So, I'm just going to come straight out and say it... I am the Queen of Shopping. Seriously, I do not know anyone that shops as well and as hard as I do. My cousin does pretty well, she came for a visit the Christmas before last and we fit 24 hours of mad shopping in, in the 48 hour period she stayed with me. My shopping trips are not for the faint-hearted.
Today was flea market day. I love flea market day. It's only on twice a month and if I can go or not depends on the day of the week it falls, and my schedule at school. It works out that I can only go every few months. Today, was one of those lucky days.
By eight o'clock this morning (the time that on a usual day I'm just leaving the aparment to go to school), I had already bought 18 kimonos. By lunchtime, when I was finished, I had bought 40 kimono, 10 obi, 2 full bolts of kimono fabric, 3 partial bolts of fabric and the sweetest coin purse you'd ever seen.
What I am not the queen of, is carrying stuff home. I go to the market via public transport - a train and subway. That also means returning home with all my purchases the same way. Today, I had two small wheelie overnight bags, a super-sized and another large-sized tote bag. In all (I weighed it when I got home), 32kgs of fabric sweetness! Now, one problem with Japan that should be mentioned here, is that at many train stations, mine included, there are no elevators, no escalators, only stairs. I carried my 32kgs of shopping down two flights of stairs and then up another two.
I now ache all over, am exhausted, am windburnt and have broken four nails. But boy it was fun!
Some of the girl's kimonos I bought today