One of the hard things about moving to a new country is finding “stuff.” What sort of stuff? Just anything really. You can’t even imagine how much you take for granted knowing just where to purchase every little item, from hairdryers to clothes hangers (two items that stumped me when I first arrived). Coming from the US I was used to Target, K-Mart, Walgreens, etc where you just go and everything you could possibly want is there. In Italy, where small family run business is still the norm (though larger stores are starting to invade), it takes a bit of a learning curve. However, I have realized there are stores where you can get tons of “stuff.” They might be much smaller and therefore crammed to the brim with items, but they work just as well. These types of stores are called casalinghi, which comes from the word casalinga (housewife). This makes sense since the stuff found inside usually pertains to the home — pots and pans, detergent, fake flowers, slippers….the list goes on. Here’s a peak inside my local negozio casalinghi.