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Sunday, October 12, 2014

things you didn't know about YELLOW PIGS

Who knew?
A few years ago a customer, a retired physics professor from Cornell whose son had gone to Princeton (smart upon SMART), wanted a yellow piggy bank.  I means something.  Really!  You know how math people are....somehow yellow pigs represent the number 17 which... anyway, read it here.

Germans like to give pigs or piggy banks for the new year as good luck.  Probably because if you had a pig in the fall which became sausages you probably figured you probably wouldn't starve that winter or something.

In my own case, I made my first piggy banks in 1989 (I have the 3rd one I ever made still) after seeing somebody else's.  A bottle turned on its side and decorated, YES!  I used to order corks by the hundred and let me tell you, I made quite a few....well, thousands, wholesale by the dozens.  It was also the first thing I ever sculpted. So, if you see my sign, it has a pig throwing a pot.  I don't wholesale them anymore, they are just too easy to sell, why should I split profits with stores? Keep all that money for me me ME! Ahem.

Heres to pigs and good fortune!

(piggy banks by Gary Rith)


Hilary said...

The yellow pig thing is new to me.. but yours are adorable.

smartcat said...

A first! I've seen spotted pigs, striped pigs, white pigs, pink pigs, red pigs, blue pigs, black pigs, but never a yellow pig! Such handsome fellows!
Pigs are a Swedish Thing at Christmas. Probably for the reason you give.

Michèle Hastings said...

I didn't know the yellow pig thing either, thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

CUTE! And they look like the perfect size for a pig bank.

smalltownme said...

I did know about yellow pig day but then I have sons who are math people.

Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...

Yellow pigs? Who knew? Not me, that's who didn't know.

Very cool. I love me some Gary Rith piggy banks, as you know.

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