put other things in. I also have a serious thing for hammered metal, so the bowl on the left, from India, was a no-brainer. It's currently on my vanity, home to my "everyday essentials". The two smaller bowls are absolutely fascinating - they are from Vietnam, and are an iridescent eggshell lacquer on brown bamboo. They are completely round on the bottom, like one half of a coconut, and add a really interesting element to my room and closet decor. The bigger bowl in the back is from Bali, and I purchased a small dish in the same pattern in red last year, so it's almost like a little set.
On my next trip, I was on a bit of a mission - I had been looking for something unique I could use to hold makeup brushes, as my vanity had become a little bit overtaken by mason jars. I found something very interesting from Mexico that fits the bill pretty well. It's technically labelled as a candle holder, but it works very well with brushes too! I wouldn't mind getting a small lazy-susan for easier access to all of the holes, but I've been managing fine without one! It doesn't fit all of my brushes, but my most-used all fit perfectly. I continued my clutter-messy trend and bought a small metal dish from India. I have yet to decide what to do with this one, but it's a lovely shape and has a nice weight to it, so I doubt I'll have much trouble finding a spot for it! I also bought a super cozy alpaca blanket from Ecuador. The pinkish red goes well with my bedspread and it's SO warm I just want to hibernate in it!
So, that's this year's Third World Bazaar haul. I did incredibly well, if I do say so myself. I can't wait to incorporate all of these goodies into my decor. My room is already packed with purchases from previous years, but there's always space for more!