Friday, May 7, 2010

Recreating The Cute

I have found a source for simple and super inexpensive glass containers. I will fill my jars with the cute candy I find during my travels. The candy aisle of the grocery store is one of my favorite spots, the packaging and graphics are adorable. There is quite a bit of candy imported from Japan and that wins my cutest candy prize. 

I bought this decrepit old blue chair from the flea market. The vendor was using the chair to hold a box of prints, and he seemed quite surprised that we were interested in the chair and not the prints. Most vendors start  price negotiations very high, sometimes 90% over what they end up accepting. The haggling over the chair started at his opening offer of $3.00!!!!
 I found the Mao doll at the coolest store in the French Concession called Madame Mao's Dowry. They carry the most spectacular old Chinese propaganda posters and wonderful antiques.
It occurs to me that with the glass jars and the beginning of a blue chair collection in China, we are replicating some of our favorite things from back home.


Saucy said...

Dear Linda,

I am glad to see you acclimating so well... starting collections is a good sign. You are indeed what we call in this family a "trinketeer."

Keep us posted and please share your haggling stories. I will not show Loopy, who is into everything Japanese right now, that candy. She has traded a love for giant pretzel rods for Pocky.


C.E.R. said...

A chair? Now I know you're settling in. :)

Coco said...

Love the doll. When you are totally settled let us see your new home. I am sure it is very interesting as you are a wonderful artist.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Oh, that Mao doll is too awesome!

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Wow, that's so cool. What fun.

Anonymous said...

Linda, this is so much fun. I get to enjoy China thru your eyes. thanks!