Curiosity Shop: An Interview with the Buyer

It would not be summer at Earthbound without Curiosity Shop! In its 4th incarnation, this summer’s story is catching everyone’s eye as they pass by the store. We sat down once again with home décor buyer Justin to find out what curious happenings have been popping up!

Curiosity Shop

Curiosity Shop

Q: What makes this 4th installment of Curiosity Shop different from previous ones?

A: The core of Curiosity Shop is composed of items that make you want to do a double take. Unique, eclectic, strange are just a few words we have used to describe this story over the years. This year is certainly no different!

With this 4th installment I wanted to bring a color pallet of metallics and blues. I have been obsessed with gold all year and knew I had to bring it to Curiosity Shop. That gold skull is one of my favorite pieces! The choice of bringing in different shades of blue was sparked from the love of the octopus. As a motif the octopus has continued to do well for us so I thought it would be great to see some ocean inspired colors brought in to help round out the story.

There also is a small theme of scale. Taking the same item and doing it in a small size and an extra large size. Science and geometric themes play a role as well. From the Galileo thermometer and Fitzroy Storm Glass barometer to those AWESOME geometric candle holders!  Also check out those globes with the metallic finishes! Very cool!

Finally I was excited to throw some textiles in to the mix this year. We are offering four pillow styles that are super unique and that will add some serious curiosity to any sofa!

Curiosity Shop  Curiosity Shop

Q: How do you decide what theme or color pallet to use with this type of product story?

A: The majority of time it only takes one item to set the wheels in motion. This time the metal octopus candle holder provided a great starting point. The color and the motif was perfect! From there my obsession with gold and anything metallic really got the ball rolling.

Q: Now for the question that is on everyone’s mind. What is NEXT for Curiosity Shop?

A: Hahaha. Hmmm…well for next year’s story we will see Curiosity Shop take a trip with Mother Nature. And that is what I will leave you with! Expect the unexpected!!!

Happy Holi & St. Patrick’s Day!

Today is a day for celebrating. It’s Saint Patrick’s Day AND it’s the Hindu celebration of Holi!

"Towards Faith | Devotion" by J.S. Jaimohan, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

Holi is a spring festival, celebrating the beginning of the new season. It’s also known as the “festival of colors” or the “festival of love”. Primarily observed in India, Nepal and other regions with large Hindu populations, Holi is a bit of a colorful free-for-all. Chasing each other with colorful powder and colored water, anyone is fair game to be covered in colors!

"St. Patrick's Day weekend in Chicago" by Jamie McCaffrey, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early seventeenth century, honoring Ireland’s patron saint. While still a religious holiday today, the day has also become a celebration of Irish culture and heritage. Parades, festivals, wearing the color green, traditional Irish music, and a fair bit of alcohol consumption all play a part in the celebration of this holiday.

What and how are you celebrating today?

Photo Credits:
“Towards Faith | Devotion” ©2011 J.S. Jaimohan, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License
“St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Chicago” ©2013 Jamie McCaffrey, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

Himalayan Salt Stone Shot Glasses

Spice up your next get-together with these extraordinary Himalayan Salt Stone Shot Glasses! They have the finely veined, translucent appearance of rose quartz, but they are actually carved from the highest quality, food grade, Himalayan pink salt. Perfect for tequila, our shot glass will bring a salty twinge to  your taste buds, but with a more nuanced flavor than ordinary table salt. Salt is naturally antibacterial, so these glasses require little maintenance. Also, don’t worry; unlike table salt, these long-lasting mineral salt glasses won’t simply dissolve away after one shot. They’ll bring their unique zest to many a party, making tequila shots easier and even more fun!

Set of 4 Himalayan Salt Stone Shot Glasses from Earthbound

Gemstone Sets

Gemstones are believed to naturally possess their own energy levels, which can be attuned with your own to bring about certain outcomes in your life. We carry gemstone sets that have been selected for relaxation, protection, good luck, wealth, or good dreams. Each set comes with its own velvet pouch. Carry the whole set or different combinations for the outcome you desire. Just $3.95 per gemstone set.

Relaxation Gemstone Set from Earthbound
Relaxation Gemstone Set: Amethyst, Moonstone, Rock Quartz, Rose Quartz & Smoky Quartz

Amethyst quietens the mind and attunes it to a higher level. Moonstone helps calm and balance mood swings. Rock Quartz draws in soothing, healing energy around you. Rose Quartz calms the heart, mind and body. Smoky Quartz helps to draw negative energy away from you.

