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BARGAIN HUNTER GOES GREEN

 
Welcome to Pattaya Bargain Hunter, my name is Belinda and before living in Pattaya I was a buyer in London’s West End.  An important part of my job was to look out for items of quality, value and with that certain special something. Now I look out for bargains in and around Pattaya to share with you.
So this month to fit in with The Trader’s Green theme I’ve had a think about the ways to be more “Eco Friendly” while saving money.
 
RECYCLING CLOTHES
 
One of the ways is by recycling clothes and thus increasing their longevity and overall usefulness. Remember one person's “2nd” hand is another person's “Vintage”.
 
One person’s “2nd hand”  is another person’s “Vintage”
 
There are no real Charity shops here in Thailand but it is possible to find 2nd hand clothes stalls around town. Markets like Thepprasit have them and in Big C Extra, Pattaya Klang  you can find rails crammed full on the ground floor. There are however, problems buying 2nd hand clothes here in Thailand, namely fabric and fit. 
 
Real bargains can be found but not without time and patience. The first thing you need to do is choose by touch – nasty nylon materials will not feel comfortable especially here in the heat and if you are unable to try on your purchase, remember how small the average size is (no one wants to walk around “like a badly done up parcel”). Take a tape measure and ladies wear a loose skirt if looking for shorts or jeans as you just might be able to try these on whilst preserving your modesty !
 
Another way is to give to charity in touch with Alison (check Jess) and Eva
 
Another way if you’re having a clear out and have clothes – mens, womens and especially children’s that you can donate is to give them to one of the charitable institutions around town. Drop a bag off at The Father Ray Foundation (on Sukhumvit road) The Sanuk Centre (off 2nd Road Jomtien) or Take Care Kids (also on the Sukhumvit Road – opposite King Power) They will all find a good use for your unwanted garments. 
 
COLLINGBOURNE AUCTIONS    
For larger items such as cars, bikes, electrical goods and all manner of household items clearing them at Collingbourne Auctions is a great idea and makes for a fun Saturday morning. John is a professional auctioneer complete with hammer and lively patter. You can also treat yourself to a delicious sausage roll or bacon butty whilst there. As well as putting some extra baht in your wallet it is a way of ensuring your or no longer needed items are used and re-used rather than being consigned to the rubbish heaps. 
 
KEEPING CHECK ON YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT !
A much used phrase, usually to describe people jetting all over the world, we can all help in our own small ways. Check that lights are not left on in rooms once vacated and horror of horrors air conditioning units turned off. After all, these are the worst offenders as regards notching up the baht in you electricity bill – often accounting for around 70% of  an average household's electricty bill. So switching these off when not needed is not only green but will save you money.
If you are lucky enough to have both a car and a motorbike,  consider when a bike is better – for a short run, when traffic is bad. Or even better swop your motor bike for a push bike which will save on petrol and really help you lose weight and keep fit. Think of when you can ride instead of drive or walk instead of ride. All of us walk far too little and we should try. 
Good for you good for your wallet and Good for the planet !
 
If you have any thoughts, suggestions or comments please write to me “Belinda Bargain Hunter” at:pattayabargainhunter@outlook.com
 
ALL PRICES AND OFFERS WERE CORRECT AT THE TIME OF GOING TO PRESS. NO RESPONSIBILITY CAN BE TAKEN FOR ANY OFFERS BEING WITHDRAWN OR OUT OF STOCK.