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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Maxim of the Week is Back!

Ping Yu goes into the stockroom of the Porcelain Emporium and brings out another "rare" Chinese vase to replace the one she just sold.
There's a sucker born every minute.

I thought this particular maxim was fitting after the picture I posted yesterday (see below) and the recent mini-tours through Vancouver's Chinatown that I blogged about over on Décolleté.  I for one don't mind buying genuine fake Chinoiseries!  I was like a kid in a candy store roaming the aisles between shelves crammed and jammed with colourful teapots, figurines, soup bowls, china soup spoons, embroidered linens, silk dresses and bags, and paper parasols; to say nothing of the piles of little doo-dads that one could only marvel at and guess at their use.  The two small items I did buy (for under $5) didn't quite hold together once I removed them from their plastic packaging...Sounds like fodder for another maxim: "You get what you pay for."



  1. I prefer the fabulous, easily replacable fakes. Precious objects are just little lumps of stress daring you to break them.

  2. Hah! I had the same dilemma when I was in Japan. At least yours can get away with "Made in China" on the back! ♥

  3. Ain't that the truth. Love your fluid, colorful drawing!

  4. Tatty,
    What?--You mean those arent't real diamonds in your tiara?!

  5. Margaret,
    At least you were in Japan! Actually, I'm pretty sure I was sold some "Made in China" leather goods when I was in Italy but the tags had been removed.

  6. Stickup,
    I have a set of watercolours that were made in Russia and are an absolute joy to work with because of their flow and brilliant hues. Truly a case of getting what I paid for, in the best sense.

  7. As long as Ping Yu says Tang Yu. Courtesy is sometimes rarer than the poor Céline.

  8. DCW,
    I believe she said "Ah so" as I exited, but I can't be certain...surely it couldn't have been something more graphically descriptive!

  9. haha this is so funny and cute!!! :-)

  10. Roxana,
    I'm happy that you get my sense of humour.