Merchandise; Purchases; Crap I Bought.

Since I’ve been expounding upon the intricacies of shopping in Chinese markets, some may wonder how much crap I actually bought.  Well, here it is:



Top Left: 2 sets of terra cotta soldiers in really cool boxes; 4 We Fuck the Fakeshit hats; 1 pair of Euroshoes with “authentic” Goodyear tread soles.

Middle Left: 2 paintings with silk thread embellishment; 1 rolled-up b/w panorama photo of the Potala Palace in the early 1900s; 1 rolled-up hand-painted thangka; 1 rolled up painting of a boat on a lake; 2 “Polo” cashmere sweaters; 2 souvenir Great Wall t-shirts; 1 traditional black Uyghur shirt with gold design; 1 cd case that came free after buying 38 dvds (Entourage Seasons 1-5, Madmen Seasons 1-2, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy); 1 small wooden elephant with an astonishing smaller elephant carved on the hollowed-out inside of its body; 1 Yak Yak Yak Tibet shirt (for my nephew); 1 stuffed camel (for my nephew); 1 squishy Jelly Pig (for my nephew); 9 silk ties.

Bottom Left: 1 traditional Uyghur scarf; 8 pairs of wooden chopsticks; 3 gaudy florescent seashell wind chimes; 4 blossoming flower tea balls; 3 fake Patek Philippe watches in fancy bags; 4 buddhist wheels in another fancy bag; 3 Tibetan silver and turquoise necklaces for the lovely ladies in my family; 1 prayer wheel; 1 box of green tea incense; 4 rock magnets etched with Tibetan words; 1 Chinese flag patch (triumphantly found after hours of searching because I try to buy a flag patch from every country I visit); 4 small rocks brazenly stolen from Everest base camp; 1 yellow bag with a jar of green tea leaves; 1 can of green tea cubes; 1 amazing inlaid wooden box with a set of dominos.

Top Right: 1 hand-embroidered wall hanging with the 8 auspicious symbols; 2 large pocketed wall hangings; 3 paper lanterns; 1 traditional white Tibetan prayer scarf; 1 brown elephant scarf; 1 hat band from the hat a drunk guy gave me at the Qingdao beer festival.

Bottom Right: 7 silk scarves

Not Pictured: 1 clay, egg-shaped whistle-type-thing; 1 Tibetan woolen winter cap.

And that is all.


8 Responses to “Merchandise; Purchases; Crap I Bought.”

  1. 1 viv
    September 7, 2010 at 11:57 am

    That’s just not right…

  2. September 8, 2010 at 7:40 am

    I think you did pretty good considering how LONG you were there!

  3. October 11, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    The silk scarves look lovely. If you’re feeling like it is a ridiculous amount, then give it all away. You’ll feel better.

  4. 7 Tammy
    November 14, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Next stop “Hoarders.”

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