Ethos

World Savage has a life of its own, as if it wants to do what it wants to do, and we are just here to move it along in that direction. WeΒ started off as Goblin Market, then we became I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, then Stevie General Store, and then finally World Savage.

We have done many things over the years, but the truth is, everything is World Savage. World Savage is our roots – everything we do comes from this same place.

And in 2017, World Savage wants to do what it wants to do.

When 2015 comes, we will continue what has already begun in the year 2014…
a small, barefoot life.
Not yet half a year has passed since our last update but we have been much inspired by the on-goings of the $$$-making scene in Singapore.

Humility is difficult with horn-tooters. Why do we have to tell others what to think of us? They should come to whatever conclusions themselves; people are not stupid. Wait. But they are; they are only stupid because they are belittled into ‘target audience’. The idea of people as free-thinking is debased. Advertising is the demon.

On the same wave is a recent observation – writers who write for effect. For a long time writers have been writing for effect. It’s one of the things writers do. But, but, but, we as readers must question if some writers are manipulating our opinions by their smart-mouthed, classy ways of writing. The pen is mightier than the sword and these writers not only know it, but know how to wield it for vainglory. Ok, ok, cut to the chase you say. Say what you mean and mean what you say.

Over time, essays and insights are just what they are, essays and insights of their time. Toots are the worst; they are archaic at the moment of inception.

Over time, only Poetry endures. And some novels πŸ™‚

Not yet one year has passed since the last update and today I realized we have grown a little different, so here we will remember.

The single and most powerful thought being, how I think it is ok to consider a thing purely from the way it looks/exists. How an object or artifact sits there yet does nothing else; how that makes me feel. For instance the Victorian ointment pots I like to collect – these ceramic pots are a century old and I could use them as pencil or pen holders, while they sit nice-looking on the table. But what if they don’t hold anything or be used for anything, other than being found by me and felt by me? We are now ok with this, and (un)fortunately, we feel ourselves growing with both the freedom and despondency of keeping something for the sake of feeling something (!) Do I even make sense at all?

This also means that we will be collecting more and more things that others view as ‘decorative’, without much real use. This would up our collecting quotient but picture us as arty types of found objects. I think we will be happy with that for now, until we find a better way of feeling the energy between objects, the cosmos, and us.

Things are here as part of the collection. We would keep if nobody bought them. This comes to us as a freedom. The despondency is the stereotype in collectors of found objects; the despondency is also the language of found objects. Their world is a lonely, lovely one.

World Savage is not the savage world. We have said this repeatedly because there is a world of difference between the two. World Savage is not the world; it is a worldview.

Media and even education implore us to deny our savage nature. World Savage is the acceptance of our savage nature. Savaging is salvaging with intent, an active act of salvaging.

Salvaging can be blind; savaging requires thought and immediacy. Many of us keep buying things, and after using them for a while, we keep them aside thinking we would need them in the future. But that is not true. We forget about them and the cycle of buying and accumulating begins all over.

World Savage is about savaging, in that we encourage people to collect things, not just buying and accumulating. We collect things that have a soul, things that were thoughtfully and delightfully made. Once upon a time, there were fewer choices. If you wanted a teapot you chose a teapot made by somebody nearby or in the community. This person made teapots to sell to his market; he did not make many. Today buying a teapot is choosing amongst 20 teapots. These teapots are likely to be mass-produced; their parts likely to come together from everywhere. That’s how something loses its soul. There is no single heart and mind to it, because each facility produces just a part. The thought that it’s going to become a teapot does not even matter to the persons working in each facility.

Soulless things are cheap. They can be made cheaply precisely because they are soulless. And because they are soulless, we do not find it difficult to discard it after a while. However, producing a soulless object still takes from our world, never mind that it gives little back. World Savage does not sell cheap things, because everything in the store is soulful. We put our soul into salvaging and savaging for these things. People always tell us that we have a peaceful store. Come see it for yourself.

If we surround ourselves with sentiments and not just objects, our lives are enriched and somehow, a little more peaceful.

This is why we would like to encourage seeing old things as useful/peaceful and not just decorative. Because we are all savages, we like tactile things and are drawn to things curious to us. The past is definitely the only thing curious to us. You can’t touch the future.

World Savage is denying the savage world but not denying our savage nature. We curate items that encourage curiosity, thought, and play.

The savage world buys, uses and throws, conveniently. World Savage stands defiant to this savage world. We adopt this worldview because we are inspired by people, and hope to inspire others, who have the willpower to do what they want and not just something that pays the bills.

Many people have told us they prefer our old name, Stevie General Store. Stevie is a very likeable name, whereas World Savage sounds, savage! Yet World Savage is actually very much like Stevie, except with an even stauncher worldview… It was good while it lasted.

We are born into this savage world. And although this world is really only one world, you can choose to escape! The choice is an active one. If you do not make a choice, you will live the default life.

If you are still not convinced, here is a list of celebrities and minor celebrities who share our worldview:

  1. Adrian A. Mole
  2. Charlie Brown
  3. Emily Dickinson
  4. John Lennon
  5. Stevie Smith
  6. J.R. Ackerley
  7. Gandalf

(to be updated as inspiration strikes)

A good part of this general store is old. Old being vintage, old being antique. Collecting and selling vintage is itself a strong statement, for what we believe in, and how we see our roles as responsible and sentimental beings in this fast-paced world.

When we first started, we only wanted to sell vintage. We did not think why or how. We collected and sold vintage clothing and items because I wear a lot of secondhand clothing and we both loved vintage stores above all other shopping possibilities. One day we realise on this path of hoarding we have gradually collected and grown to love bone, ivory, teeth and antler. These are all old, but living in this complex world, we also realise ‘old’ must have a definition.

Our ethos is this: we will sell only exotic items as old as our lives in this world; we will not sell exotic items after 1980. In fact, most of our exotic items age before the 1970s. We give 30 years to ourselves in the memory of an animal’s life in this life of vintage passion – we hope you somewhat share our belief.

If you do, wear and pass on their intimate value. They are old, wise and serve as reminders to our deeds past, present and tomorrow.

Business Registration 53068071L. Use this world but desire heaven.

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