"OMG, another useless item in my bedroom. I shall just chuck it away in the bin.”
Wait a minute. What if that eyesore of a figurine that you got when you were five might be key to a complete makeover of someone else’s bedroom?
The Singapore Really Really Free Market
is THE place where all this junk-ish stuff becomes awesome treasure for someone else. It’s really a place where you can lay down stuff you don’t want and take stuff that you’ve ALWAYS. LUSTED. FOR.
Trust me, I’m not talking about things that will make you curl in disgust. When I was on my way there, I had my suspicions as to were there any strings attached. It turns out that it’s really a gallery converted into a 'flea market'-like atmosphere!
Currently in its seventh time (WOW), this bi-monthly event at the ever-fab Post-Museum at Little India serves up surprises every time it’s held because you don’t know what’s going to be there. There’s like a ton (well, kinda) of A-MA-ZING funky clothes, jewellery, books and knick-knacks that you would find at an antique store.
YOU CAN KEEP YOUR MONEY NOW
I got my hands on a lovely Makansutra
guide to satisfy the foodie in me, and an antique ornament with Chinese lettering. AWESOME FINDS! :D
All the goods and services at this market were free, and no rental fees were charged. Sadly, the salon service was not available that day. Would have loved to get a new fab haircut to show everyone.
I sat down with Shao Han, 29, who did storytelling and poem writing for the event. He told me this story of cavemen and juices of wisdom, which got me cracking up. The dude’s got a good sense of humour.
If you’re the sort who has a gazillion questions about your life and more, Jason Tan, 24, does a freakily accurate tarot card reading. I mean, I was SHOCKED (to say the least) at what he said my current worries were. Down to the specifics. I’m so going there again.
HERE BE SER MING [LEFT], WHO ALSO GAVE OUT TAROT CARD READINGS FOR FREE
I spotted some very chic people looking for chic finds. Michelle Chua, 30, a drama teacher found a stunning collection of bohemian jewellery that was simply j’adore. Her friend, Rohani Razak, 51, lecturer, found the concept quite alluring in that the essence of recycling and possibly reducing consumerism, can be done through this creative method. I LIKE <3
Part of 'The Dream Team', Davis Lee, 40, likes the idea that the event promotes giving without the need to reciprocate. He had this to say: “Due to our growing pool of supporters, I make more friends through this. Once someone picks up your item, you can strike up a conversation with them over the item.” Agreed wholeheartedly!
The woman behind it all, Jennifer Teo, 34, director of Post-Museum, believes this is the way forward. She relates: “The Really Really Free Market is a concept that has been around in the U.S. already. If we can get people together to share and give and, in the process, redistribute wealth, this can bring out the good in people.” Something I’d really like to see :)
Her take on the event: “This event is really really cool!”
PHOTOS: DAVIS LEE, POST-MUSEUM
The Singapore Really Really Free Market is a bi-monthly event. Get updated on upcoming dateshere