Window Shopping: Around The World (Market)

We’re doing our best to keep our word to those who have requested more window shopping posts, so we decided to keep the fun going by hitting up World Market (and taking you with us). For those who remember these things, we just stroll around a store (we’ve done big chains, small local shops, and even random little stores that we find while road-tripping) and take photos of all of the things we love. Not for compensation or anything – these sprees are just for fun. So let’s all go skipping through World Market together, shall we?

First there were the pretty drinking glasses that were the reason for our visit (we got a few green and blue ones a few years back, but realized we didn’t have enough to fully set the table for bigger gatherings, so we grabbed three more green ones and three more blue ones).

At $2.99 a pop they rival some pricier versions we’ve seen at Sur La Table and Anthropologie, and we love that they come in four colors (blue, green, purple, and clear).

These nested dishes were $7.99 for the set of three, and I loved how they looked like they went together but weren’t completely matchy-matchy. They would look so pretty with little snacks like candy and nuts set out on a table (and could make a really sweet hostess gift).

These pretty butterfly bowls didn’t feel too saccharine (no glitter or bubble gum pink) so they were sort of sciene-y and cool. I thought a bunch of them would have looked sweet stacked on our open shelves, but I somehow resisted.

There were also these awesome colorful bowls that once again went together without feeling too matchy. Instead of buying all turquoise or all yellow I think it would be fun to get a few different colors and stack them on an open shelf or in a glass fronted cabinet – like the stack on the right of this pic:

But somehow I left the store without them. Might have to go back. Haha.

There were also butterfly mugs as well as pretty ceramic coffee cups with those handy rubber lids and bands that can be reused again and again. I also thought one of these could make a sweet gift for a coffee drinker.

These $14.99 tea kettles were fun and colorful too:

I thought these $9.99 cast iron trivets were really intricate looking and I loved the bold colors.  Not only could they protect counters or tables from hot dishes, but they’d also look really cool hanging in a grouping on a kitchen wall (you know, like how you might hang a group of plates for some graphic interest).

I was straight up charmed by this $9.99 ceramic container. Isn’t it retro and sweet? Might be great on a counter for holding anything from cookies to flour.

This $29.99 compost container was also pretty old-school sweet. We just use a white bowl for our scraps between trips out to the compost bin in our yard, but a charcoal filter would definitely be an upgrade.

These magnetic spice containers were fun, especially the turquoise one in the middle of the stainless steel cluster.

While this isn’t exactly decor-related, this Orange Blossom cream soda had our mouths watering. And if you were hosting something at your place or attending a little get-together, it might be a fun thing to pick up just because they feel special and less common than a six-pack of Coke. Update: Just learned this stuff’s alcoholic (we assumed it was like how birch beer is really soda). Still sounds delicious though!

These worldly turquoise and royal blue bathroom vessels (the thing on the left is a soap dish and the thing on the right could be for cotton balls or q-tips) were really pretty and I think the price was good (forgot to take a picture to capture it, boo!).

This funny little whale soap dish was $6.99, and I thought it could add some nice whimsy to a serious bathroom (maybe something with navy walls and a bit of a grown-up nautical theme, just to show people that you don’t take yourself too seriously).

These grilling planks are meant for… grilling. But they could be fun to use in a bathroom with a glass dome over them to create a little cloche – or even just as a place to put soaps and stuff for a natural look by the sink. Sort of like the soap display in this post.

These $3.99 glass knobs would look really pretty as the new hardware in a bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room (we actually used something similar in our laundry room last year).

This giraffe hook was $9.99 and I loved the bright color. Wouldn’t he be cute in a kid’s room or a mudroom for backpacks and jackets?

This sparked a little DIY idea so I thought I’d share the pic. If you have a frame that you could paint and then remove the glass, you could then add some burlap and a few hooks that you could twist into the frame backing to hold your jewelry. I especially loved how ornate the frames were and how simple the small hooks were (which could probably be found at a craft store).

These pretty open weave baskets caught my eye as a great place for anything from kids toys to books or magazines next to the sofa. They weren’t cheap (I think the biggest one was $34) but they seem like one of those things where you’d buy them and use them for years and really love that they’re a little more special than a plain old neutral-toned basket.

This tin pendant was $69.99 and I loved the bronze exterior with the happy turquoise interior – and all the little cutouts looked like they’d toss such pretty shadows around a room. I also thought it could spark a fun DIY idea (if you already have a pendant, you could paint the inside or outside of the metal with a bright color to punch things up). Just be sure the bulb doesn’t touch the paint (it shouldn’t ever do that anyway) and that the heat from the light has enough room to escape to keep the lamp from getting too hot (again, it should be made so there’s not a worry about this).

The winner for the item I was most in love with was this guy (so of course I got home and realized this picture was blurry- figures!). I was head over heels in love with this red, blue, white, and brown curtain panel. Perhaps because we’re loving our red patio chairs with our blue hydrangeas these days?

They also had them in an ochre, gray, charcoal, and white color scheme, which are also really cool.

Speaking of colors, their collection of bold storage baskets in nearly every color of the rainbow is always fun to stare at. I like to stand there and think “someday my linen closet will be full of these guys.” Someday…

Oh and although it’s going to be a while until Clara’s third birthday, these fun containers did catch my eye as a cool idea for party favors (you could get them in any color and stuff them with whatever pertains to your party theme). Even using the red ones to wrap small Christmas gifts and lining them up on your mantel or sticking them into a few stockings could be fun.

They even had adirondack chairs (and we all know how we feel about those!). These white and blue ones were a bit smaller than ours, but at $99 each they were priced to move!

So that’s what we found on our whirlwind World Market trip. Have you guys been window-shopping lately? What caught your eye? Any favorites from the items we shared above?

Psst- Once again for the people in the back, we weren’t paid or perked for this post, I just like taking you guys shopping with me. Check out all of our other Window Shopping sprees (both here in Richmond and on the road, in big box stores or small local shops) here.


    • Joanna says

      I was just in there today, and it’s really picked over. Everything says the current discount is the final, and most things are still only 25%. You might be able to find something here or there, but I wouldn’t recommend a special trip.

    • Liz M. says

      it’s only the world market on broadway in chicago that’s closing, the north ave location is staying put!

  1. says

    AHH I want that giraffe!!! The compost container would be nice too! We have a big one in our yard but this would definitely help me not have to make trips all the time.

  2. says

    I think we must have very similar taste, because I’m in love with too many things in this post to list! I’m especially smitten with the tin pendant. Two of these could look really cool over a wine tasting area I’m dreaming up in our sun porch. Thanks!

  3. Brenda says

    I love the purple glasses in the first pic. And that whale soap dish is so fun! I’m a fan of a little bit of random in your space.

  4. Sarah Jessica Farber says

    Why can’t I find those gorgeous curtains online? They are so fun! Wonder how much dinero they will cost me . . .

  5. Jackie says

    Love World Market! Any pricing info on the curtain panels? I think they’d look great in my new apartment!

  6. Elizabeth says

    Love these posts! It’s neat to see how you guys envision using different things around the store! Keep them coming. :)

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