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Spotlight: Dreams Flea Market

Shanghai’s newest flea market breathes life into Taikang Terrace Blog

Up to now, Taikang Terrace has been something of an empty promise, despite its plum location and stunning architecture.Whether due to soaring rents or lack of footfall or some indefinable bad feng shui, many of the ground floor tenants (including The Scripture, part of our Best Shops feature) have upped and left just months after it opened, turning the place into a sad shell. All that looks set to change though now that Shanghai’s newest flea market has moved in.

Set up by freelance creative Sisi Yu, the market celebrated its second outing last weekend and looks set to be a permanent monthly fixture, despite some bellyaching from vendors about the cost of pitches. Like Hongkou’s long-running 1933 flea market, there’s a truly mixed bag of items on offer. The only criteria are that goods must be either secondhand – ostensibly to forestall opportunists from buying Taobao tat and selling it straight on at a mark-up – or of the stallholder’s own design.

Some of the stallholders, like local fashion blogger Ciga Zhou, simply come to flog the overflow from their well-stocked wardrobes, while others, including Yu’s photographer husband Ken Goh, use it as a platform to display their own creations – Goh’s miniature cityscapes, shot using a tilt-shift technique, go for around 999RMB.

On our visit, we spied the usual clutch of ‘40s and ‘50s style patterned polyester dresses, which go for around 150-200RMB, kooky knitted jumpers, shoes (Bally court shoes, 250RMB), handbags, custom-made collars (we picked up a pearl-bedecked version for 100RMB) and adorable handmade lapel pins (15RMB/each). You can also find vinyl, notebooks, posters and photographic prints. Our favourite discovery, though, was a new accessories designer who fashions quirky pieces from the ‘rings’ of deflated balloons (around 100RMB).

There are several food and drink stands to keep you fed and watered on your rounds– on our visit these included toothsome-looking Singaporean street food, homemade cupcakes and adorable Hello Kitty-inspired cookies by Super Yoyo, chased with a surprisingly decent cup of coffee (10RMB).

 

A fun, buzzy mix of locals, expats and the odd rescue dog, the market looks sure to grow and grow, with plans to invite SCAA (Second Chance Animal Aid) or JAR (Jaiya’s Animal Rescue) to the next event. If you’re a fan of a bargain, and you don’t fancy trekking out to Hongkou, this is a more than worthy alternative.

Dreams Flea Market is held every month at Taikang Terrace (169 Jianguo Zhong Lu, near Ruijin Er Lu) on the third Saturday of the month, but this may be subject to change. Contact info@dreamsfactory.asia or follow weibo.com/dreamsfactory for information and updates.

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