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Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi

Gavin has been in Vietnam for two weeks, and has two weeks to go until he returns home. He’s there buying stock for the December pop-up shop, and he is totally spoilt for choice.

The crafts from Vietnam meet all out criteria – they’re hand-made, require a high level of skill to produce, and are exotic and extremely beautiful.

He’s bought huge wooden carvings from Hoi An that take three people more than a month to produce. He’s stocked up on the exquisitely detailed quilts made by the Hmong people, and he’s ordered hundreds of silk, hand-painted lanterns.

The people he’s bought from have been uniformly wonderful and helpful. When he placed a big order for lanterns from a family in Hoi An they all hugged him and insisted he join them for dinner. If he needs to draw money to pay for items, staff members at shops drive him to the bank on the back of their mopeds. When he had flu a few days ago, vendors and hotel staff plied him with lotions and potions that cleared it up in days.

He’s having a productive, and fabulous, time. I can’t wait to see what he has bought – the shipment will be on the water for a couple of months before we have the fun of unpacking it. The Vietnamese crafts will give us a critical mass of stuff to sell when added to our Iranian and Pakistani stock. Hopefully, we do well over the season, and make enough money to pay for our house for another few months.

Vietnamese silk lanterns.

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