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The First CNU Flea Market

By Park Hyo-gyeong, Tribune Reporter

  ▲ Many students participating in the flea market.  
 A flea market, an outdoor market which sells used goods for little money, was held in front of Library Ⅰ at Chonnam National University (CNU) on May 20th. It was the first time that a flea market was held by university students around the Gwangju and Jeonnam area. I had been really looking forward to the flea market since I had seen the notice on the CNU official website announcing that it would be held at our school. I hadn’t been to one since I had bought a pretty pair of jeans for a great low price at the flea market of my elementary school. I wanted to repeat the experience but I did not think I could because the flea market was only open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and since I had a very tight class schedule I would get there just one hour before it closed. By that time, all the great bargains would probably have been gone.

 When I went to the flea market, it was quiet, unlike my expectations. Some students were selling clothes, accessories, books, cosmetics, and so on. Others were just enjoying the event by looking around at the goods displayed on a mat or stand. I also looked around at many different things, and I found some staff, the Restu (one of the CNU’s marketing scholarship clubs) members, wearing an orange shirt. This flea market was the idea of the Restu members. They were helping so the event would go smoothly.

 I asked one of the staff how this flea market came to be. Yeom Min-ji (Junior, Dept. of Business Administration), a head student of the Restu, said, “Flea markets are popular in other cities so, we decided to hold a flea market and tried to find some sponsors. We suggested this plan and requested financial support from the Office of Student Affairs and our plan was approved by the office.” Furthermore, they were supported by others including the Gwangju Biennale. As a result, about 30 teams participated in this flea market as sellers.

  ▲ Students picking out some clothes at the flea market.  
 Unfortunately, I could not see all of the teams because some had already sold everything and gone. There were foreign students among the participants. Actually, two teams among the 30 teams consisted of foreign students. They sold their traditional artifacts or some cookies they had made. Han Se-mi (Junior, Dept. of Law), a student who participated in the flea market as a seller, said, “I have wanted to take part in a flea market. This time, I took the opportunity to sell my used clothes and bags with my friends. I think the flea market was successful, considering that it was the first market held at our university. The flea market will be very useful for everyone if it becomes more common. I hope we will have many chances to take part in a flea market like this.”

 This flea market was not just for buying and selling stuff. It was planned to help local students interact with foreign students and give them a good sense of f economy.  Instead of just throwing out their old things, students could recycle their goods by selling them to someone who needed them. The participants also helped the less fortunate by contributing part of their earnings to charity. It was a good opportunity to find good deals and also to exchange culture with CNU’s international students. If I have a chance to participate in a flea market one day, I will take part as a seller.

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