What I bought in Vietnam

For those who like to shop, or to snoop :p  Here’s what I bought:

First up, something that’s been on my list for a long time (scouting the thrift shops, with little luck) Metal cup measures:

Sadly already tarnished by their first wash in the dishwasher - darn that soap!
Sadly already tarnished by their first wash in the dishwasher – darn that soap!

Then I didn’t really buy anything for the next six days, til we returned to Ho Chi Minh City and I saw an ad for Banana Republic.  Oh my I love their clothes, and their aesthetic (when I was on their website sourcing better photos, I found countless more things I’d buy AND the cheap US prices made it OH so attractive!)  Let me present:

Contrast knit sweater
Contrast knit sweater
Polyester (yep sorry) blouse
Polyester (yep sorry) blouse

Now for the professional photos!

Bold stripe timeless tee source: http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=5043&vid=1&pid=561017022
Bold stripe timeless tee
source: http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=5043&vid=1&pid=561017022
Colorblock knnit cutout dress from source:http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=42231&vid=1&pid=932046002
Colorblock knit cutout dress from
And the back! source: http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=42231&vid=1&pid=932046002
And the back!
source: http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=42231&vid=1&pid=932046002
White peplum shell top - the one I'm most unsure if I'll wear source: http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=35356&vid=1&pid=686091002
White peplum shell top – the one I’m most unsure if I’ll wear
source: http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=35356&vid=1&pid=686091002

I got sucked into the deal though! I picked the first four items, but was told if I spent over 7 million Vietnamese Dong, I would receive 30% immediately if I became a card member.  I’d initially tried on the white top, but rejected it.  After scouring the store and trying on a few more items, and debating belts and the like, I decided to return to the top I’d initially said ‘yes’ to, to get my discount.  It brought the total down around (from memory) to 5.5 million, and then I still got VAT refunded at the airport!

Lastly, I’d seen these early on, and on reflection, thought one would work well in our house to put the coarse salt flakes in:

Cracked glass look ceramic mini bowl
Cracked glass look ceramic mini bowl

And some sandals, like for like replacement. Not as cheap as most things in Vietnam, but it was hard to find anything for size 41 feet, so it was worth the cost to me.

New for old replacement
New for old replacement

And there ends my adventure into consumerism in Vietnam. What was your favourite purchase of mine?

19 Replies to “What I bought in Vietnam”

  1. I looove Banana Republic. When I tried out that Me-Ality machine, Banana Republic came up as a good fit for me, and I have been shopping there ever since! You must have been so pleased to replace your sandals! The dress is adorable; I hope you find lots of occasions to wear it!

    1. High five – I agree, the fit is great! I think I'll wear the dress to my brother's bon voyage party this weekend – he's heading to South America for about a year – so you can guess when Im' scheming to go on holidays next! Rio for Carnivale might just happen!

  2. 5.5 million? A bargain 😛 I've never encountered Banana Republic but I had a whole wardrobe full of short summer dresses and strappy sandals like that when I was younger (mid-late twenties, cough-cough!) I still love all that stuff. Enjoy wearing it!

    1. It's a US brand, but it seems to have spread to Canada and Vietnam (don't recall seeing it anywhere else). But it's in the GAP group, which is now in Sydney, so who knows how long it'll be til Australia has one!

      I will make the most of these 'young' years hahaha!

  3. Sarah, you did really well on your shopping. Most people I know return from a vacation with much more than that. 🙂 As for your measuring cups, wipe with some baking soda and a damp rag, works well on good silver. I love your bowl too, just my color!

    I have to ask, what did 5.5 million translate to?

    1. It's a pretty big haul for me – but then, I do most clothes shopping when I'm away and relaxed, and have saved money up.

      I'll try baking soda on the cups when I think of it!

      5.5 million dong is $260 USD, but about $280 in AUD. (using xe.com)

  4. Love the stripy jumper!

    Well done on not going overboard. I never understand why people buy heaps of silk suits that they will never wear when they come home to Australia.

  5. I love both striped blue sweaters, they look really comfortable. I feel bad saying we have Banana Republic outlets all over here, and the stores are in all the malls. I've actually never been in one though, as I figured it was too expensive for me. Maybe I'll check it out after the holidays.

    1. BR is probably more expensive than many choices you have – but in Australia, everything is expensive, so BR seems 'reasonable' for the quality, the fabric and the fit. I'm sure if I saw them all the time, I'd be less in love with them, perhaps!!

      1. In Canada and the US, BR has 30-50% off sales often, both in their stores and online – otherwise I wouldn't be able to shop there – for example, I bought jeans for $52 which were regularly $80 Cdn. That is not cheap, but brings them down to department store prices.

    1. I had you in mind – not as a snoop, but you share all your buys with your readers. And yes, definitely need to go to Stripes Anonymous now!!

      Interestingly, I've never tried a coat at BR, and in Sydney, my need is minimal. I still have my French woolen coat since 2006 – the lining splits nowdays, but I just mend it as the wool part still looks fantastic!

      1. Clothing these days from Banana Republic or J. Crew has been dropping in quality. I just avoid buying certain things like coats from them.. but otherwise.. not much you can do except pay more / buy other brands. 🙂

  6. I'm surprised you had trouble finding metal measuring cups . . seems like something that'd be easy to find. (I actually got my set free by saving peanut butter labels – so weird, haha!)

    I love the tops with stripes! Glad to hear you were able to get such a good deal 🙂

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