WHat's the silliest thing you've bought on a trip?

Old Jun 2nd, 2008, 06:53 AM
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an australian salmon smoker! great device but a loooooong way to take home ;-)
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Old Jun 2nd, 2008, 07:33 AM
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an old small plastic plate with Gene Sarazin on it, from a bargain bin outside a shop in the Lake Country, UK; I have no idea why,but still have it!
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Old Jun 2nd, 2008, 08:09 AM
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A pair of inflatable flamingo boxer shorts from a Stuckey's on a road trip to Panama City Beach. 8-)

They were about the size of a postage stamp at purchase. You put them in water and they become adult size medium. My 16 year old daughter schelps around the house in them.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2008, 08:23 AM
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Hey that Eiffel Tower key chain, the little cup made to look like a crumpled Dixie cup, the 3 bottles of wine we carted back from Spain and the refrigerator magnets, were all sensible and clear headed purchases. Darn if I’d only seen that snow globe!

The silliest thing I’d ever brought back was a lovely little Murano glass clock I gave to my sister for watching my dog to say, “thanks for your time”. She stuck it in a closest still in a box, I found it when I was helping her move.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2008, 09:21 AM
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Hi L84SKY, Isn't it just fun to find a gift hidden away in their closet? LOL.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2008, 09:30 AM
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A little wooden sheep covered in real lamb's wool from Ireland (black faced, of course)

A stuffed Nessie doll from Inverness. Complete with a tam o'shanter. She sits on my bookshelf In my defense, I collect dragons, and Nessie is sort of dragony

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Old Jun 2nd, 2008, 09:52 AM
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I've purchased Paddington Bears, little Big Bens and Union Jacks in England, Plush Nessies and replica St John's Crosses in Scotland...

Little Eiffle Towers in France, Boomarangs, a didgeridoo and plush Koala Bears and Kangaroos in Australia...

A three forked thingy that supposedly is used for cannibalism in Fiji (probably made in China)...

A Christ the Redeemer statue from Brazil...

A statue of Our Lady of Fatima from Portugal, a authentic Bull Fight poster from Spain....

Some Moroccan pottery and a teak wood camel from Morocco.... oh, and a rug....

I always get cheap tees as well for all the neices and nephews....

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Old Jun 2nd, 2008, 09:52 AM
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I never said I didn't like my wooden shoes and Eiffel Tower statue. I still have them both and cherish them. I just think that my um taste in souvenirs has changed over the years!
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Old Jun 2nd, 2008, 09:53 AM
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german catfood in the can.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2008, 10:00 AM
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Well I would not call it silly, but perhaps not the typical item from a trip. We were in Paris and the items in a window of a paint (home decorating) store in the Marais caught our eyes. We decided to go in and look around and ended up buying some really nice paint brushes (for walls, trim, etc). The brushes alone were like little works of art, with their beautiful blond wood handles, brass fittings, and great soft bristles. I have used them several times and they are by far the best brushes I own!
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Old Jun 2nd, 2008, 10:05 AM
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jorr, it would have been much more fun if I wouldn't have had an honest streak and just taken the thing. She wouldn't have ever noticed.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2008, 10:16 AM
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In Paris, I purchased a print of the Andy Warhol painting of Liza Minnelli. It's huge. And it was a pain in the butt to get home.

What the hell was I thinking with that?



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Old Jun 2nd, 2008, 11:46 AM
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In Avignon I bought a small ceramic lighthouse that is supposed to predict rain by changing colors. I always forget to look at it though and then when it rains, I can't remember what it looked like before so, after seven years, I still haven't figured out if it worked.

I have many Eiffel towers, and get them every time I can.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2008, 11:57 AM
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Hey, if anyone is going back soon, bring me back one of the medium sized ETs
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Old Jun 2nd, 2008, 12:02 PM
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I LOVE my eiffel tower!

...it was my first solo trip and I think of it as an i'm-a-big-girl-now trophy.

Now, if someone wants 10 little medals from the Virgin of the Macarena from Sevilla... thats another story

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Old Jun 2nd, 2008, 01:00 PM
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Starrs, I have an extra XS ET if you'd want it...
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Old Jun 2nd, 2008, 04:44 PM
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I have a small model of Chichen Itza that we bought on our honeymoon. I keep it on my desk at work. Is it tacky? Of course it is, but I like it.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2008, 04:59 PM
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I'm not a "shopper". Nor a souvenir collector - although we do take plenty of pictures.

Typically the only things we buy are art - folk or otherwise - that we really like, or something that you can get great prices or better quality on. (Leather or jewelry in Italy for instance.)

As for buying little tschotkes - I'm not richenough to waste money on those things - I have bigger things to do with my money. And the $25 here and $50 there really add up if you go for that stuff.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2008, 05:15 PM
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I think my little ET was 3 or 4 euros. My divided dish plate was 4 euros. It's on the dresser in the guest room for folks to put their change, pocket items, etc. I get a lot of compliments on it - but no one would have any idea it came from Paris (but I know). It's just a lovely piece.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2008, 05:20 PM
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A plastic San Diego snow globe! Maybe the sparkles were supposed to be sand and not snow.
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