An enthusiast’s view of America’s Original Seaside Resort… by Meghan Kunz
I love indulgences, but I have to admit that a bargain can win my heart over any day. I’ve become a ridiculously savvy shopper, and I find that the most fun I have decorating my house is when I don’t have to spend a lot of hard-earned cash. Also, there are great, affordable gift ideas in Cape May that are very holiday-helpful. Trust me, it’s fun to be innovative and tap into your creative side — and some ideas are eco-friendly too, so it’s a win-win situation.
Even before I wrote for Exit Zero, I loved the publication and thought the color issues were superb. In an effort to not see my glossy treasures go to waste, I tore off the covers (I know, but it’s for a greater good) and framed them. Instant artwork and a preserved cover! There are two decorating my fireplace mantel.
I take dozens of photos with my digital camera, and then never print them. But when I do get around to it, I instantly want to put my treasured photos in a scrapbook and create some sort of commemorative display. What do I reach for? Coasters! Yes, paper coasters from bars and restaurants – only attractive ones, which display the establishment’s name. These coasters are very similar to chipboard, which hardcore scrapbook junkies use all the time. This is a very ‘green’ concept — instead of tossing these relatively pointless forms of advertisement out, you can use them as a memento from a favorite dinner or night out with friends. Other free souvenir ideas include menus. I’m not referring to mundane, run-of-the-mill menus — I’m focused on those with attractive fonts, preferably with a photo of the restaurant, on quality paper. It commemorates the trip, there’s a photo or illustration of the restaurant, and it’ll be entertaining to look back 20 years from now to see what cuisine was popular.
There’s also the old-fashioned method for collecting memories from Cape May: a walk on the beach. You’ll find thousands of shells and stones, ready to be rescued, polished, and displayed. Grab a hot glue gun and a Martha Stewart magazine and make a holiday wreath, complete with “free” supplies, compliments of Sunset Beach. A starfish, a unique stone, a Cape May diamond or a gorgeous shell in unexpected places throughout your home allows Cape May to be with you always. Beach paraphernalia can also help you decorate around the holidays or jazz up a gift basket.
On your next trip to Cape May, start browsing for contraband that you can turn into thoughtful gifts, innovative decorations, or functional souvenirs. The possibilities are limitless, and you’ll create your own personalized memoir of Cape May.