I had a wonderful Easter Sunday, as Mark and I spent it with Mark and Cathy who came up to Beijing for a few days. We started off with the Easter celebration at church which included lots of signing which was great.
We spent the afternoon strolling around “798” which is an area for artists to display their work, along with over 80 eating establishments. The sun was shining so refreshing to walk around.
We then stopped at one of our local malls and found a store that sells pottery going out of business. As we were looking around, one of the clerks mentioned that they were selling everything, including the furniture for giveaway prices. We liked the two chairs with the center table, and thought it would look great in our front entrance. After a call to Simon to find out about the wood, and a call to David to arrange delivery, we said we would be back in a half hour so they could follow us to our apartment. The store is a half hour walk from our apartment with stairs to climb, and a dirt path to follow. They loaded one chair and the boxes of pottery on a small wagon, while Mark carried the table, and another young man carried one of the chairs which was quite heavy. We walked thru the mall, the parking lot out to the street, and down the sidewalk wondering where the truck was to take our purchases home. We started to wonder when we didn’t see any delivery vehicles, and they were ready to cross a major street. !!!!
Oh no, we told them after we figured out they were planning on all of us carrying the furniture over a mile to our place. We set everything down, and with limited Chinese but lots of sign language we told them that it was not possible to carry everything home. A few phone calls were made, so we just made ourselves comfortable on the street corner.
You can only imagine the stares we got from the passing traffic. Were they wondering if this was a garage sale?
We all got out our cameras, even the workers to take photos of this spectacle. After 30 minutes, a small old van pulled up to collect our possession, and we hailed down a cab.
After a little cleaning and polishing, it will be our new treasure.