Thursday, 20 February 2014

Second Life

I just found out about a neat website called, where "jup yeah" means take or pick up things in Cantonese.

If you have some stuff at home and don't know what to do with it or who to give it to, then you can upload pictures of it on this website and add a brief description.

Then if someone is interested in your stuff, they will contact you through the website and then the two of you can arrange a mutually agreed time to meet and pass over the goods.

You can also request things on the site and hope that someone will reply. When I last looked someone was looking for a khaki scarf, another for a piano!

Most items are clothes, handbags, shoes, and baby items.

JupYeah started on Boxing Day 2011 when a few friends got together to have a swap party and now the public event has some 1,000 attendees. Last year they put the concept on line so that swapping can happen virtually anywhere, anytime.

It's a great concept, particularly in Hong Kong where it's mostly known as a city of material consumption. Everywhere there are advertisements taunting people to buy, buy, buy and then many do succumb to retail therapy.

But then where do they put all that stuff? Or perhaps you receive gifts from people that aren't much use to you, but perhaps someone else would want it. JupYeah is the perfect place for that too.

The main thing is that the items you upload onto JupYeah should be in relatively good condition and something someone will find useful.

The person who told me about this website explained that every December she receives many calendars from clients and doesn't know what to do with them because she only needs one.

So she advertised them on JupYeah and it turns out many students responded, saying they'd like to have these calendars. So she arranged a time to meet them in Central and distributed them. She was pleased to see so many happy faces.

It's heartening to see that there are people in Hong Kong trying to do their bit to reduce consumption and waste in the city and that I too have an option of knowing where to give away decent stuff that someone else might need.

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