So you’ve been backpacking awhile and accumulated too many fisherman pants? Or you’re an expat and doing some Spring Cleaning? Unfortunately, there’s not a huge garage sale or Buffalo exchange culture here (for the Americans), so what do you do when you just have too much?
If you want to get rid of your old clothes or housewares in Chiang Mai, here are a few options for you:
CMU Night Market (Student Market): Starting at around 5:30pm, vendors begin setting up their stalls for the hundreds of university students and young people of Chiang Mai who come through every night. For a 40THB rental fee, you can stake out a square to sell your used goods. (Pay when the lady comes around.) I was there from 6:30-10:30pm and made 3000THB! I should quit my day job…
Weekend Prince Royal Flea Market: Again for a small rental fee, you can claim a spot and sell your junk alongside dozens of other locals selling random used things. Get there early on a Saturday or Sunday morning to set-up as most customers arrive before lunch!
Online Trading Posts
Free Bird Cafe takes your good condition used clothing and books and resells them to benefit the education of Burmese children in Thailand. You can treat yourself to a yummy baked good or tea leaf salad at the cafe after you donate!
Temples/Wats – Note, these are not dumping grounds. Please quality, good condition items only.
Senior Citizen’s Home on Kotchasarn Road. – I’ve only heard of this as a donation spot, but not sure where it is.