Info from Shanghai – Essentials like Clothes and Shoes

Again, I will start by thanking Paul and Lisa Witzel for all the help they have given me. They have answered numerous questions and spent 1 hour on Skype with me talking through some ideas. What will it be like? What will the kids miss? What will I need to get before we go? What can we get there?

Bottom line from Lisa reverberated with me. “You can get anything you need there”.  But there is always a “but”. But will the cost be more than I want to pay. Certain things will be cheaper in Shanghai, but other things will be more expensive. With only two suitcases each, we need to be selective about what to bring and what to buy when we get there.

The good news, IKEA has a store there and is opening one very close to where we will live in Pudong.  The bad news, my daughter learned that they use slave labor and doesn’t want to buy anything there.  The good news, besides “Under Armour” brand clothes and maybe a few others, my family is not a big “BRAND” clothes family.

By the way, if you are an tall American, you won’t be able to find lots of choices for clothing there.  My daughter 5’2″ and son 5’1″ will not have a problem.  But 5’10” woman and 6’1″ man should bring all clothes and shoes with them.  Again you can find them, but the choices will be limited. We have also been told by our friends the Cody’s to bring with anything of high quality.  Many things are available in Asia, but are not manufactured to last.


About toniobarton

Toni Olivieri-Barton has been teaching 21st Century Skills to adults and children for over 20 years. She has worked in the education field for the last 10 years. She currently is a Director of Global and Tech Integration at Fountain Valley School. Her last job was as a librarian/media specialist and IB Coordinator at Woodmen-Roberts Elementary School in Colorado Springs. She facilitated all 2nd through 5th graders to have an opportunity to flatten their learning by connecting with students from around the world. Previously, she worked in Shanghai, China as technology coordinator at Shanghai Community International School. During the past 10 years Toni has assisted three school districts with staff development. In 2016, Toni was also featured in the book “The Global Collaborator” by Julie Lindsay. In 2011 she won an ISTE Award in On-Line Learning. Toni holds a BA in Philosophy and a minor in Mathematics from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Toni finished her Master's in Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado. As a Flat Classroom Certified Teacher, Edmodo Ambassador and Certified Trainer, and Graphite Certified Educator, Toni has brought global collaboration projects to her new school. She has also maintains a blog about technology integration. She will continue to bring her global collaboration experience to wherever her future takes her. In her spare time, Toni likes to hike, read, quilt and practice yoga.
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One Response to Info from Shanghai – Essentials like Clothes and Shoes

  1. codycambodia says:

    Hee hee thanks for the mention… can not wait to follow your travels and we are already thinking about the best time to visit Shanghai next school year! Miss you guys

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