Protection Gemstone Set from Earthbound
Protection Gemstone Set: Grey Agate, Red Jasper, Lapis Lazuli, Gold Tiger Eye & Amethyst

Grey Agate is a protective stone for everyday stress. Red Jasper is useful for travelling and protects against the dangers of the night. Lapis Lazuli is used to protect against environmental pollution. Gold Tiger Eye protects against evil influences. Amethyst attracts loving energy and protects against stressful job situations.

Wealth Gemstone Set from Earthbound
Wealth Gemstone Set: Gold Tiger Eye, Garnet, Moss Agate, Green Aventurine, & New Jade

Gold Tiger Eye attracts helpful people and material things toward you. Garnet is used for business success. Moss Agate is a stone of wealth, attracting riches and abundance. Green Aventurine is a stone for good luck, and is believed to stimulate money energy. New Jade is for wealth, prosperity, and good fortune.

Dream Gemstone Set from Earthbound
Dream Gemstone Set: Amethyst, Black Tourmaline & Turqurenite

Amethyst brings a calming influence and helps you get better sleep. Black Tourmaline is an excellent absorber of negative energy, and is useful for keeping nightmares at bay. Turqurenite combats insomnia and creates peaceful dreams.

Good Luck Gemstone Set from Earthbound
Good Luck Gemstone Set: Moonstone, Gold Tiger Eye, Black Tourmaline, Turquentine & Green Aventurine

Moonstone is for luck with love. Gold Tiger Eye attracts helpful people and material things toward you. Black Tourmaline is a powerful stone for luck and happiness. Green Aventurine is also associated with luck, and is believed to stimulate money energy. Turquentine is for success and ambition, bringing luck in your career and motivating you to take action.

Please note that the gemstones’ properties are drawn from various references and are given for informative purposes only. This information should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice.

Artist Collection: Canvas Art

We are thrilled to introduce our first Artist Collection of canvas art, featuring Dallas based artist Jermtek, Jeremy Reynolds. Beautifully reproduced on canvas and ready to hang in your home, these pieces feature a variety of media and a distinctive style. Alignment is probably our favorite, with the bold line quality over vibrant dripping colors. Which pieces are you most in love with? This canvas art collection was printed in a limited run and will not be reordered. They’re in stores now, so head in soon to claim yours! Check out the whole collection below.

Roots by Jermtek

Roots by Jermtek – $34.95 (20″ x 24″)

One Line Drawing by Jermtek

Owl by Jermtek

One Line Drawing by Jermtek- $59.95 (24″ x 36″) | Owl by Jermtek- $29.95 (16″ x 18″)

Alignment by Jermtek

Alignment by Jermtek – $79.95 (46.5″ x 31.5″)

Little Red Riding Hood by Jermtek

Disection by Jermtek

Little Red Riding Hood by Jermtek – $19.95 (10″ x 13.5″) | Disection by Jermtek- $29.95 (16″ x 24″)

Le Male & Le Femme by Jermtek

Le Femme and Le Male by Jermtek – $24.95 each (11″ x 17″)

Drawing 26 by Jermtek

Drawing 26 by Jermtek – $49.95 (31.5″ x 23.5″)

Untitled by Jermtek

Untitled by Jermtek – $34.95 (24″ x 20″)

Singing Bowl

Singing Bowl

Singing bowls were originally used by Buddhist monks for meditation and religious ceremonies, and are also now used worldwide for music, relaxation, and personal well-being. Play a singing bowl by striking it or rubbing the wooden mallet along its surface to create a continuous, harmonic sound. Our singing bowl set also comes with a mala for counting mantras, and a plush pillow for the bowl to rest on. [$39.95]

Mighty Wallets!

The Mighty Wallet is made from a single folded sheet of a water-resistant microfiber material. Super strong, super durable, and super thin, this wallet has so many storage areas that expand to fit everything you need to carry! You can feel good about carrying this innovative wallet; it’s recyclable and made from 25% post-consumer material. Also, the designs are ridiculously cool. $14.95 each.

Mighty Wallets

PBJ, Superman, Batman, and Ron English Half Dollar Mighty Wallets.

Mighty Wallets

3 Ring Binder, Music Sheet, Airmail, and NYC Subway Map Mighty Wallets.