Hello everyone! I LOVE second-hand shops; this is no secret. I have a mental map of stores who have yeilded decor GOLD, and other locations who have always left me empty handed (but I repeatedly return because I am an eternal optimist). There is one particular store which happened to provide a full set of LeCrueset cookware AND a classic white Kitchenaide mixer (with accessories), all for the whopping price of $70. This little shop has since then gone through several sets of new owners, but its proximity to the beautiful downtown retailers and Historic district keep me coming back!
I am glad I keep visiting because my most recent find from this shop is a large pair of white Foo Dogs! I stopped in my tracks and snatched them up...maybe before I put my car in park!
...and no, your eyes are not deceiving you; these cuties were $5!!!!! They now reside on my entry table, until inspiration hits and they move around my home to a new locale.
My love for the Foo is relatively new! Being that my degree is in Anthropology, I wanted to learn more about the history of these cultural beauties and how they became so popular in decor worldwide. Houzz.com has a wonderful article with a brief introduction to the history of the Foo Dogs. "7 Things to Know About Foo Dogs" by Lara Gaskill is a quick read and gives interesting overview to the story and use of Foo Dogs.
Some of the highlights: 1. Foo's go by many names. Chinese guardian lions (which they actually are!), guardian dogs, or stone temple dogs. 2. Foo's were originally outside dogs...or lions rather. These sculptures were much larger in scale and would serve as signifiers of important homes. 3. Foo's mate for life. They were originally part of a pair: a male and female. The female symbolizing yin/the home's inhabitants; and the male symbolizing yang/the home itself. Feng Shui placement of the Dogs is female on the left and male on the right!
Here are some photos of Foo's in action...
GORGEOUS! This is a Lisa Mende Design, and the photo was via TheChinoiseriecollective Instagram.
This beautiful picture was found via Pinterest and is featured on beeorganisee.com
1. Joss and Main ; 2. One Kings Lane ; 3. Joss and Main ; 4. Joss and Main
Thanks for reading! Stay warm tonight, and sleep easy...I know I will with these two new guard lions on duty.