Just because things are old doesn’t make them antiques.
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Many of us have grown up, or at least seen, the family chamber pot.
However, someone has put the common chamber pot up for sale… as a “traditional Chinese antique fruit basket”!
The item, found on the US e-commerce website Amazon, was listed for sale at $31.99 (around RM130). On the listing, the item is described as a “limited production of the 60s” and “can be used as a basket or a stand-alone desktop decoration”.
The listing also shows images of all the “potential uses” of the chamber pot, such as a holder for french bread or an ice bucket for alcohol!
The listing also notes that it “can be used as a unique gift for your friends who like to collect old products”, noting that the giftee will be “very surprised”.
Very surprised indeed, to receive a chamber pot as a gift!
But what is it, exactly?
The chamber pot is usually used by our older relatives may insist on it for a bit of a nighttime relief, or to teach young kids how to use the toilet properly, or even historically used as a spittoon for spitting out tobacco.
It was extremely common in Asia in the 1980s and 1990s, and is often decorated with pairs of Mandarin ducks or ‘double happiness’ because a brand new one would be gifted to a married couple as a gift as they began their new lives together.
So even if you might find it quite pretty, some “antiques” aren’t meant to be decorative!
Anne is an advocate of sustainable living and the circular economy, and has managed to mum-nag the team into using reusable containers to tapau food. She is also a proud parent of 4 cats and 1 rabbit.