treasure hunting: the bomb shelter

hope you all have had a very nice and relaxing easter weekend! i went to visit my parents in cleveland, which is always nice because i feel like i only ever see them every other month or so. whenever i’m home i always try to squeeze in a trip to the bomb shelter with my sisters. the bomb shelter is this ah-mazing vintage store that sells everything and anything from army surplus to clothes to furniture to books and housewares. it’s an absolute treasure trove. i haven’t encountered too many of places like that around akron so it’s truly a gem.

i really wished i had snapped more pictures while i was there but my sis and i were having so much looting through stuff i kind of forgot! but


i was so in love with these rattan barstools. they were in crazy good condition and i was racking my brain for a good use for them. but since i have no real use for them right now i had to pass by these puppies.


they sell a lot of military stuff here, which i find to be equal parts eerie but also really cool. i ended up pulling the trigger (pun intended ha) on the top one. steve’s been talking about wanting an authentic military trunk for the base of his bed and with his birthday coming up AND with a price tag of $39 (!!) i couldn’t say no. i think he’ll love it


the first painting i ever bought was a paint by numbers beach scene from the 50’s (shown here by my sewing desk) and i am still absolutely in love with it; the colors, style, everything. well, this weekend i saw this paint-by-numbers painting of a japanese water scene. i just love the composition of the boat, with the pagodas and mountain in the distance. and yes, that price tag reads $14…SOLD!

for those who may not know what paint-by-numbers means, and i didn’t at first either, but it means what it sounds. it’s a kit where light blue or grey lines indicate the areas to paint, and each numbered area corresponds with a specific color of paint. the kits were originally invented, developed and marketed in 1950 by max s. klein, who was an engineer and owner of palmer paint company in detroit, along with dan robbins, a commercial artist. you can find out more info here. although the name might make you think of children’s coloring books, i think the original 50’s style have more complex compositions and the colors definitely follow a scheme evocative of mid-century.


those peacock chairs were really getting me into some california dreamin’


not sure if you caught on to the theme of my photos – and i swear it’s a total coincidence! – but i was drawn to every seventies trends i saw! ha! this tablescape especially really caught my eye with the color scheme and textures. they have a great collection of different kinds of housewares there, and some tables have ‘themes’ of sorts associated with them. they even have vintage appliances there. it’s quite neat!

if you’re ever in the area i highly suggest checking it out, i bet you walk away with something!

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