Yesterday we were at Car boot Sales in Maeps, MARDI Serdang (where they do MAHA exhibition). Doesn't sound traveling, does it?
We were there to sell our personal items such as magazines, CDs, jeans, clothes and our own collection of posters. The organizer wanted the place to be The Biggest Car Boot Sale. Yes, the place is big and there're many vendors selling all sort of items. But... what they're lack of is the meaning of Car Boot sales itself. In our opinion, Car boot sales involve selling items from the back of your car. In England, that is how they began. Car boot sales used to be a small gathering of people who filled the back of their cars with goods that they wanted to dispose of and set up a trading stall in the hope that they could make a few pennies from their unwanted goods. Car boot sales have now become big business. Think of them as an offline version of EBay. As for us yesterday, sorry to say.. it's look like a "pasar malam" a bit.
As we're browsing yesterday, there're not many really understood the meaning of it (there're a few I should give them Thumbs Up!) For me, not them to be blamed. It is just not our culture to wear and appreciate 2nd hand goods. As we speak Go Green, Recycle and Reuse but we ourselves don't really into it. I must salute places like Cash Converters (link), Amcorp Mall Flea Market (for us, this is still the best place)(link), Alam Flora Recycle Centre (link) and a few others for helping us to appreciate and understand the concept of 2nd hand goods and recycling. Actually, we have been doing recycling for more than 5 years, collecting newspaper, magazine, plastic bottles from our families' home and workplace. Thank you to all our friends(even to my boss) and families who are helping and still helping us doing that. (Besides benefit the planet, it contributes a bit on our trip's budget...he...he.... no pain no gain).
Anyway, that's okay, we're still going back there again next week. It is open from 3pm - 10.30pm every Saturday. Car boot sales can be great fun if you are a buyer or a seller. As with everything else in life you need to be selective and not buy something you don’t need, unless you want to have your own stall at this car boot sales next week! If you guys out there have something nice and useable, should give it a try. The rent is cheap and all you need to do is Open your car boot and you're on business.
Planning our next backpack in August, insyaAllah... Stay Tuned!