Deep Talk about second hand shops深訪二手店

Tom Tam and Yun-Shiuan Hsieh, 17–08–2015, Urban Nomads, Interview for second hand shops

Today, we visited two second hand shops: Community Recycling Coop (Branch Shop) 社區二手店(分店) founded by Industrial Relation Institute (勞資關係協進會) and “神恩環保二手店”. They both are located at Lai Chi Kok Road.

For the Community Recycling Coop, they have been here for 12 years; they sale plenty of second hand goods, such as shoes, towels, accessories … etc. The head office takes responsibility to collect new goods and materials. Besides, they do not repair electronic device because of lack of worker.

Customers can use membership card to buy goods and materials. They will be rebated 1 credit as $1 dollar after they spent every $10 dollars. The shop also builds a network among the customers since they would inform the members to come their different events and activities. Apart from that, they also show a poster about how to recycle the goods and materials when they received.

For another second hand shop “神恩環保二手店”, they were busy to sale furniture and dinning utensils. After buying or receiving stuffs from the original host, and then they will clear and repair goods. We saw that their goods are clear and the quality is good.

Tom Tam, 17–08–2015, Urban Nomads, Interview Reflection

Why do they recycle and sale the second hand materials in Sham Shui Po? The reasons I think is to completely make use of market for inexpensive goods demand. SSP centralizes the relative poor people and the price of second hand goods is relative low in sale. Thus, the collecting and distributing center is suitable to establish in SSP. These shops can form a local network among the customer and provide the goods they need in reasonable price. This is what the form of community is.

In our stories, the homeless guys may not consume anything in these second hand shops because materially they seem to be satisfied. However, if they leave the homeless community and reintegrate the social community, there are already shops that can maintain their living quality partially. This is important in the district.