We just returned from Myanmar (Burma) where we had a fabulous time. It is an amazing country. We took close to 3000 photos, so it will take me a while to get them sorted and write the post. But in the meantime, I thought I would share some goodies I found.
I am pretty sure these are not from Asia, but they were so cheap (approx $1.20 USD) how could I resist? There are men selling junk on the street corners - this is where I found them.
I thought this would make a good base for a resin piece.
What if this is a real gem worth thousands? : )
A few old books I bought for the text. I paid around $7.00 USD for both.
The Burmese alphabet is so beautiful - a whimsical feel to it.
And a child's storybook ($3.00 USD).
It had some sweet illustrations in it.
No postcards from the early 1900, but I liked these from the 1950's.
I especially liked that they say Burma. The name was changed to Myanmar in 1989, but the US still does not acknowledge this new name.
Rubber stamps with a great story. I was wandering one day while D was working and I came upon a street with 15 to 20 little shops making rubber stamps. Ones that you special order. I did not have time to order, so I asked if I could buy the samples. Mind you, me asking to buy them was mainly in sign language - with a tad of English mixed in.
The store fronts were completely open and tables with their merchandise were set up outside. The first store owner said no. On to the next. Yes, I can buy... but only one. Cost $1.20 USD. On to the next store... the same price. By the time I got to the third - the shops I had already bought from were laughing, having a good time and telling the next store what I wanted. It was really fun and I am sure they were scratching their heads as to why I was buying these old used stamps with random words!
They told me this one said Myanmar ???? I know I will have fun with these stamps.
Glass buttons - I have never seen a clasp on buttons like this. I was told they were old. I paid about $8 USD for 6 big ones and 5 smaller ones. Not cheap, but I thought they were very unique.
These are new, but still fun.
And some lace, made in Burma. Most were about 50 cents a yard.
The following lace is from India, but too pretty to pass up. A little more expensive at $1.00 a yard.
The beading is amazing on this lace.
and last a few appliques...
More special stuff to add to the "collection" : )