Hand Painted Purple Piggy Bank

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Part of the fun of finding inventory at second hand venues, i.e. garage sales, swap meets, estate sales is the element of intrigue [always an engaging curiosity about how, when, where or by whom was this thing used] and the element of surprise [you never know what you are going to discover about the object or artifact]. In this way, I feel a little bit like a scientist, maybe a social scientist!

Awhile back I found this awesome hand painted purple piggy bank. The beauty of this simple little object caught my eye. In an instant I flashed back to when I was a little girl and loved using piggy banks. I always preferred the banks that were actually pigs! This is some pig!

Purple Piggy Bank

The ears are so perfectly shaped and the handle is a lovely enhancement to an already perfect pig.

Hand Painted Purple Piggy Bank

And come on! Who can resist this little pig tail?!

Purple Piggy Bank

Anyway, about this pig, I did a little research and discovered that this piggy bank is a “Mayabella” design, hand painted and made in Yucatan, Mexico. I also discovered that they were available during the early 1990’s. I’ve only been able to find about 3 of them, including the one I have pictured here. This Mayabella pig is really a one of kind piggy bank; it stands out from the crowd of piggy banks out there. While it stands out among the crowd, the celestial design is a classic.

This pig is available for sale at my shop, TheWeeBitThings.

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