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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

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One of the greatest benefits of traveling far and wide is most definitely the treasure hunting. Bringing back trinkets and treasures to remember your trips and vacations is a given, yes? Unless, of course, there are those of you out there who don’t carry home bags of souvenirs to gift and display. (Although I’m not sure I trust you. Just sayin’.) Granted, these days just being able to afford some sort of trip is an adventure in and of itself and sometimes we just aren’t able to leave the confines of our neighborhood, no matter how much we covet tangible treats from far off lands. Well, dear readers, we are here to solve the problem for you.

Lydali is the brainchild of Lydia Harter and Ali Price, friends who joined forces to bring thoughtfully curated goods from across the globe to your waiting hands. Their vision brings one of a kind artisan goods directly to you while connecting you with the creators of your treasures. You can wear your Shimu dress to that late summer barbecue and when someone asks where it came from you can say with certainty: Kenya, thanks for asking. Every item in their shop provides you with the behind the scenes knowledge of each and every item, closing the gap between the beautiful items we are drawn to and the beautiful people who make them. Sometimes all it takes to travel far and wide is an internet connection and a bookmark for Lydali.

Lydali is giving away one Addis Color Wrapped Necklace (in the winner’s choice of green or lavender)  to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question by Wednesday, August 15th. Comments now closed…good luck!
What is the best treasure you have ever brought home from a trip?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, August 20th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Emma says:

    The itty-bitty teamugs I found in a potter’s shop in Eastern Portugal! They are loved by small and big hands alike, never get too hot to touch, keep the tea/chocolate hot for a long time and despite being thrown around like paper airplanes and being dropped more than once, still look brand new, And they have birds painted on them!

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    Erin says:

    My vintage watch that I bought from a street vendor in London! I had been looking for a new watch forever, but didn’t want to spend a lot of money on it and also didn’t want something mainstream that you could find at any department store. The watch I found is about 30 years old and rebanded and refurbished, and the watch seller and I had a long talk in London’s Covent Garderns area about it and watches in general! I wear it everyday, and it’s a great find!

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    heather f says:

    I brought home a rug made from a small women’s co-op. entirely hand made, hand spun, hand dyed and loomed. I bought it directly from the woman who made it and heard her story.

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    Luisa says:

    A tiny antique doll that i purchased with my own money when i was 11 yrs old. I found this gem at an outside flea market in Italy. I still have it to this day.

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    Stacy says:

    A piece of the Berlin Wall that I actually pulled off myself.

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    Erin says:

    I love my tribal masks I brought back from the Caribbean.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    a ring my husband bought for me kin NYC. :)

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    Brittany says:

    a watch i got in florida. its an off brand white and rose gold ‘boyfriend’ style watch and i got it at a cheap store and paid about $6.20 for it. i’ve had dozens of people stop me asking about it, and someone even asked if it was michael kors! i love it!

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    jane says:

    memories by far beat out any souvenir! my fondest memory is of my trip to vancouver from halfway across the world in singapore to meet my grandmother’s lovely cousin and her children (and grandchild!) it’s the furthest i’ve ever travelled and i don’t know if i’ll get to see her again, she’s really old now.

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    Jennifer says:

    a sense of peace and calm that only a week on the beach can bring.

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    Courtney says:

    I brought home a real pearl that I received on a tour of a pearl factory when I was visiting Beijing in 2002. The pearl came from one of the oysters…and while it’s a little misshapen, I know where it came from and remember the moment when it was plucked from the oyster. I’m not into precious stones, etc., but the item always reminds me of that trip.

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    Valerie C. says:

    I found a very old coin in the woods while hiking years ago  :) It’s my good luck charm!

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    Marie says:

    Memories—treasured memories are the best. 

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    Jessica Weipert says:

    I have a snow globe from my honey moon. If my house was on fire and everyone was safe, and I had time to go back for one thing, that snow globe would be it. It sits on my night stand reminding me of how much I love him. 

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    kat says:

    A keyring with a little buddhist bead that an old japanese lady gave me while we were waiting for a train. She offered me sweets while we waited and explained that every year she goes on a pilgrimage to all the temples in Koyasan, Japan and at each one, she buys a little souvenir keyring. I have it to this day!

