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Sophie Aschaeur is an eBay Diehard

Sometimes creative spirits like Sophia Aschaeur find their way to New York by themselves. Having moved into the Chelsea Hotel alone years ago, the avid vintage shopper created a collective of friends and found her career path — creating brilliant rugs from recycled marine rope called SerpentSea. I was tickled pink to hear of her love for eBay. Here’s a chat she had with the folks at Refinery29. 

What is your philosophy of buying modern pieces and why aren’t you drawn to buying contemporary designers?

“I think there are two reasons that stem from the whole eBay thing. I can’t afford to go to nice stores and buy designer clothes, but I don’t want to always wear H&M or something. It started from that. It’s some weird addiction I have. I find things so cheap on eBay that nothing else seems reasonable any longer. Am I crazy? Even H&M seems expensive; a nice wool sweater costs like $60 or something. I’ll find Sonia Rykiel shoes for like $19 on eBay. It became a weird obsession to only buy things on eBay. I only want to find things super cheap… [MORE]

What’s the last big item you scored on eBay?
“Ah! I got a vintage Versace dress for $70, which is already at the top-end of my spending. I would probably have paid $700 at a vintage store for this.

Read more about Sophia in her Refinery29 interview.

 (Photo: by Katie McCurdy for R29. Text by Jauretsi)

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A Better Bathmat
By Jenny Bahn
There’s nothing worse than a generic, nubby little bathmat purchased from your local Bed Bath & Beyond. You know the kind — the ones with the white rubber backing and a color palate that neither inspires nor compliments your bathroom decor (or your clawfoot tub, for that matter). Here’s the solution: a navajo rug. True, you might need to tend to it a little more than your average bathmat and avoid excessive exposure to water, but these sturdy woven rugs make for a standout solution to the rather sad alternatives. And hey, if it’s good enough for your living room, it’s good enough for the loo. Check out the healthy selections of navajo rugs on eBay right now.
(Photo: Courtesy of Graham & Co.)

A Better Bathmat

By Jenny Bahn

There’s nothing worse than a generic, nubby little bathmat purchased from your local Bed Bath & Beyond. You know the kind — the ones with the white rubber backing and a color palate that neither inspires nor compliments your bathroom decor (or your clawfoot tub, for that matter). Here’s the solution: a navajo rug. True, you might need to tend to it a little more than your average bathmat and avoid excessive exposure to water, but these sturdy woven rugs make for a standout solution to the rather sad alternatives. And hey, if it’s good enough for your living room, it’s good enough for the loo. Check out the healthy selections of navajo rugs on eBay right now.

(Photo: Courtesy of Graham & Co.)