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Toronto Chinatown Finds - For the Budget Tea Connaiseur

by tieguanyinfan » Jan 11th, '18, 21:36

We've all seen the threads and questions pertaining to finding gongfu teaware, trays, tea cakes...etc. without breaking the bank. If you're on a budget or just beginning the journey in tea it's actually quite possible to find some great stuff. Without a doubt things might not be super perfect but that's okay. It's all about the adventure and the fun of a scavenger hunt. So here are my finds on a rainy balmy Thursday evening, majority are from Chinatown "dollar" stores.

Store No. 1
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Literally hundreds of cups!!

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Typical Yixing cups

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What's this? A Longquan celadon cup and with non-cracked glazing only for $3?! :shock:

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Jingdezhen porcelain with rice pattern

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A different Longquan celadon cup design, was very tempted to buy a few of these :mrgreen:
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Re: Toronto Chinatown Finds - For the Budget Tea Connoiseur

by tieguanyinfan » Jan 11th, '18, 21:48

Store No. 2 - What will we find here?

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I spy with my little eye...some pu erh/bo lay cakes

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Estimate: 25-30 cakes

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Oh and some Dancong

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Half price for the cakes

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Yixing cups with thicker sides.

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Hmm perhaps I should get these instead of the Longquan cups. I'm sure Chairman Mao would agree, after all this is a post about the tea proletariat...umm budget tea connoiseur :lol:
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Re: Toronto Chinatown Finds - For the Budget Tea Connaiseur

by tieguanyinfan » Jan 11th, '18, 21:57

Store No. 3 - Supermarket
So to confirm, yes one can buy Pu erh/Bo lay cakes in downtown Toronto (Chinatown)
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Store No. 4 - Another "Dollar Store"
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After going through all the cookware I found the teaware. Some very affordable tea sets going for $40 CAD

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Now this is an intriguing item. It's a Jingdezhen porcelain puerh/bo lay storage container. $60

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Tea trays

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