Lise Harwin
Sep 17, 2008
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Whether you're mad for Mikasa or flip for Fire King, we suspect you'll fall head over heels for designlabshop, a new home for retro housewares online.

Sure, you could spend hours thrifting similar finds, but sometimes the hunt isn't worth the pennies saved. Instead, this e-retailer (there's a brick-and-mortar version in Seattle) is filled with "unique vintage and retro items selected for their great colors, beautiful lines, fun graphics and genuine character."

Owner Cara Piscitello, who operates an architecture and design studio, does have an eye for fun finds -- from mod black and white footed floral mugs to a set of simple teak napkin rings. Fans of faux bois will also love the portafile and metal box, guaranteed to add a woodsy touch to a workspace.

Prices generally hover around $30, though some single items come in closer to $14. The real question is... just how much is your time worth?

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