Young Old Handmade Products Ready to Shine in YWCA’s Vintage Fair
Organised by Y Silver Maker, the 3-day "50+ Vintage Fair" was held in 618 Shanghai Street in late October. Mr. Cheung Yick-lun, Alan, MH, Vice-Chairman of Social Enterprise Advisory Committee, Home and Youth Affairs Bureau; Ms. Siu Yuen Ting, Anna, Liaison Officer ofKowloon City District Office, Home Affairs Department; Ms. Kwan Wai Sze, Social Work Officer, Kowloon City & Yau Tsim Mong District Planning & Coordinating, Social Welfare Department; Ms. Akina Fong, the renowned media and public relations expert; Mr. Chow Wah Tat, Kenneth, Service Director (Elderly Services) and Ms. Tsoi Man Yu, Anna , Chief Officer (Elderly Service) of the Association attended the opening ceremony.
With around 20 booths, the young olds brought their best handmade products to the vintage fair, such as bags, wallets, pins, earrings, scrunches and wooden furniture. Their products were a combination of craftsmanship and life experience. A booth owner sold pet portraits in the fair and his drawings of cats and dogs caught eyeballs of the participants. DIY shopping bags designed by another 50+ handcrafter became the best buy item as customers found them both aesthetically pleasing and practical in design. Handcraft workshops led by 50+ young olds attracted many attendees too.
The Association initiated Y Silver Maker, a platform to connect 50+ young olds, corporates and the general public. Young olds revitalise their retirement lives by picking up needles and sewing machines again. Through Y Silver Maker, they have the opportunity to share their skills and stories, as well as continue to explore other possibilities in their lives.