I bought very few souvenirs during our last trip to Asia. For some reason nothing really stood out to me, and the items that did catch my eye were either too expensive and/or bulky for me to bring back home easily. The only little trinket I did pick up (along with a bunch of dried plums, yum!) was this really cheap cotton sarong from one of the many shops selling them in Phuket.
The print caught my eye and so I stopped and asked the woman sitting on a stool outside how much it was. “250 baht, I am giving you a good deal,” she immediately crowed. Since 250 baht is around $8 US I was already fine with the price but remembered that my local friends had advised me to always bargain, if even a little bit. After some pondering, I settled on the strategy of having my husband play the “bad cop”to try and get the price lower. Mr. Feather, who is financially haunted on a consistent basis by my Hermes prattling and pleas for mini getaways, jumped at the chance to finally play the tough cheapskate:
Shopkeeper: The sarong is 250 baht. That is very good price. Please pay now.
Mr. Feather: NO WAY. I am the DECISION MAKER and we will only buy if it is under 150 baht.
…and so on and so forth.
He got into his role quite a bit and the shop lady was impressed enough to agree almost immediately to sell us the scarf for 150 baht, under $5 US. Score! My hero. Unfortunately, Mr. Feather was a little too loud and during his tirade attracted the attention of a few fellow tourists – two British women nearby, who turned and gave him a slow, scathing glare. Whoops!
Scarf from Thailand
Siwy jeans (so comfy)
Louboutin pumps (similar amazing Loubs here, love these at a great price)
Anyway, I used this sarong for the rest of our trips and it now holds many special memories for me! Yesterday I tried using it as a scarf as well, it reminds me a bit of Aztec Pucci. I’m looking forward to bringing it to future beach vacations.
What have been some of your favorite souvenirs from trips?