My Goodies 我的寶貝

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上週末,我又往駐名的〝手作街〞尋寶去,〝手作街〞位於舊區,照道理賣的寶貝應該很便宜才對。但隨着近年手作玩意在香港越來越流行,租金及物價越來越高,手作材料的價格便水脹船高。

雖然對比起其他地方賣的,這裡的仍是便宜,但若要美觀而質量好的話,價錢卻很貴。像上圖的典雅金屬飾片便要美金0.65-0.8一枚。<我把價格換算為美金是為了方便大家理解,香港貨幣是港元。>可想像以賣手作品為業的,生意一定不易經營。偶爾也有一、兩間店是以廉宜的價錢吸引客人,如下圖的只賣美金0.065-0.12一枚,但他們往往賣的,卻是從別處拿來的貨尾,數量有限,售完即止。所以若我在這些廉宜店看上心儀的,尤真是中式的飾品,都會買上40-50枚。<這是我要大量製作時的數量>遇上一些可愛有趣的而又少用的飾品,則會買上2-5枚作後備。

你可想像以我這種購物方式,而我又好多樣玩意……我家已變了小貨倉!跟其他手作人談天時,大家都發現這是我們的通病……順帶一提,下圖中的扳手抓爪才美金0.12,卻可動呢!

Last weekend, I went to the ‘Crafty Street’ again. I suppose that the goodies sold there should be cheap because it is located at old region. However, as the crafty trend is on the rage, rent and cost of living is on the rise, it is inevitable that the price of crafty materials is soaring.
Comparing to other regions, those sold at this old region are cheaper. But they are still expensive in terms of beauty and quality. Those elegant ones shown above were sold at US$0.65-0.8 per piece. ( For easy understanding, I convert the price into US Dollars. Monetary unit in Hong Kong is Hong Kong Dollars.) You can imagine how tough the crafty industry with this high cost of materials. There are a few shops which sell the materials at cheaper price for attracting customers, like those shown below sold at US$0.065-0.12 per piece. But most of them are actually the leftover from factories. Stock ends when last sold. Therefore, I usually buy 40-50 pieces in one go ( It is the usual amount I make in bulk) whenever I hit my favourites, especially for those with Chinese theme. Whenever I hit the ones which I suppose I don’t use them often but they are cute and novel, I will buy 2-5 pieces.
You can imagine, my apartment becomes a warehouse with this shopping habit , especially I have numerous hobbies. It is actually a commonplace for most crafters. By the way, the jaw of the mini spanner shown below is movable. So cute! The rectangular plates are mini Chinese abacuses. The ones with fancy sculptures are Chinese locks.

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