Pearl River Mart, NYC
If you're ever in NYC, one place I recommend is Pearl River Mart down in Soho. It's a two-story, no-frills shop full of mostly Chinese (and random Asian things here and there) items for everything you can imagine. My favorite parts are the housewares sections on both levels. It's always changing, always affordable and there are some very interesting things to always be found.
I picked up a few leaf inspired plates the other day. I felt they would be perfect for the new house since I'm surrounded by nothing but trees and greenery.
I found this bamboo storage container in the clearance section in the basement. It was $4.50, plus 40% off. Not bad! It's an actual bamboo pole, cut down, sanded and made into a rustic container. No glues whatsoever! But it is unfinished, so I thought it would be a nice idea to take some leftover stain and give it a honey color finish.
Here's the before and after. I'll use these in the bathrooms to store basic essentials. Again, just a few dollars!
And while I have you here: here's the new (er, old) antique desk I picked up in Lambertville, NJ. It's going in one of the bedrooms and will have a slim computer on top so houseguests can check their email, etc. This was a bit pricier than what I'm buying at flea markets, but it's an investment piece that I am sure I will love.