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Photo Tour: Craftland in Providence, RI

I've been spending a good chunk of my summer up in New England, my second home [well, third if you count New York separately- it is part of the tri-state area and is probably considered the mid Atlantic...I'm not good with maps...]. One day, I spent a few hours wandering around Providence, snapping photos of this pretty little city.  I stumbled upon Westminster Street, right in the heart of Downtown Providence, and found all kinds of cute shops, including this gem, CRAFTLAND

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Okay, so the name is maybe not what I would have chosen, since every time I mention it, I imagine people assuming I'm one of those ladies who's SUPER into crafting and scrapbooking and...well I'm not. [or at least I wish I had the patience for it, because I actually do find it quite fun, but I think it's for the best I don't go down that rabbit hole...]

Craftland is not a Hobby Lobby, Michael's, or even Paper Source [yes, that store is 20-30something ladycrack, let's be real...]. Craftland is rather, the finished products of artists and crafty folk. [many pieces are made by local artists, or RISD students!] A lot of what's sold is paper based [posters, cards, prints, and other paper like items], but the collection of work is really quite something.

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I've always been a big fan of silkscreen and lithograph prints, so this place felt just like home.  I usually collect band posters, but everything I found here harkened back to that same style. 

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The colors and drawings in some of them were unbelievably unique and almost retro in style. In other news, still not sure why I didn't buy the Pepto Bismol Brontosaurus [sorry friends, but it seems that at some point everyone learned that Bronty never existed. I guess I'm just behind the curve with my dino knowledge]. I may need to start carving out the backs of my old 80s toys and turning them terrariums. [style trend 2015 anyone?!]

I could continue commenting on each and every piece I loved in this store, but I think the photos speak volumes.  So continue onto the Tour de Craftland, and if you're ever in Providence, do check them out! PS- HAPPY FRIDAY!! -Jo

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