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.
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.