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Second hand clothes: Greenladies and Greenlittle

Yes, this is a second-hand store – but what a cool one! Greenladies and Greenlittle is a store on the first floor in the CC Wu Building in Wan Chai and is part of the St. James’ Settlement. It is the first Greenladies shop that includes a second hand section for little ones, and it has lots of clothes for 2-12 year olds.

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It feels like a quirky boutique – rather than the old-school, over-stuffed second hand stores that I remember from my youth. The Greenladies and Greenlittle shop is bright, smells fresh and clean, and the clothes are a great mix of different brands.

Some of the brands for the little ones include H&M, Zara, Esprit, Carter’s, Gap, Nicholas & Bears – all very affordable. Pants and skirts started from 38HKD, tops from 48HKD and dresses from 88HKD – and depending on the brand, they can go up to 128HKD for the ‘normal’ brands. More clothes from ‘exclusive’ brands like Burberry, Ralph Lauren etc. can retail for 200-350HKD. The sizes start at 80cm and there is also a small section that includes toddler shoes.

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I love the idea to reuse items that are still in great shape – and the store emphasises that unwanted fashion items can easily be reborn and you can restyle them. The third key element of Greenladies’ concept is empowerment – so the women working in the shop are mainly middle-aged – exactly the age group that finds it hard to be employed nowadays.

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If you have items to donate, here is how it works:

  1. Visit the shop in person and the staff will screen the items
  2. Sign a consignment contract and you can decide whether to take 0% or 10% or 20% or 30% rebate of the selling price. The selling price will be set by the team at Greenladies and Greenlittle
  3. Consign for two months – unsold items will be donated automatically
  4. Track the rebate on or before the 15th of the following month and the income will be transferred to your registered bank account

What can you donate? Women and children’s clothes (from size 80cm onwards) that is in good condition and free of damage. It should be seasonal (spring and summer items from Feb to Aug and winter items from Sep to Jan) and from the last three years. Don’t bring any headdress, gloves, socks/stockings, underwear/sleepwear, swimsuits, executive suits or uniforms. Also no toys, books and baby products will be accepted.

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Greenladies and Greenlittle
Shop 8-9, CC Wu Shopping Arcade, 302-308 HennessyRoad, Wan Chai (MTR Exit A2 is the closest)
The shop is open every day from 12.30-20.00 and the consignment service stops at 19.30
You will have to enter from Wan Chai Road for an easy, step-free access.

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