Go upcycling this weekend

Don’t know what to do with those gifts you don’t like? Want to pick up a second hand oven? The flea market this weekend has stuff to buy and ideas to try out.

This Sunday’s Second to None flea market event, will have a bit of everything from used books, electronic items, furniture and home decor knick knacks. You can also pick up handmade and homemade items from paper jewellery to jams, cakes and more.

Let us recycle and re-use, replenish, restore and rethink, why throw away used things you no longer want when you can sell them? This is the buzz in town this weekend, 22nd April, 2012, 11 am-5 pm at ‘Jaaga’, Double Road, Opposite Corporation Bank, Behind KH Road Bus Stand.

File pic: Second To None.

Anupama Gummaraju, along with her friends Reena Chengappa and Shilipa Kamath initiated Second To None, a series of flea markets to promote a healthier and a greener lifestyle. She says that the idea is simple enough for people to participate and encourage recycling and reuse habit. Read Anupama’s story of why and how they started the flea market.

The concept of garage sale may be common in western countries but it is the same philosophy of the Gujilis of the market area; accessing these gujilis are not easy. Now there is an easier way to get rid of the gift you never opened.

With over 2000 people sharing their creative ideas in the online group, ‘Second To None’, this flea market will be a physical extension to the regular interaction and barter online!

Many of us don’t know what do with that gift you don’t really like or the old music system once you buy a new one. Many committed members of 220 are planning to sell stuff they no longer use at home – like laptops, massagers, Modems and Home Theater systems.

Story Revolution, founded by Angela Jain and Shalini are bringing their lovely collection of award winning children’s books.

What to look out for
Old bottles or boxes can be recycled no doubt – but to repurpose them into beautiful objects of daily use can provide pleasure as well as satisfaction. Reena Chengappa is a great advocate of such ‘upcycling’. She is bringing along old wine bottles painted to make home decor items.

Namrata and Antara of Enthucutlets cut broken ceramic tiles to make coasters,  illustrated with quirky art. They also do decoupage art and boxes made of banana fibre, pin up boards and black boards. 

Pic courtesy: Enthucutlets.

Karaashilp and Anokhi Planet make handcrafted and recycled/upcycled items. Anokhi Planet also uses old wine bottles, playing cards, comics, cassette tapes and more. And what do these end up as? Visit the market to figure that one. Chitra Nair converts old rubber tires and oil cans to make seats and planters for your garden.

Krishna Panyam will be a treat to watch, as he churns out exquisite origami creations. Madhavi Pavaluri of Yellow button, specialises in handcrafted bags and clothes, as well as jewellery made from waste material. Also checkout Sharwari Tilloo’s jewellery from waste paper, Abhishek Agarwal’s art items with used car parts and Madani’s cloth bags made from scraps of fabric.

Pic courtesy: Reena Chengappa.

A Hundred Hands, a non-profit collective will exhibit the handmade products made by their members. Heal The Soil team will demonstrate permaculture and window farming using recycled materials.

What’s a market without food?
Taantra will sell organic cakes and Hema Mahesh’s Nature in a Bottle, specialises in Gourmet Jams of exotic fruit combinations. John Fenessy will be bringing pesto and peanut butter along with fruits and vegetables from his organic farm.

So see you Sunday! And don’t miss Citizen Matters’ green tips corner at the venue to share your ideas and rate ideas submitted by others. Citizen Matters is the media partner for the event.

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