for some cool bargains and precious finds, head to the garage sale, Soda Pop, at Ashvita’s three-year old store, Goli Soda. Pre-loved products have always had takers according to Sruti Harihara Subramanian, co-founder of Ashvita and Goli Soda. Recalling her childhood when she reused the clothes of her sister and cousins, Subramanian says, “We who have had the culture of hand-me-downs almost two decades ago, can still revive it and make a difference in the environment.” Perfect for college students and those setting up their new homes, expect quality products at pocket-friendly prices from Rs 50 up to Rs 1,000.
Curated by Subramanian and Vaani Anand, consultant for Ashvita, it took the duo four months to put together the collection for Soda Pop — all pre-owned by their acquaintances and well wishers in and around the city. Watch out for products like porcelain crockery, hardly worn and untouched Kancheepuram silk saris, home decor, clutches, Coach bags, coffee table books and junk jewellery. “Through the sale, we encourage decluttering and reusing products,” shares Subramanian who recently bagged the National Award for her feature documentary, A Far Afternoon. Speaking of her favourites, she says, “I love the brass spoons and the white porcelain dinner set comprising bowls, plates and sauce servers.” The proceeds of the sale will be donated to Madras Naturalists’ Society.
At Goli Soda, Besant Nagar. May 21 – 22. 11 am onwards. Details: 42699026
— Lalitha Ranjani