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The Thepprasit Road Second-Hand Market

There are an abundance of markets in and around Pattaya, some tourist orientated, others operating only at night, others local and operating during daylight hours. Some only set up on different days.

Some markets sell only produce or meat products, whilst others may concentrate on clothing and household goods. Markets selling second-hand goods alone are quite popular too, and some of the items on sale at these can range from the benign to the bizarre.

The Market to be featured here is a local second-hand one, situated on Threpprasit Road, about half a kilometre down from Sukhumvit Road, and about two hundred metres on past the large tourist market that operates there.

The second-hand market is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from about 6:00 pm.

There is plenty of parking available, and on-site food vendors in permanent locations.

There being no lighting in the market, each stall holder has to provide their own, making the market seem like one large dimly lit ‘gypsy’ encampment.

The diverse items for sale tend to amaze the browser, some items looking as if they should have been consigned to the trash long ago.

Of the two hundred or so stalls, about a quarter were engaged in selling second-hand clothing. In the main this was female apparel ranging from the shortest of shorts, to the most elegant of evening wear.

One stall was selling only television remote controls. I am aware that it is so easy to mislay this item at home, but if purchasing a used replacement, just how does one find the correct control out of the hundreds on offer for your make and model of television?

Used items for cars and motorbikes were heavily represented, from body panels, steering wheels, used tyres and the like; in fact an Aladdin’s Cave of used automotive parts and accessories.

Computers were just some of the many electrical and IT items being offered, from desktops to laptops, all running and displaying differing operating systems. There were monitors of all shapes and sizes, including modern flat screens, cables that appear to be able to connect anything to anything, but whether they would work or not once connected, another question.

One question I asked myself was would I want to buy a used computer from an itinerant market trader who I might never be able to find again should my purchase go wrong?

A number of small stalls were selling religious medallions and articles, and some of the items were obviously attracting the attention of what appeared to be collectors.

Toys, baby items, cots, prams, children’s bicycles, and games, infants clothing, in fact almost everything for a mother or expectant mother except for the baby itself.

Almost every type of power tool was represented: drills, power saws, breakers, disc cutters, you name it, and it was there on offer, along with a wide selection of hand tools, bolt cutters, spanners, socket sets, tool boxes, both with and without tools, a mechanics, builders, or engineers paradise to browse through.

Many stalls just sold general bric-a-brac, ornaments, pictures, books, some musical instruments, both working and in need of care or repair, keyboards in battered boxes, power packs and chargers for various and unknown electrical items. Cooking utensils , microwaves, toasters, kettles, all able to be tried and tested, thanks to the mini generator conveniently providing the stall holders lighting too.

There were some absolute bargains on offer, if you knew what they did, what they were for, and how they operated!

Browsing the some two hundred stalls, trying to pick out items in the dim illumination provided, will pass an enjoyable hour or so, more if you take another ‘turn’ around the stalls, just in case you missed a bargain the first time.

For those who like rummaging, you probably couldn’t find a better place to enjoy an hour or so on a weekend evening.

  • Wilson F.