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.


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.


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.


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


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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