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Monday, 27 January 2014

Residents turn traders at boot sale

Most of the traders at the car boot sale live in Taman Puncak Jalil and have interesting items to offer visitors.

Most of the traders at the car boot sale live in Taman Puncak Jalil and have interesting items to offer visitors.

A treasure trove of pre-loved goodies at a unique car boot sale has residents of Taman Puncak Jalil eager to shop on Sunday mornings.

Touted to be the only car boot sale in Puchong, the weekly event is organised by the Taman Puncak Jalil residents’ association with the support of the Subang Municipal Council (MPSJ).

RA president Zainuddin Zainal said the idea to organise the weekly event was a request from the residents.

He said he decided to take up the challenge and organise the event at the shoplots along Jalan PUJ 3/13 Taman Puncak Jalil.

History lover Tuan Faaeh Tuan Yaacob,47, (right) showing off his collection to Taman Puncak Jalil Residents Association president Zainuddin Zainal (second from left) and an interested buyer
Tuan Faaeh (right) showing off his collection to Taman Puncak Jalil Residents’ Association president Zainuddin Zainal (second from left) and an interested buyer.

There are some 53 cars since the sale began two weeks ago and 80% of the traders are residents eager to spend some time socialising with neighbours.

Zainuddin said the sale was a great way for people to dispose of their old items that were still in good condition.

“People who participate learn about business and it is a great way to get to know other residents in the neighbourhood as well,” he said.

The response from shoppers, he said, has been overwhelming and they had received some 300 visitors on the first day. Their next aim is get to at least 500 people.

Zainuddin is confident the traders will be able to draw in the crowd, especially since 70% of the items are used.

One of the more unique traders was history lover, Tuan Faaeh Tuan Yaacob, 47, who was spotted wearing a German military cap.

Shamsul Bahareen Hassan,36, insists on bringing something new every  week.  He changes the concept for the  sales and concentrates on one range every week.
Shamsul Bahareen insists on bringing something new every week. He changes the concept for the sales and concentrates on one range every week.

Tuan Faaeh, who sells old newspapers from the war years, miniature planes and paper clips, said his aim was to educate visitors to his stall about history.

“I want to teach them about the war and how it has developed technology. Youngsters these days are not well versed in history,” said Tuan Faaeh.

Buying off the Internet sometimes led to clothes and shoes that did not fit, so the boot sale gave Khairunnisa Mat Hasan an opportunity to sell off those purchases.

The 39-year-old said she had a room full of unused items that could be disposed of.

“It is a great way for us to clean our room and earn a little income on the side,” she added.

Her husband is also selling off his large collection of photography magazines.

Mohd Akhmal Abd Manaf 42, selling his baby walker at the Car boot sale
Mohd Akhmal Abd Manaf, 42, selling a baby walker at the car boot sale.

Shamsul Bahareen Hassan, 36, insists on bringing something new every week. He changes the concept for the sales and concentrates on one range every week.

“Our first week, we sold off the strollers and the second week, we were selling children’s shoes. I believe that way we have something new to offer every time,” he added.

The children’s shoes are all well kept and have been refurbished to ensure it is fit for re-sale.

Visitor Suzana Ibrahim, 38, said she was there to get things for her children.

The mother of three children, aged eight, four and four months, she said children outgrow their clothes and shoes so fast and it can be an expensive affair.

“It is cheaper and cost effective. We cannot expect it to be perfect because they are pre-loved items. However, the items here are in good condition,” Suzana said.

Having been to other car boot sales in Damansara and Lembah Keramat, she hopes the event in Taman Puncak Jalil would sell more rare and antique items soon.

Tags / Keywords: Central Region , Family Community , Car Boot Sale , Taman Puncak Jalil

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