Laundry shop owners in Taiwan clean up on social media modeling abandoned clothes

Laundry shop owners in Taiwan clean up on social media modeling abandoned clothes
An octogenarian couple from Taiwan, who own a Laundromat, have been modeling abandoned clothes on Instagram. (Getty Images)

TAICHUNG, Taiwan — For seven decades, a married couple in Taiwan have run a laundry business, quietly washing and dry-cleaning clothes. Suddenly, they have become an internet sensation.

That’s because Chang Wan-ji, 83, and Hsu Sho-er, 84, have been modeling clothes left behind by their customers, The New York Times reported. The clothes have been abandoned for more than a year, and hundreds of pieces of apparel have been piling up at the Wansho Laundry in Taichung, according to the BBC.

Chang and Hsu have been modeling vintage clothing on an Instagram account set up by their grandson in June.

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如果今天還是秀娥氣勢贏,那我就會告訴萬吉,說應觀眾要求,必須出一篇秀娥特輯! 前幾天VOGUE的文章說到:「有一種愛叫萬吉和秀娥的愛❤️」,這是什麼愛?其實孫子也不知道,但當有人把整套好看的西裝送洗未取,拿來給兩人穿上,就算這次沒有相視而笑,就算衣服來自不同主人,也還是會覺得是情侶裝,這應該就是愛吧? 👴🏼萬吉(身長160) 成套西裝:至少20年以上未取成套雙排扣白西裝 內搭:8年以上未取布達佩斯紀念T(已找到新主人) 腰帶:萬吉的領帶 👵🏼秀娥(身長155) 成套西裝:至少15年以上未取全套卡其西裝 內搭:3年未取白t恤 💡溫馨提醒|洗衣服請記得拿、認同請分享❤️ These old clothes have been abandoned by customers at the laundry for years. Owners of the laundry store, Wanji and Sho-Er who are over 80 years old. Grandson just can't bear to see them overwhelmed with bore everyday. So, ask them to reinterpret fashion, hoping to let everyone know that age is not a barrier to have fun in fashion and even old clothings can transformed into trendy outfits! 💡A friendly reminder|Don’t forget to pick up your laundry. #有一種愛叫萬吉和秀娥的愛 #萬秀洗衣店 #Wantshow #wantshowasyoung #grandparents - - - #mixandmatch #clothes #ootd #wiw #instafashion #style #fashion #couple #夫婦 #80代 #grandma #grandpa #dappei @dappei_tw #juksyootd @mixfitmag_snap #cool_ootd #plainme_snap #plainme_life #femmefuture @nataliadornellas @irdailystyle @styleshare_kr #classyvision #vintage #古着 #コーディネート #love

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The love shown by social media users has taken the starch out of the octagenarians.

“My grandson is very creative,” Hsu told the Times. “His creativity has made us happy, and other people, too.”

“I don’t know if my reaction was positive at first,” Chang told CNN via email, adding that his first reaction to his grandson’s idea was “Will anybody want to look at this?”

Apparently, a lot of people. More than 136,000 people have subscribed to the Instagram account. Even though there are only 19 photos, they have become a hit on social media.

The couple’s grandson, Reef Chang, 31, said he created the account because the coronavirus pandemic has slowed down their business. Taiwan has a population of nearly 24 million people, but health officials have reported only 458 cases, 55 local transmissions and seven deaths, the Times reported.

“Their business is not always busy. They would doze off in the shop and their spirits weren’t high,” Reef Chang told the BBC. “So I thought since our family has these clothes, I can remind people to pick up their clothes, and remind my grandparents their life can still be great even in old age.”

The elder Chang and Hsu have modeled an eclectic, funky array of clothing. Their Instagram account shows them in matching laced sneakers, caps and hats. One photo shows Hsu leaning against a large washing machine with her arms crossed as her husband grins and holds the open door of the machine, the Times reported.

“Dressed like that, I feel 30 years younger,” Chang Wan-ji told the BBC.

The couple have been together for more than 60 years. Chang Wan-ji met Hsu in the late 1950s, when he was 21, the Times reported. When Hsu’s elder sister and aunt took Chang Wan-ji to meet Hsu, he did not stay long, much to Hsu’s dismay.

“I wanted him to sit down with me, but he wouldn’t,” Hsu told the newspaper. “He was pretty shy.”

Not totally shy, however.

“My first time seeing her, I was delighted,” Chang Wan-ji told the Times. “Not long afterward, we started discussing marriage.”

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The couple married in 1959 and raised two sons and two daughters. They now have six grandchildren. They work at the business Chang Wan-ji has managed since he was 14, the newspaper reported.

Now, in addition to their clientele, they have fans worldwide.

“I didn’t think people would like it,” Chang Wan-ji told CNN.

“Knowing that people still like me makes it feel like I have more grandsons and granddaughters,” Hsu told the news network.

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