14 years ago, when I was studying in Bradford, UK, I occasionally visit Car Boot Sales (CBS) in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Last year’s summer, I went to Newcastle, UK, attending a research attachment and again, almost every weekends, we visited several CBS in Hexham, Blaydon, Seaham and Whitley Bay (different day, different location) as part of our family activities.
Importance of CBS
CBS play an important role in providing a social point for the resale and reuse of items that would otherwise be destined for landfill or junk accumulation in our house. In UK, there are hundreds of CBS taking place each week. During the spring and summer month, all across the UK CBS open their gates and communities come together to sift through each overs unwanted items. Previously visitors do not have to pay but from my recent visit last year, a small fee are charged to visitors. Nonetheless the fees are negligible compared to the value of goods you may bring home from CBS.
CBS set themselves apart from traditional markets in many ways, perhaps most noticeably because the majority of goods are the general public’s unwanted private belongings and not new goods. CBS goods are also much less rigid on prices and encourage the age-old tradition of bartering that was once associated with medieval markets.
In the early years, CBS where typified as being the pastime pursuits of the less well off, cousins to the more traditional jumble-sales. However, in a short time, they have grown to become important community focal points and their impact on recycling has been acknowledged by professional and government groups.
Among other direct and indirect benefits of CBS are that it teaches the youngsters the value of things. This occur when parents encourage their children to sell off old toys in order to save for new ones. On top of that, CBS teaches the concept of reduce, reuse and recycle. Besides that, visitors are open to various cheap and good used products. I still remember purchasing my first leather jacket that I still used until now for just 10 quid. There were more items that not only myself, but my wife and kids purchased at CBS.
Due to its unique feature, the car boot phenomenon is thriving across the UK and has spreaded its wings into other countries.
CBS in Malaysia?
When we returned back to Malaysia, I personally missed the CBS culture. My wife feels the same. We was really hoping that CBS culture will develop and be active in Malaysia. I saw that coming in Johor Bahru when JOHO regularly organized CBS on a monthly basis. Then, UTM once or perhaps few times organized CBS as well. Unfortunately, UTM’s CBS halted for reasons that I was not sure about.
Fortunately, I found out that CBS culture is consistently pursued in Taman Pulai Indah, Johor but in the name of GoodsCycle.org. I have not been to the event yet, but I will surely visit Pulai Indah’s Good Cycle soon to see how it is like. From the archived photos available in the official website, Goods Cycle seems just like the CBS in UK. That’s fantastic. That’s brilliant. And yes, those who are pretty much attached with Facebook can check out Goods Cycle facebook page here.
Goods Cycle in Taman Pulai Indah as well as few other places in Malaysia is a weekly event. So far, I understand that the event takes place every Saturday morning from 7am to 11 am. A fee as little as RM5 is charged per unit or there are also group registration, if required. Registration can be easily made online. It is really good knowing that this is a weekly activity.
Goods Cycle Emerging as a Sustainable Culture
Goodscycle, as mentioned in the official website, is a non-profit organization focusing on helping people recycle their pre-loved goods. They are a group a people interested in bringing the community together through sharing pre loved goods while doing charity. They have previously started toying with the ideas of doing garage sales in Malaysia, Johor to be specific and found that generally, people are interested in the idea but it seems like nobody is willing to start.
GoodsCycle.org is about bringing people together to start a garage sale or CBS so that people can de clutter their house by selling all their pre owned goods while interacting with the members of the community. The idea initially began when a group of mosque committee members were trying to collect fund for the development of their local mosque in Taman Pulai Indah. Then, it turned out that they received good feedback about the event.
Since the first Goods Cycle @ CBS in Taman Pulai Indah, the carbon copy of it commenced in Bukit Mahkota. Should they keep on receiving good feedback, I believe this event will spread all over Malaysia. Without doubt, this is truly a sustainable act where people eliminate their own unwanted belonging by giving it away economically to a new owner. The unwanted items or pre loved are not dumped anywhere. They are just “recycled” to a new owner. Good Cycle is about protecting the environment, gathering and mingling with society, strengthening family bonds, recycling items, giving charity, envisaging discipline virtues, waking up early in weekends (LOL) and more than that. Aren’t all of this sustainable culture in the making?
If you dwell nearby and would like to participate in the Goods Cycle program, here are some of the basic guidelines.
Reminder to Seller:-
- Event will start around 7am. Hence, please come early.
- When you arrive, organizers will guide you to a parking space.
- You can start re-arranging your sale items at the boot of your car or table. Please be reminded that Goods Cycle operate at a STRICTLY NO NEW ITEM or FOOD ITEM policy. Please restraint yourself from selling prohibited item.
- Tables and chairs are not provided. Please bring along your own.
- Seller’s cars are parked end to end and you can leave at whatever time you wish without difficulty. But please inform a member of the Events Team if you leave before 11am, so they can get you out safely.
- Please don’t leave any rubbish behind after the event. Protect the environment and be responsible to mother nature.
- Thank you for your cooperation.
These are just guidelines, not compulsory. Keeping in mind that the purpose is to benefit everyone. Seller can clear their clutter, buyer can recycle and make use of them.
- Baby clothes – RM2 a piece
- Plastic Toys – RM2 to RM10 a piece
- Mobile Phone – Market Price
- Power cable – RM0.50
- Fan – RM20
- Tea Pot – RM10-30
- Shoes – RM1 to RM50
- LCD Monitor – RM50-200
- Pentium 3 Computer – RM100 onwards
- Books -RM0.50 onwards
- Garden tools – RM1 onwards
- DIY Tools – RM1 onwards
My 2 cents
Personally, I am pleased and excited with the initiatives that have been done. I am here to fully support this program directly and indirectly. Goods Cycle needs attention and massive promotion. Presently, I feel that the event is lacking promotion. Hence, massive marketing, information and awareness sharing must be geared towards getting the surrounding communities to know more about Goods Cycle.
Nevertheless, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the impact of CBS and Goods Cycle towards the community and any interesting ways of recycling. Let’s all support this program and integrate it in our culture. Here in SustainableIskandar.com.my, a small section called FreeCycle has been created few months ago to facilitate those who are seeking for new owners of their unwanted stuffs. Check it out.
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