If you get off the beaten path a bit in Chiang Mai you can sometimes discover some pretty cool places. The Chiang Mai Second Hand Shop is one of those places that might just be worth a look.
Depending on what you are looking for, whether you are looking for some cool souvenirs or maybe some house goods, there is nothing but amazing stuff piled to the rafters here.
Located just south on Chiang Mai Lam Phun Road, it is about a 10 minute drive from the centre of the city. Take a look along the way and you see those huge trees? They were planted years ago and are actually rubber trees that gave shade along the old highway. Pretty huge if you stand back and take a look.
Mannequins, old bicycles, brass Buddha’s, antique cameras, wooden carvings, mattresses, cabinets, beer glasses, motorcycles, scooter parts and well…. lots and lots of second hand and recycled things abound.
Looking for a traditional boat? How about a few tall glasses, cookware, industrial bread mixers? Not a problem. When we went, they had a whole lot of bronzed pants that could be used as planters, golf club holders or something along that line. No doubt the person who came up with this thought it would sell, as you know how popular bronze pants are… and somehow after not selling anywhere they wound up here.
The trick would be to spend some time, do some digging and I think you could find some pretty cool stuff. Layered in there with the old cutlery, cassette tapes and such are some pretty cool old wood carvings, beautiful furniture and between the old mattresses are some sweet bronze miniatures.
There is actually some real buried treasures here and if you looking for a place that sells a bit different tourist goods, this would be the place to come.
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