How To: Shop the Globe without Going Far

By now, you've probably heard about the Sundance channel's new show, Man Shops Globe, with Anthropologie's Keith Johnson, whose fantasy job sends him around the world in search of unique objects. Although most of us will never rack up as many frequent flier miles as him, we can enjoy our own brand of global shopping without all the travel...

  • Many cities have pocket neighborhoods that feel as if they've been transplanted from overseas. In Chicago, for instance, you can find gorgeous Indian fabrics on Devon Avenue, colorful accent pieces in Chinatown, and Swedish goods on the North Side.
  • Fair trade and ethically sourced stores are designed so that a percentage of sales goes directly to the artisans who created the product. A few we've profiled on Apartment Therapy include Ten Thousand Villages (with locations across the country), the Pillows Dream Project, World-Shoppe in Chicago, and eBay's World of Good.
  • Antique shops, craigslist, and even thrift stores are great places to search for second-hand finds from across the globe. The hunt can provide the same type of thrill you get from finding a one-of-a-kind piece in a foreign country.
  • The beauty of the Internet is that it allows you to see places you may never have the chance to physically visit. Search the web for design ideas from far-flung countries. For starters, here are a few links from Apartment Therapy:

  • Inside 10 Parisian Homes
    Inside 5 Danish Homes
    Inside and Outside 10 South African Homes


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Design Ideas from Around the World
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Holly and Sean's Global Style

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