What I like to include while on vacation is at least one day of shopping. I don’t mean souvenirs that you might see everywhere. I am talking about real stuff, well designed by local artists and artisans. I rarely find it and most often I return home and read an article written about someone else’s special places. Very frustrating.
But here in Shanghai where commerce and history compete for your time, I found a person who knows. She spends her time seeking out small, hidden, unknown spots. Her pleasure is watching you get turned on to places that turned her on.
My list for her, and everyone’s list varies, was gleaned from the multiple articles and books that we researched and traveled with.
I gave it to her and the locations, in most cases, she called over exposed, meaning discovered, now more costly, and less quality as a result of their success.
But she always had a substitute and I was impressed from the start.
What did I want to see?
Cashmere – special
Funky silk lanterns
Interested small antiques
Men’s custom tailor
I saw them all. I bought at most places. In between, as we traveled with a car and driver, I heard history of the different areas. We made unexpected stops along the way at a nunnery where sheets of freshly printed fabric blew lightly in the wind while drying. The fabric was used to make a million objects that were inexpensive, made in Shanghai, and perfect as gifts.
This gal is a gem and this day was one of my best shopping experiences anywhere in the world.
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