Friday, July 17, 2009

Secondhand Treasures: Pig Newton


A couple weeks ago, I stumbled upon a secondhand store near where I live in the Zhongzheng District (中正區) of Taipei. I wandered in and found this darling piggy bank on a shelf of ceramic tchotchkes. It was only a few US dollars, so of course I adopted her.

It just so happens that I have a Re-ment miniature that looks identical to Pig Newton, which was part of the charm for me. I started collecting Re-ment as accessories for my Blythe dolls, but I really enjoy them for their own sake. The miniatures, many of which are hand-painted, are based on items found in Japanese culture and everyday life. Taiwan is a former colony of Japan and there are still a lot of old Japanese buildings here from before World War II. A lot of items found in secondhand/vintage shops are also from the colonial era, but I think my pig is a newer import. I'm not sure, however, exactly how old she is.

I love how my Re-ment miniature and Pig Newton look like they were always meant to be together.


There have been a couple (minor) earthquakes in Taipei recently, so Pig Newton is living on a shelf in our bedroom, cemented down with tack putty for her own protection.


I keep Little Pig Newton with her new big sister... they like to whisper secrets to one another.


  1. I'm in love with these pigs!! How cute. Thanks for stopping by my blog. And I'm relieved that your sighting wasn't a harbinger of death!

  2. So adorable--I'm glad they've found each other.

  3. So cute! If I didn't know better I'd have thought that the both of them were bought together!

  4. love the pigs - so cute xxxx

  5. omygosh your piggies are tooo cute!!!! I love the miniature one :) I have a thing for piggie banks you see..hehe.

    Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog,I'll be sure to keep popping by your blog :)

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  7. Your little piggy is soooo cute!
    I love your blog by the way :)

  8. Thank you everyone!!! Your comments are so encouraging to me as I've only recently started posting here regularly.

    Eunice--How flattering! Thank you!

  9. that is so adorable - what cute pictures!!

  10. I bought that exact large piggy at a second hand shop and gave her to my niece recently! I was so surprised to see her on your page! How neat!

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