Really BIG Souvenirs: Treasures for Home from Travel

Really BIG Souvenirs: Treasures for Home from Travel

Janel Laban
Jul 6, 2010

My family just spent the long weekend in Door County, Wisconsin. Sunny, warm weather combined with a huge state park filled with bike trails (and a beach as a destination to cool off after biking) made for a perfect weekend of outdoor activity…and the Mini-Golf, Drive-In Theater and fireworks outings were pretty idyllic in that wonderful back-in-time "what decade is it?" way.

But for me (and happily, my husband and son, too), one of the highlights of any trip outside the city is the time spent digging through the antique malls, looking for treasures. This time we hit it big, crossing a big item of of our list of things needed for the new apartment: a room sized rug.

We couldn't believe it when we ran across a vintage 18x12 rug in the exact colors that we were hoping to find - a dark pinky raspberry red with navy. It is old enough (circa 1920) to show its age and wear (which we like) but in good shape (no stains or holes). The price was amazing and it fits the room perfectly, like we ordered it instead of stumbling upon it.

Getting a HUGE rug home hundreds of miles (in the rain) when you drive a Mini isn't exactly recommended as a fun vacation activity, but thanks to a tarp, some strong rope and the always good to have on hand, bungee cords, we made it in one piece. (We folded up, instead of rolled, wrapped in a tarp and tied to the roof).

We tried it out to make sure it fits, took a few pics and then rolled it up to go to the rug cleaner (btw, anyone have any good recommendations for Chicago rug cleaners?). We can't wait to get it back and start enjoying it - and thanks to the rug, we'll always remember our 4th of July weekend in Fish Creek!

What is the biggest souvenir you've ever brought home from a trip?

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Image: Janel Laban

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