The porcelain panda nobody wanted

pandaI was dusting a while back when I found this porcelain panda on a bookshelf. I couldn’t remember seeing him before (I’m assuming it’s a boy panda), so I asked my wife about him.

She couldn’t remember seeing him before, either.


“I think he was my grandmother’s.”

“Which one?”

“I don’t know.”

“How’d he get here?”

“I don’t know.”

“Can I sell him on eBay?”


I figured someone out there probably collects Goebel porcelain pandas, but no one wanted him.

He was kind of cute, so I put him on the shelf in Thing 2’s room. Over the weekend, Thing 2 decided to clear his room of baby stuff  (he’s about to turn 7 and isn’t a baby anymore), so the panda is now homeless again.

Clearly, the panda didn’t magically appear in our home. Someone made a conscious decision to bring him in and place him on the shelf, probably because, at the time, he had sentimental value, although not enough that anyone can remember why we thought he was worth keeping.

I should go ahead and toss him, but I can’t, because he’s become the Panda We Keep Moving from Room to Room Because No One Wants Him. He has a backstory. He’s become part of family lore.

Besides, look at those eyes. How could I throw out something with such big eyes?

18 thoughts on “The porcelain panda nobody wanted

  1. Aw, he is seriously cute and very well might be worth something one day. That’s usually why things like this are allowed to hang around and gather dust. That, or we can’t remember why but we know it has sentimental value — to someone or other. At least he isn’t hideous like a staring-eye-doll!

  2. As soon as I read you should just throw him away I thought, “Oh no, you’ll hurt his feelings – and after all he’s been through! Poor little unwanted bear.” But I’m crazy like that.

  3. Personally, I think you are being punk’d. Someone came over and put that on your shelf to see what you would do. Would you notice? Would you move it? Would you sell it? Would you slowly be driven mad wondering where on earth this panda came from? Someone is torturing you, my friend. Keep an eye on your friends.

  4. Love this post! I’d be thrilled to give him a good home – $25 donation to a charity of your choosing or $10 cash in your pocket. Then again, it could be a priceless family heirloom.

  5. I’m going to start a storage service. People will pay a nominal one-off fee and I will take care of their ‘things I don’t want in my house but can’t bring myself to throw away’. I think we need a word for those. Of course I will wait a little while and then secretly take them all to the dump. It’s for their own good.

  6. My mom’d want him, I think. But since he’s yours, I’ll respect your choice to keep him (why can’t it be a girl panda?) and leave him (her?) to you for moving from room to room.

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