Monday, November 12, 2007

Living in China (November 12, 2007)

So this weekend a few of the other teachers and I went to go clothes and antique shopping. The shopping did not turn out as well as I'd hoped for, although it did work out for one of the other teachers. I don't know if it's because you have to bargain and have no idea if someone is taking you for a ride, or if I just have an overall problem with "cheap" stuff. But whatever the reason, it totally prevented me from buying anything for myself.

A good friend of mine once said, "It's the clothes that makes the man", and even though I'm sure it was nabbed from a movie, it does actually hold some value. While shopping, I kept on looking at things, messing with the given price, doing crazy calculations on my cell, and every time the cost was just too close to US market value that I could not put my foot down on any sort of purchase. Things are just too untrustworthy here. You buy something and sometimes it works perfectly, but other times you buy something and things start falling apart or clothes will start ripping because of the shawdy quality of goods.

In the US I would rather go without something than to have a piss poor version of a product. Why then would I change my purchasing habits only because I'm on the other side of the world? One reason I suppose is because I'm freezing, but then again, my pickiness has taken hold and I am left with nothing new for my wardrobe. Sigh... Yes, I'm very glad that this is currently the extent of my life concerns.

After going to the clothing market, we headed to this crazy outside antiques market. They had all sort of old stuff there. Yes, most of the things that looked old were probably reproductions or straight-up fakes, but it was still pretty neat to wander around. Usually I'm not one for art, but there were a few booths with stuff that I liked. The bad thing about our visit was that we got there right when people were packing up their shops for the night. Next time we'll have to make it a day trip to go there and hopefully come back with some goodies.