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何止人类需要情感的流动，非生物如旧家具、电器、生活用品等其实亦能拥有再一次被爱的机会！若没有万能脸书将触角伸往更大型的物品，大人对于人称 Pre-loved item 的挖宝范围仅限于来自扶桑国的古着与包包啊！
与 JB Good Barang 结缘始于数年前瞧见友人向其询问二手家具，随着链接点击搜寻相册里的每一件宝物，不点则已，一点惊人！页面里上载了多件造型趣致、手工精致的二手柚木柜子，好奇心使然询价后发现原来价格好亲民！大人我还在慢慢浏览的当儿，已有好几件柜子被极速抢订 (需预付半价)，看来遇着只此一件的心头好时，眼明手快才是王道！
Pre-loved, second-hand, or used, they pretty much describe the same things and are becoming increasingly popular these days. Let’s face it! Be it electronic appliances, furniture and fashion accessories, if the product looks good, is usable and reasonably priced, why wouldn’t we buy it?
Shopping for pre-loved items is fast becoming a social trend today because of the easy accessibility of online shopping. We can just “google” to search for bargains or head to Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest to search for groups or businesses that sell pre-loved items, and one such online marketplace is JB Good Barang which we chanced upon a few years back. With only a few clicks of the mouse, we could easily buy (and sell) a range of used goods and removes clutter at home, reduces items that are sent to landfills, get our hands on quality products at a low price for budget-conscious consumers, with an opportunity to pick up quality items that are one-of-a-kind. The most surprising part? Many of the things were sold at prices that make every shopper happy for a great steal, and all it took was to place a 50% deposit to secure our purchases. Indeed, speed is king, and no wonder things were literally flying off the shelves in seconds as soon as they were posted online!
除了可在网络上预订外，看官们也能亲临位于 Jalan Kempas Lama 旁那占地逾两万平方尺的工厂内挖宝哦！负责人 Mrs Voon 笑言，当初会踏入此行业完全乃无心插柳，本身就相当热爱挖宝的她，发现家中所淘的二手家饰已多至无法自用后，心想不如将部分忍痛割爱给有心收藏者，「真的会有人与我一样，喜欢这些旧家具？」带着半信半疑、姑且一试的心态下，她逐步将二手家饰与电器上载到 Mudah 网站上售卖，反应竟空前热烈，成绩斐然为主人家注入了一剂强心针。经此一役后，她与夫婿 Philip 开始认真研究这冷门行业的可行性。2013年4月，夫妻俩以各族皆能一目了然理解的 JB Good Barang 为名，成立了这家如今在新山业界里颇有名气的二手宝藏回收站。
For fans who couldn’t wait for the new items to be put up online, those in the know would head down directly to their “new” expanded warehouse spanning over 20,000 sq. ft. along Jalan Kempas Lama. Had it not been the dilemma of parting with hundreds of second-hand goods accumulated at home over the years, serial bargain hunter and vintage item collector Mrs Voon would not have entered the business of trading pre-loved stuff. Putting her scepticism aside, Mrs Voon began putting up her unused accessories and electrical appliances on Mudah.com, only to discover (to her great amazement) a huge demand and popularity for her odds and ends. With the support of her husband Philip, Mrs Voon quit her day job and took the giant leap of faith to round up every available good barang (which means an item in Malay) from her home and those around her, and before long, the intuitive and self-explanatory JB Good Barang was born on April 2013.
But make no mistake, this is NOT your usual karang guni dealer for everything under the sun or your convenient waste disposal or removal service on demand.
自三年前从面积较小的商用店面迁址此处后，JB Good Barang 里的宝物种类瞬间暴增许多，乐坏了一众前来挖宝的人们啊！若你有一双慧眼，大人相信各位必能从这茫茫货海中觅得真爱。据悉，这儿逢周四皆会引进「新」货，老马识途者一般周五便会迫不及待准时报到，择日不如撞日，今日正好是周五呢！#都说大人运气不错了嘛
Having started with only a small inventory in a tiny shop lot at Taman Anggerik, the 3-year old business soon ran out of space to store donated and pre-loved items, before finally moving to the current premise at Kempas. With fresh stock arriving almost on a weekly basis (tip: typically Thursdays), adding to the thousands of stuff looking for a second life, it would take some patience and a keen eye to spot the gem from the heaps, giving #TGIF a whole new meaning at JB Good Barang for the basement bargain hunters.
#PS: today’s FRIDAY (at the time of visit)!
大人此前曾在 JB Good Barang 网上淘得最值得说嘴的好物，无疑即是来自某国领事馆的木质家饰，当大人与主人家提及此事时，想不到原来这正好是他们印象中非常深刻的一批好货呢！Mrs Voon 笑言，现在回想起来着实扼腕，「我竟忘了保留一些给自己啊！」
One of our prized catches at JB Good Barang to date was a selection of antique teakwood furniture we picked up from a departing diplomat based in Singapore, almost on the same day they arrived many years back, and the thoughts of not keeping some of the items for herself still filled her with regrets and remained the bane of Mrs Voon‘s even until today (oops!).
Looking to laugh it off and put the episode behind her, Mrs Voon proudly showed off her latest collections, many of which have been reserved and waiting to be delivered. In her own words, one really can judge rare treasures like antique items, collectable toys and memorabilia beyond the dust, only if we bother to look, and nothing gives her and Philip more satisfaction than to find them a new home and a new lease of life elsewhere.
旧家具或物品的价值除了视自个儿的喜爱程度来衡量之外，一些古木家具经主人家送往评鉴后竟发现拥有逾百年历史，其珍贵价值自然不言而喻。询及 Mrs Voon 会否修复此类古家饰时，「一般像古董类的物品或家饰，我们并不会直接修复，因为收藏者或许正是因为钟意那岁月的痕迹才会入手。我们曾收购过一个来自西藏的橱柜，当时也仅是进行非常轻微的修复后并处理干净(无重新上漆)，过度修复将会破坏了物品原有的古意。」而柚木 (Jati) 家饰则属例外，部分户外柚木家饰久经日晒雨淋，主人家即会先行为其披上崭新外衣恢复昔日光彩。
JB Good Barang also offers advisory, restoration and reupholstering of furniture, as well as pre-vetting and appraisal from independent experts to ascertain the worth (and story) behind every supposed treasure. According to Mrs Voon, antiques or artefacts (such as a precious heirloom closet from Tibet) will only be given necessary conservation treatment as stripping away an original finish will not only diminish value but replacing it with a new finish will result in the furniture looking more like an antique reproduction than the antique. On the other hand, refinishing is a great way to get good old teak (jati) furniture for much less than it would cost to buy similar quality new.
Not surprisingly, many of its more significant, reconditioned items such as vintage furniture and retro electrical appliances have found their way to many cafes and homestays looking to recapture the 50’s or 70’s vibes. Some of these favourite timeless picks include old vinyl records, books and ornaments, while their smaller counterparts were highly sought after by numerous cafes and restaurant owners!
As the saying goes, finders keepers. Buying pre-loved goods can be more rewarding than buying retail, and for us, nothing beats the thrill and satisfaction of rummaging through this assortment of items and finding something unique.
Pre-loved shopping used to have a stigma to it, but there’s been a change in mindset. Whatever your guilty pleasure is, when looking for the best deals at second-hand shops such as JB Good Barang, there is always something for everyone!
JB GOOD BARANG
Address: Lot 2788, Jalan Kempas Lama, Taman Belati, 81300 Johor Bahru, Johor.
Contact: +6018-980 7268 (11am – 8pm)