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The monthly Hongkou flea market organized by Gongyijia (), focuses on arts and crafts, and second hand, repurposed and recycled items. Proceeds from the event go to help migrant school children.

“The idea is to make charity fashionable, make friends and share the kindness,” says volunteer Nicholas Tang (). And judging by some of the vendors’ wares (hats with attached spectacles, anyone?), they’re on their way to doing just that.

More on CNNGo: Shanghai’s Friday Muslim market a friendly foodie baazarGet there:1933 creative hub, 10 Shajing Lu, near Zhoujiazui Lu (1933, 10, ). The closest metro station is Hailun Lu () on Metro Lines 4 and 10.

Hongkou flea market tips:

1. Ask questions. When you are buying handmade arts and crafts, half the fun is learning the story behind the work.

2. Be prepared to sort through the junk. Not everything at the market follows the theme of unique, handcrafted and individually created items, so don’t be overwhelmed if the first thing you see is second hand clothes or socks.
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