17 September 2013

Hong Kong at a Glance {5} | Sham Shui Po



My friend and I went to Sham Shui Po for a photo walk, but ended up mostly shopping instead!   I’d needed to get some red yarn and tassels to help make the kids’ Chinese lanterns for Mid-Autumn Festival.  She had needed to get some fabric to make a top for her daughter.

Ribbons-(1)

Every time I go to Sham Shui Po, I am overwhelmed by the variety of things that one can get there for a fraction of the price that one would usually pay over in town.  Every time I go there, I get lost (literally and figuratively).  I just let my feet lead me from one street down the other, from one shop down the next… and I often end up having to ask for directions back to the MTR station.

Fabric-samples-(1)

This trip, we mainly stayed around the fabric market, along Yu Chau Street.  Just seeing the pretty fabric samples all hanging there makes me wish that I could sew well.

Leather-shop-(1)

We also came across this one shop that sells leather… makes me wish I know how to make a bag!

Bolts-of-fabric-(1)

The fabrics, the ribbons, the beads, the buttons, the threads… they make my head spin.  The prices are great, the selection quite wide.  I was very tempted to get yards and yards of fabric, but in the end got only a couple yards of some light cotton to make some table napkins.  At HK$8 (US$1!) per yard, one could easily go crazy.  The next time I will make a trip there, I will go with a plan (of what to make), so that I will know what I’ll need to get and how much.  It’s too easy to be tempted into getting everything, because the prices are so reasonable.


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