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Taobao hauls: Pincushion

It's the A level period and I should be studying. But mmmm haha everybody needs a break in a while. And I've recently discovered the joys of Taobao shopping.

Taobao shopping contains a bit of tedious admin as while the stuff from Taobao is mostly relatively cheap, shipping is not. And I use an external spree service to ship for what must probably be cheaper (I don't know for sure but I believe my mother when she says so). 65daigou is super efficient and also very easy to use their service. Taobao shopping was a bit of uncharted territory initially but since my family's first batch of haul arrived safely in Singapore, I think it works. Haha.

One of the things I decided to buy was a pincushion because I felt sad always sticking my pins into... sponge. We all had the same box of pins with a piece of sponge affixed onto the cover when we first learnt sewing in Secondary 1 but I've decided to move on. :)

I bought two pincushions... because I couldn't decide and it wasn't expensive enough to stop me. Hehe. Here's the link to the Taobao shop I bought from and the total cost including postage within China (excluding shipping to Singapore) was only S$4.04 for two! Also, I had to buy two if not the relatively much more expensive postage within China wouldn't make sense as it would be higher than the price of the pincushion itself. *excuses*

I took around 15 mins to stab all my pins into the pincushion into colour coded sections which was also mildly therapeutic and considering the insane stress A levels bring... very much needed too haha. So far I've no complaints with the pincushion although I haven't used it a lot.

I think shopping on Taobao for sewing stuff is great because everything is obviously so much cheaper than whatever is available here in Singapore. Even with "branded" items like with Clover products, which would obviously be marked up, there seems to be a price difference with Singapore too maybe due to import costs (hah applying my econs knowledge here)

But one of the greatest obstacles to overcome with shopping on Taobao other than navigating one million shops selling very similar items would be to search for the product you want... in Chinese. Thankfully my Chinese is passable haha and although I'm really not familiar with what some items are called in Chinese, I got by with some guesswork and Google Translate.

Here are some helpful keywords if you're trying to shop on Taobao too:

pincushion: 插针包 or 插针器 or 插针球 or 针扎


  1. When you don't know what the Chinese means, you can visit first, coz it provides English version of taobao.


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