Swag From Around The World:
Chinese Scooters, Swag and Sayings

Scooters China Cup Souvenirs

Jeff Bass and his company Scooterpatch.com is ScooterSwag’s sponsor. Recently he went to China and took some photos of unusual scooters and swag. The scooters were primarily in Beijing and the swag were spotted in Dongguan and Guangzhou both in Guangdong Province.

I like the ernest sayings a lot. And I wonder if Marlboro pays the scooterist some advertising dollars?

Thanks Jeff for sharing!

Bon Appetit’s “Fat Chefs” & Scooters.

Bon Appetit Fat Chefs Scooters Vespas Kitchen Decor

We’ve featured some scootering chefs in the past but this is quite the bonanza.

The first three photos feature the chefs made by Benzara. They are made out of “polystone” and cost around $39.95 for the set. I wasn’t able to find the trio in a set but now you know what to look for.

The other chefs are made by Bon Appetit and are a bit trickier to find.

Speaking of tricks, I like to use Google Alerts as well as eBay Saved Searches to hunt down treasures.

Thanks to Cassie for these finds!

Benzara Scooting Chefs

Looking good on paper.

Papero Scooter Couples Paper Models Vespa

Dear Paper Modelers and Puzzlers: Ready for a challenge? Designer Papero has created these two scooter models for you to tackle. (Check out the photo of the motorcycle model in an unmade state to get a sense of the difficulty and detail.) Made of recycled card and paper and soy oil based ink, even the wheels spin. The scooters each measure approximately 8cm X 12cm X 4.5cm. The kit ships from the UK for £17.50.

Here’s a description from Papero:

“Every aspect of this Papero paper model is beautifully designed. Start with the pre-cut eco-friendly paper ‘blueprints’. Consider where each element will go, then use pen, paint or pencil to colour them in. Pop out the pieces and assemble them together. The result is an incredibly detailed model. It helps children learn about 3D structures and develop co-ordination—but grown-ups will find hours of quiet joy in it too. And the smartest part? There’s no need for scissors, knives or adhesive, so no one’s going to glue their fingers together. Pure genius.”

Thanks to Alice D. for this unusual find!


Lend them your ears.

Vespa Scooter Riders Earrings Jewelry

Artist Kristin Lora in Seattle designs all kinds of gorgeous and funky earrings but these of course are the best. (Although her deer head brooch is pretty dang cute.) The pair measure approximately 1.5″ tall, are made of plastic and sterling silver and are one of a kind. They are $118.00.

Thanks to the mighty Swagster Julie G. for this find.


The British are Coming . . . eventually.

Why the proviso? Because this Michael Miller fabric seems to out of stock or on back order on several sites. Still, many will no doubt think it’s worth waiting for. Also, this print is actually denim so there are some fashion possibilities here. Mini skirt anyone? It’s priced at around $8.95 a yard.

Thanks to Becky M. for this find!


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