I originally bought one for myself a few years ago at a flea market because honestly, I am a little geographically challenged. I had the most boring social studies teacher in school (no lie, we called him Boring Barry!) not to mention, I'm the type of person who if someone takes directions from me they should almost always go the other way ;). After working in production and communicating daily with our HK and Italy teams I thought it was time to grow my knowledge of the world and get a feel for where exactly these offices were. And now after having my globe for 3 years, I can honestly say it's done me well...that is, as a decor statement item only! I've gotten tons of compliments. It's a great conversation piece in the corner, on the old tripod stand next to my desk, but I almost always google a place out of habit instead of actually using it :).
So in case you're in search of your own, here are some great ones I've found...
On One Kings Lane right now they have a great selection from Spherical Concepts starting at just $35. Here are two of my faves...
This one is dual-purpose since it's a light as well. It's a vintage piece I found on Etsy.
I love any container that could be used to house a terarrium and this one could do just that! It could also be great to hold souveniers you pick up along your travels- shells and stones from beaches, match books, wine corks, etc.
Plant-it Earth Sphere
Another really cool idea instead of a standard round globe is this one below from IWantOneOfThose. My design-bestie has this in her own home. It is a scratch-off map (how cool!) so you scratch off the places when you visit them.
As Columbus would have suggested on this day before Thanksgiving, go and conquer the world! (or at least add one to your own home decor :).