Earlier this week, I made the spontaneous decision to go to a Trash to Treasures Party downtown. I had received the email about it a couple of weeks before, but as with most events, I put it to the back of my mind and assumed that I wouldn’t go. When it was colder outside, I liked to stay in but lately it is so beautiful that it is actually quite tough to stay indoors all day. The blue skies and spring blossoms seem to call out to us. Eli and I have been very busy lately, so I tend to avoid early morning commitments, but on Wednesday morning I woke up and thought that this party might be a lot of fun. As the invite had instructed, I gathered up a few “gently used accessories, scarves, bags, etc” and made my way downtown to meet with a group of ladies. The host, also a Catherine with a “C”, had set out tables with little signs of where to display our accessories. On the way there I wondered if what I was bringing would be appealing to anyone, and also, what kind of things would the others would be bringing. You don’t want to be the one bringing junk when the others are bringing relatively nice things. The best part is that after I got there, and lay my accessories out on tables, I saw ladies going over and pointing at mine and saying, “Oh wow… that’s pretty!”. It really is true that “one mans trash is another man treasure”. I have been wanting to host a party like this where ladies get to swap clothes, so it was nice to attend this accessory-party and see how it all takes place. It was quite fitting that the party was being held on Earth Day, since we were all there to trade in some of our old stuff for what felt like new things, thereby recycling instead of buying new.
|The amazing view from Catherine’s apartment|
Everyone brought a snack or something to share. Catherine provided a whole list of drinks and other refreshments. I really want twins and Catherine has her own set of twin boys, so I was excited to meet the little guys. They are adorable! Above you can see the view from her apartment. The buildings in this complex are round, so the view wraps around her entire lounge and living room area. Incredible!
Below, our group of lovely ladies, all very excited about the Trash to Treasures Party…
You’re probably wondering how it works since we were all walking over to the table and “ooooh-ing” at the accessories that we liked! Well Catherine roughly counted the items on the tables and then wrote out little slips of paper with the same amount of numbers, and placed them into a hat. We were all told to draw out the same amount of numbers as how many accessories we had brought. So, for example, I had bought seven things and I drew seven numbers from the hat. There were also English magazine which were left over from the last party that Catherine had hosted, and we were free to take any of those home. Living in China means we have minimal access to English magazines, so this was a great extra!
We sat around, having snacks and coffee, and Catherine slowly called out which number was next. Lucky me, I drew number 1 AND number 2, so I got the first two picks! The numbers went right up into the 50’s, so we had many turns to go up and chose items that we liked. It was surprising when you looked at two things you wanted, and took one hoping the other would still be there when your next turn came… and then it was! Every lady has a different taste, so this was a wonderful way to find something new, or even try something that is a different style to that which you are used to. While the mommies had fun chatting, eating, and “shopping” for new accessories, the babies played in the corner. It was great seeing others wearing your old accessory, and then being able to tell them where you had bought it, or some story that goes along with the memory of that item.
|My new accessories|
At the end of the party, one of the girls pulled out a bag containing even more accessories. She had been keeping them aside because she thought that there was a limit to how many she could bring. I ended up taking a few of those things that I liked too. I was very happy with my “finds” at the end of the party!
It was a perfect day outside, warm and clear, so Elijah and I walked down to Marina City and did some shopping. Starbucks was offering free coffee to those with a Starbucks mug (which I have), since it was Earth Day.
|What a good boy!|
Can you believe this good boy?! I know it won’t be much longer that I can do this, but he sits on the floor of the changing room while I try on clothes. He tried to crawl under the door a few times, haha, but overall he was really good. If I had brought his stroller, he would have stayed in that, but I still haven’t figured that out…
How I am supposed to hail a taxi, then take Elijah out of the stroller, hold him (because I can’t put him in the back seat – he’ll crawl off), then take my bags off the stroller, collapse the stroller, lift it into the back of the taxi (which is usually loaded with the driver’s junk), and then get into the taxi?? Hmmm… Not quite sure how that is meant to happen. I know that it will be easier when Elijah is a bit bigger and I can put him on the backseat and say “stay!” but that will be when he’s about 2 years old (if then!), AND by that time I will hopefully have another baby. So let’s just say that I am trying to make the most of this time that I have left of being able to do things with Elijah. People warned me that it was impossible to get out in China with a baby. I haven’t found that to be true so far, I just have to adapt certain things I do, for now, that means carrying by 20 lbs baby boy, and all my bags. Oh my word, the challenges of living in China!
There is a weekly Expat Group that meets at Starbucks every Wednesday morning, so I ended up sitting with them for about two hours. Elijah slept the entire time (that’s the great thing about the baby carrier!), and only woke up when I was hailing a cab to get home. I walked for a while, with him sleeping on me, along the jetty area that you see above. I am so thankful for beautiful weather and the opportunity to meet other women who are living here. Pretty soon I will be “losing” a very special friend when she moves with her family to another country, so I know that it is time to spread my wings and start looking for more mommy-friends.