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I know, I KNOW. It’s always tempting to shop with all the new and trendy clothes everywhere, especially when it feels like they are always on sale. But we have to face facts! Our planet is suffering and fast fashion is a major source of harmful greenhouse gases, not to mention that landfills all over the globe are full of our discarded clothes. In Hong Kong, more than 300 tonnes of garments are thrown away every day, making up around 3% of the daily amount of textile waste in landfills. Word on the street is that the city’s landfills will be full by 2020 so it’s seriously time to make a change!
If going naked is the most sustainable option (!), buying pre-owned items is definitely a close second, so we’ve gathered a list of the city’s hidden spots to get good quality secondhand clothing below. Who needs new clothes for the new year? Not us!
Established in 2008, Green Ladies is a social eco-enterprise selling a selection of like-new clothing on consignment. The shop in Wan Chai is not your typical secondhand store. It’s clean and modern and all the clothes are sorted by colour. From basic everyday items to special occasion wear, you can easily find what you want from head to toe for a bargain price.
Green Ladies (Wan Chai), Shop 8-9, UG, C C Wu Shopping Arcade, Wanchai, Hong Kong (Wanchai MTR Exit A2)
Green Ladies (Sai Ying Pun), G/F, No. 168 Queen’s Road West Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong (Sai Ying Pun MTR Exit A1)
More details on the Green Ladies website
It’s hard to miss the shocking yellow doorway of Hipster 9. You will spy vintage luxury items from jewellery to clothes in good condition. Some items are on consignment while others are sourced by the shop owner. The name says it all- this is a place for hipsters (& fashion lovers).
Hipster 9, G/F, Shop A4, 2-8 Lok Ku Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
More details on their Facebook page
Founded by 4 young professionals, 2hand sells mainly branded secondhand clothing. To make sure the quality, every pre-owned piece was collected and checked carefully by the founders before it goes to customers. For those who are lazy to check out their physical store in Kwun Tong, you can also shop on their website or carousell.
2hand, C3, 4/F, Yip Win Factory Building, 10 Tsun Yip Lane, Kwun Tong, Kowloon
More details on their website
For those who are obsessed with the 1950s-1980s, make sure to visit this gem! tiny little shop Grannie Kiddie is based in Tsim Sha Tsui and as you can probably tell from the shop name, they sell a selection of granny-chic pieces that are perfect for those who love to mix & match.
Grannie Kiddie, B21, TST Plaza, 45-51 Chatham Rd S, Tsim Sha Tsui
They have a special opening schedule, more details on their Instagram page
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