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    kim gordon says:

    Now you cant laugh…not even a little…But, I spent a month in East Africa.volunteering in various hospitals and remote villages. I paid for the trip myself and really didnt have a huge amount to spend. So for every village I visited, hospital I worked at, and Safari  I went on,  I would pick up a rock ..Yes a rock right off the ground..Those I went with laughed..until the end when I had one of the elders of the Masai Tribe paint on a glass jar for me.Each of my rocks,  all very different from one another in color, and shape..went into the jar and those treasures  proudly still sit on a shelf…I love it!!!

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    Maire K says:

    A beautiful coffee colored bag from Tenerife.

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    Madeline says:

    I have a charm my parent’s bought me on our last family vacation to the beach that I’ve worn every day since. I love it!

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    Ella P. says:

    a weave paper Placemats I got in Baguio, Philippines :D

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    Dana says:

    Each place we visit I bring back a small memento or ornament.   Every year, our family uses these items to decorate our Christmas tree.  The tradition of reminiscing about our adventures is the greatest treasure ever! 

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    Rosy says:

    My husband! We met 6 years ago during an holiday at the seaside in the South of Italy. It was love at first sight :)

  22. 22
    Theresa says:

    Vintage buttons from a shop in PA…

  23. 23
    Amy Grace says:

    A teacup from Great Britain….best trip ever!!

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    AmyB says:

    My son! We “made” him on our trip to New Zealand a couple years ago. He is better than any souvenir you could buy.

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    Stacie says:

    I still love the oval silver mirror I brought home from a mission’s trip in Mexico back in high school. I made the whole bus wait while I picked out just the right one, and had to carry it through the airport because it didn’t fit in my suitcase. I knew one day it would look beautiful in my grown-up home, and now it does!

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    Melanie says:

    A beautiful turquoise and silver ring from a roadside stand in Sedona. Handmade with two perfect pieces of turquoise. Love it!

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    Peyton says:

    I purchased a small (almost ancient. it seems) mummy sarcophagus made from stone, from a peddler in Egypt. I was walking down a crowded dirt road, and behold, we came upon this old wagon-type shop. They were selling handmade beads, some bread, etc. The sarcophagus was actually a small decor in his table, and I loved it so much I bartered until I had it. He said it kept away curses, etc. I have no idea how old it it, but it seems at least 100!

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    Chryselle says:

    From a shop in Granada, Spain, a delicate silver pendant came home with me. In the shape of a flower with a pomegranate at its heart, the intricate silver lines and tangles of the pendant will always remind me of a charming holiday in the beautiful ancient city and flamenco in the caves. 

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    Trisha says:

    Photos. They’re inexpensive, and help to evoke the feelings and memories from trips more than anything else. 

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    Henrietta S says:

    empty purse :)

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    Anne K says:

    A fantastic silver necklace from taxco, mexico!

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    Jac says:

    I just brought back a Dia de los Muertes skull from Mexico City that I’m really stoked about, but my absolute best was when I brought my daughter home from Spain. It just took me a little while to realize I had brought home a stow away in my belly.

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    Anne says:

    My daughter from a wonderful trip to the rocky mountains. Most beautiful place and a most beautiful girl!

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    Lubaska says:

    Friendship with lovely young Russians people – I ve met them in Egypt and I ve already visited them in Moscow after comming back home from egyptian vacation. I expect them to visit me this winter…

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    Alexis S. says:

    My self.  After a six month trip in Europe, I finally found it in me to stop pretending to be someone I’m not and embrace my true self.

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    Karen S says:

    A charm from each of the temples my parents and I visited, when we went on vacation to Japan to see my mother’s family and my birthplace.  It was the first time we had been back to Japan after my birth 30 years earlier.  First time I really saw my mother as a Buddhist, after she went through the process of cleaning her parents’ (family’s) burial markers and then praying.  The charms helps me to remember that moment.  :)

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    Meghan says:

    A hand knit Irish sweater.  It’s classic and perfect in the winter and the cream tone looks good with my freckles.

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    Rebekah says:

    something made by local artisans is my go-to souvenir of choice

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    Nicole H says:

    A peaceful soul.  This life of mine (though I love it) sure brings me stress.  When I come home from a trip with a smile on my face and peaceful heart, I consider it a success.

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    Christina P says:

    Every trip I make, anywhere, I am in search of a penguin. I love to buy unique penguins, especially if special to the local area, like stone or handmade. I collect penguins and I really need to start archiving them so I always remember where they are from! I also collect VWBeetle model cars, I try hard to find Beetles with surf boards on them, I have several!