Theme song for this post:
Cliche? Don’t care. I’m all aboard the Macklemore train.
Two blocks away is a store where we’ve spent the least amount of money for the greatest return.
In Sweden, it’s called a loppis – thrift store – and it’s stocked with people’s household cast-offs.
Obviously Swedes have awesome “cast-offs” and their trash is certainly treasure. Plus, it’s all resold for cheap prices. I’m told there are places outside of the center of town that sell stuff for even cheaper (cannot compute). Looking for some awesome mid-century Scandinavian furniture? You’ll score. How about some awesome candle holders? Yep. Cast iron? Yes sir. Plus, like anything else you could possibly think of.
Myrorna is the store chain that I’m talking about today, and the one that’s dangerously close to our apartment. Their selection constantly rotates, so you’re sure to find something good almost every time you go in. During holidays they also put out any seasonal goods they have. Us Americans seem to have a love-love relationship with shopping here. I go with Matt or a friend at least once a week.
Well, the goodies we’ve found over the past year are too fun to NOT talk about, so I may just start a regular quick post about my finds. Since I’ve got a big old belly between me and the computer, though, I’ll want to share our baby-related finds now. This also piggybacks off the Sven’s List post as one of the ways we’ve saved some money on stocking up for baby.
One of those times that I went with our neighbor and friend, I spotted a cheap wooden high chair. It looked sturdy and the price was good, so I convinced Matt to go back with me to take a look. Nothing fancy, but good quality wood and a wide base, simple and easy.
As I took him over to the children’s section to point it out, he stopped me and said, “Hey, isn’t that the high chair that you were looking at before?” I looked back in this dusty, dark corner and couldn’t believe what I found. A Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair in perfect condition.
I only recently learned of the Stokke high chair since being in Sweden. Probably because we didn’t know anyone with kids and money, we just knew people with kids or money. Because people in their 20’s in suburban Virginia don’t have both. If you don’t know about this wooden contraption, it’s basically *the* hottest baby/child/adult chair on the planet. By hottest, I mean trendiest, since it’s Scandinavian, wooden, and built to last forever because it “grows with the child”. Bloggers love it, I’m finding.
It also costs somewhere in the range of $200-$300. Isn’t that a precious number for a high chair that’s going to get snot-green baby food launched at, and stuck to, it? Straight up: chair + accessories=bankruptcy. Of course…I wanted the chair, because I’m an irrational first-time mamma and I love all things Scandi-design, but mostly because if you tell me something is an investment I’ll consider it a worthy purchase. Since it’s a Swedish-made chair, of good quality, that could last forever, I wanted it. I wanted it and not the plastic Ikea one. So there.
But in my rational mind, there was no damn way we were paying that much for a freaking high chair. Hence why I was looking for something else at the loppis.
But, then, when you see a pristine Stokke Tripp Trapp at the loppis for a mere 400:- ($60) you grab it and haul it all over the store with you for the rest of the trip. Then you buy it, bring it home all happy, and then realize…you still spent WHAT on a HIGH-CHAIR?! And now you have to get all the acce$$orie$ for it if you ever want the baby to use it. Oops.
But, Matt was there, he pointed it out, he hauled it around, and paid for it, and brought it home. So I take no responsibility for us spending that money on it.
This specific loppis visit also included another gem for a mere (and more reasonable) 100:- ($15). We found a clean, plush, comfortable fåtölj, or armchair. It looks like an Ikea Poang chair, but wider and with a comfier linen cushion. I have no idea who makes it, but it’s big enough for a 6’6” man to sit comfortably in with a baby, and for $15 it was like finding gold.
For another $15 total, Matthew found and bought a Danish cast iron skillet and a medieval meat grinder by Husqvarna that I’m quite certain Vikings once used to not only process meat but also to kill enemies with.
So there we were…two big Americans walking through town with our armchair, designer Stokke high chair, and Viking-grade meat grinder/weapon of death…
Other things that I’ve picked up for baby there include tons of clothing for the growing child, some baby/toddler books in Swedish (honestly, this is just reading for me since I’m at that level), and a little candle holder that looks like frosted glass until you light a tea-light in there, then it glows blue with giraffes!
This candle holder, of course, goes along with one of my first loppis finds: two frosted glass/black/skull candle lights…
Since everything for babies is expensive, especially in Sweden, I also am taking it upon myself to make what I can with my nifty new little sewing machine. This would include a boppy pillow cover (we bought just the pillow from amazon.de). Since I didn’t want to totally screw up on my first try at making this cover with expensive, new fabric, I bought a duvet cover at the loppis for 25:- ($4) and practiced with that.
I love the loppis. Honestly. I could play around looking at the awesome, old, unique, pretty, ugly, and amazing Swedish stuff all day, every day. I’m so happy to be able to get some used baby goods there, of great quality, because – as I’ve said before – things ain’t cheap here.
And, in all seriousness, I have three words for you:
Husqvarna. Meat. Grinder.
You know you want one.