2nd Hand Culture/ Old pieces

Second-hand culture:

I was always intrigued by Wellington’s popular second-hand culture and have come to appreciate and understand it.

It’s common to see older cars on the streets. Sometimes, being surrounded by older pieces of classic cars makes it feel like history is right beside you. 

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One thing that surprised me about Wellington was its strong second-hand culture. This concept of donating and buying used items took me a long time to adapt to. People here feel quite comfortable to browse and purchase their clothing, household items and furniture at these second-hand stores around Wellington. Coming from China, a country with such a strong manufacturing capability, I was accustom to using all new items in my daily life. I wondered what made Wellingtonians so willing to accept second-hand items and gradually understood that New Zealand is not a manufacturing country and so items are typically more expensive here. But even more so, I realised how equality exists throughout society in New Zealand. People are more comfortable to share with one another because they feel equal to one another. They appreciate the charm and beauty of older items and they don’t simply throw things away after one use. The reuse and recycle concept helps keep the society rich with diversity and culture.

It’s common to see older cars on the streets too. Sometimes, being surrounded by older pieces of clothing and classic cars makes it feel like history is right beside you. Eventually, I transformed my opinion on second-hand shops from unacceptable to totally understandable and acceptable.

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From Haiying Shi 史海瑛

Founder of Sea Eagle Consulting

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