gingko wrote:I don't even know if we have nice consignment shops around. The only ones I went to are salvation army (not much stuff there) and a shop where I sold my jeans for $4 each (they seem to only carry women outfits). Are your consignment shops more of the boutique town center style?
The one where I've discovered most of my "finds" is not especially fancy; it's a neighbourhood consignment shop that has the feel of a well-organized yard sale. Tons of brass knick-knacks, yards of china cup-and-saucer sets, used toasters and other small appliances, that kind of thing. But the occasional Japanese gem does make an appearance, as well as some nice pieces by B.C. potters such as Wayne Ngan
. Once I found a tenmoku chawan of his that was tucked away with the "other" planters:
Thing is, I live on the west coast, so Asian pieces are likelier to turn up in charity and consignment shops. One item I see frequently is furoshiki
, a Japanese squareish cloth that is used for wrapping gifts and also as a kind of carrying bag for bento boxes; it's meant to be reusable. I think that Japanese visitors to my city frequently give these as gifts, but because the dimensions aren't quite right for a scarf, the puzzled recipient eventually shrugs and donates the thing to a charity shop! I love furoshiki, collect them, and use them frequently for all sorts of things (my family now uses them exclusively as holiday giftwrap).