Super Hong Kong vintage shopping challenge

July 11, 2014

On a clammy Saturday afternoon in June, we stumbled across some very cheap clothes bargains on the market streets in Kowloon (Fa Yuen Street, or “Sneakers Street”, in Mong Kok to be exact).

As the prices were so low to begin with, the concept of haggling (as is expected on the market streets) doesn’t even enter into the equation.

So we decided that we could have fun with the bargains: Let’s challenge ourselves to see how far a small amount of cash will get us. One thrift store where we found a lot of bargains is Mee & Gee – Rails and rails of clothes and accessories beginning at prices as low as HK$5 (65 cents).

Below are the day’s purchases with individual prices, comments, and our ratings out of five stars for the value for money. Enjoy!

☁ -diarmuid (& kristin)

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ITEM #1
Description: Mint silk dress
Cost: HK$100 ($13)
Comment: Looks like something from Alice in Wonderland. Very whimsical with lovely lace detail.
Rating: 4 stars

ITEM #2
Description: Full length navy blue dress with colorful star patterns
Cost: HK$20
Comment: Vintage design. Perfect for “lollygagging” in the garden during the summer. Soft cotton. Retro 1960s feel.
Rating: 3 stars

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ITEM #3
Description: Peach dress, comes to just below knees
Cost: HK$20
Comment: Mint condition quality silk for very low price ($2.50 people!!!). Looks like it’s from the 1940s.
Rating: 5 stars

ITEM #4
Description: Pineapple croptop
Cost: HK$50
Comment: Modern, fun, and colorful. Pineapples are in this summer, cos, uh, we said so!
Rating: 3 stars

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ITEM #5
Description: Peach blouse with retro dot pattern
Cost: HK$10
Comment: Vintage style with bow. Very cute.
Rating: 4 stars

ITEM #6
Description: Fruity red dress
Cost: HK$160
Comment: Looks like something you’d see in holiday snaps from Hawaii from decades ago. Very cool.
Rating: 3 stars

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ITEM #1
Description: Blue “Green Hills” t-shirt
Cost: HK$10
Comment: Like something you’d see in a 90s skate video. Radical.
Rating: 5 stars

ITEM #2
Description: Stripy t-shirt
Cost: HK$20
Comment: Purple stripe at the top kind of throws the other colors. An average find.
Rating: 3 stars

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ITEM #3
Description: “Cheerful dinner makes us smile” t-shirt
Cost: HK$20
Comment: Bizarre but fun slogan for a t-shirt. A quirky find.
Rating: 4 stars

ITEM #4
Description: Short-sleeved stripy shirt
Cost: HK$30
Comment: This is like something your dad would’ve worn in the 70s. Full marks as it ticks all the boxes: Retro! vintage! quirky!
Rating: 5 stars

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ITEM #5
Description: “Money, please born money for me after getting married” zipper pouch
Cost: HK$40
Comment: Another bizarre slogan. Very Chinese. Very awesome.
Rating: 4 stars

ITEM #6
Description: Fox button badge
Cost: HK$10
Comment: What does the fox say? Buy this badge. Done.
Rating: 2 stars