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Taipei City to sell recycled furniture at soccer stadium

STAFF WRITER

Good news for bargain-hunters: Taipei City's Bureau of Environ-mental Protection plans to sell off recycled furniture this Saturday at Taipei's Chungshan Soccer Stadium (中山足球場).

On sale will be more than 200 second-hand pieces of furniture, most priced below NT$1,000.

Organizers said damaged items had been repaired.

Second-hand leather sofas will be sold for as little as NT$500, according to local Chinese-language newspapers yesterday.

In a drive to promote the idea of recycling, the bureau has collected used furniture dumped by city residents from all areas of the capital. Twelve staff members of the bureau have been making the products marketable by repairing, repainting or replacing missing parts.

"Everything is cheap and durable -- you don't have to worry that it will fall apart after two days," the bureau added.

A wide variety of home furniture will be up for sale, including beds, sofas, dining tables, desks, chairs and nightstands.

In addition, 200 bicycles and 50 electric fans will be sold off.

"Everyone can find something they need at unbelievable prices," the bureau said.

The sale runs from 10am to 6pm on the second floor of the stadium, which is located at the corner of Chungshan North Road and Mintzu West Road, across from the Yuanshan (圓山) MRT station.

In the future the bureau plans to hold the sale three days a week -- 1pm to 9pm on Tuesday and Thursday and 10am to 6pm on Saturday.

"Now we only worry that there won't be enough stuff for sale," the bureau said.

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