Vendors lay out their goods for sale at last September's Your Secondhand Life market. Photo by Jessie Levene.
For one day only the Hemp House will be transformed into a community fair with food, drinks, music, and all kinds of bric-a-brac for sale. The bar will be serving special drinks and drink specials all day long, including fresh fruit smoothies and juices, lemonade, iced tea, and 15-kuai draft beer.
Bake sale—an integral part of any flea market. Cupcakes from Red Cloud's Bakery. Photo by Jessie Levene.
If you haven't come by to see the Hemp House's new, bigger and better space, there are few better opportunities to see it in action. Having received an overwhelming response on Chinese social-networking site Douban.com, Your Secondhand Life has decided to utilize both the inside and outside spaces to accommodate an unprecedentedly large number of vendors selling their wares as well as a lot of people in general coming to browse and hang out.
Organizers are keeping mum about what exactly is in store for Sunday, but they have dropped a few hints:
Books! Lots of secondhand books from abroad!
Performance art with scissors
At least 40 independent vendors duking it out for spaces to sell their goods
Interactive live crafting and DIYing
Cupcakes, muffins, and bagels
Unplugged musical performances
In all likelihood, a spontaneous drum circle
Lots of secondhand clothes and books for sale
Old-fashioned bartering (goods for goods)
Maybe some actual fleas as well
Shoppers rummage through secondhand clothes, books, and household goods at the last market. Photo by Jessie Levene.
With its first market in 2007 at the Jah Bar, Your Secondhand Life holds events several times a year and has gained a following among both foreigners and locals alike. The event was borne after a spring-cleaning session at one of the organizers' homes and aims to provide a venue for exchange of secondhand goods as well as support and promote local small business, artists, and crafters.
Your Secondhand Life market starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday and runs until 8 p.m. at the Hemp House.
The organizers kindly request that early gate crashers contain their excitement and arrive no earlier than 2 p.m.