Don’t worry. I won’t make another post like this for a long time, but I just have to share my joy at my second Taobao experience! I went back to show a new expat friend where it was, and was able to snap a picture of it, so that you can see what it looks like. Just imagine this extending farther than your eye can see, maybe 20 of these views long? And 3 aisles like this in some places (but always at least 2). Imagine if someone took a mile long Public Storage building and turned it into a shopping center. (Some of the shops weren’t open that day, or at least yet that day.)
I really hit the jackpot in the ¥10 and ¥20 department.
10 kuai - Maybe a knock-off of Kappa, which is popualar here, but I can't pass up shirts for $1.60.
10 kuai a piece - Super adorable outfit for Piper
80 kuai - a much-needed work shirt for Brian (I got another one, but he was wearing it when I took the pictures)
10 kuai a piece - pants for the boys to wear when it gets cold again.
10 kuai a piece - I just love this outfit with the skirt built onto the capris. I couldn't believe it was the right size and still together in the 10 kuai bin.
20 kuai a piece - also super adorable
20 kuai a piece - These really high-quality shirts, each one so adorable (there were so many different designs to choose from it was difficult) - they even went to the trouble of attaching the tags with a steel-beaded dog-tag chain.
5 kuai a piece - This and two Disney princess puzzles. You would not believe how much the Chinese love their Plants vs. Zombies and Angry Birds.
I did not purchase these, but they did make me laugh.
10 kuai - a little something to brighten up a little girl's bare room. She put the butterflies on herself and was so proud.
I also did not buy this, but Brian is lucky it wasn't in his size.
Not pictured: 2 Thomas shirts, 20 kuai a piece, a wooden puzzle of the Chinese provinces, 15 kuai (thanks to my amazing companion Samantha for talking down the price), and a 1 kuai popsicle for my long-suffering Piper.
Grand Total: 480 kuai – $76, 23 items
PS: I am so surprised by how many Chinese people don’t know about this magical place.