My motto lately has been "you only Italy once," even if that may not be true. We're wrapping up our time here in Vicenza, and I want to take back a piece of Italy with me — or 500. So, I've been on the antique market war path to try and find beautiful, unique, I-can-only-get-this-in-Italy items to take back to America with us. Does our checkbook care? Yeah, we're ignoring that. Do people still say the word checkbook? Ignoring that, too.
I've hoarded my list of antique stores the entire time I've lived here, compiling recommendations from friends who love the thrill of the find as much as I do. I haven't shared it publicly because I've noticed a bit that Americans aren't great at haggling, and will kind of pay whatever for anything. And of course, it's capitalism baby — things are worth what you'll pay for them! But prices tend to go up at places that Americans make popular, which is kind of a bummer. So, to protect my own wallet, I hid my list and only shared it with close friends. But, we're on our way out now, so, allora! Here you all go! Spend away and happy thrifting!