The buzz about whether Urban Outfitters allegedly makes a habit of stealing artisans’ work has been roaring recently. I recently unearthed one more reason to look elsewhere for my eclectic goods: Cheap wall coverings available for $4 at local paper stores, which cost six times as much at Urban Outfitters!
A year ago, I discovered the huge money saver of buying vintage imagery gift wrap to use as wall art. Last May, I blogged about some of sheets I bought Scaredy Kat, a local Park Slope store, and at the chain Kate’s Paperie, mostly from a line called Cavallini. I found beautiful textbook and vintage anatomy prints for about $4 each. Add a $5 Ikea frame and you have a lovely piece of ready-to-hang art for less than $10.
About two months ago, I was in Urban Outfitters and saw several of my favorite images for sale as “posters” in the home section. For the same piece of gift wrap, with the addition of a slab of cardboard and shrinkwrap, Urban Outfitters is selling sheets like the “A Picture of Good Health” Phrenology poster for $24. The same sheet at Scaredy Kat is $3.75.
When I stopped into Scaredy Kat this past weekend, I almost expected the prices to have increased dramatically. Owners Damon and Nora were not aware Urban Outfitters was selling the wrap at a huge markup. Their extensive stock of Cavillini gift wrap remains at the reasonable price of $3.75 per sheet. (My “Les Champignons” mushroom specimen “poster” is also available for the same price, as opposed to $24 at UO).
If you aren’t near Park Slope, Cavallini directs you to an online site that sells the sheets for just a bit more ($4.50 each plus shipping).
Do you have a favorite store in Brooklyn that sells Cavillini wrap? Let me know!
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