Furniture Den peddles recycled gear

Siem Reap expat, Lidia making the most of The Furniture Den's latest goodies
Siem Reap expat, Lidia making the most of The Furniture Den's latest goodies. PAUL KELLY

Furniture Den peddles recycled gear

Since he was 14, Phil Hogg has dreamt of owning his own second-hand shop. Now, with its floor crammed with small mountains of ornamentals, salvaged bedframes and a vintage electric fan, his dream has materialised in the form of The Furniture Den.

Phil and his wife Na Sok opened their second-hand store earlier this month and are providing Siem Reap residents with a place to unload what’s not wanted and load up with what is.

“The idea is something I’ve had since my teenage years. I have always loved second-hand shops and dreamed of having one since I was around 14 years old,” Phil said.

“We buy furniture from hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and people who are looking to sell furniture in bulk or quickly.”

“Our customers who buy from us can expect some real bargains. We expect to be able to buy cheap furniture and then sell it back cheap to our customers.”

The Furniture Den, not far down the road from BBU Education Centre, has been well received by Siem Reap folk so far. Local bargain hunter Lidia found herself frequenting the shop in her efforts to refurnish her new home.

“I think it’s a great idea. The things can be reused and they don’t become rubbish, and also you get a good price,” she said.

“It’s good not only for the expats but for the locals, it’s a way to recycle. When people decide they don’t need something, other people can re-use them.”

The Den recently scored big when it received truckloads of furniture from the former five-star Hotel De La Paix, now managed and rebranded by the Park Hyatt.

“We expect to have another hotel consignment in March which customers have to look forward too,” Phil told the Insider.

Hogg, who also owns Siem Reap Rooms Guesthouse, has lived in Cambodia since 2003.


  • Stock photo agencies cash in on Khmer Rouge tragedy
    Stock-photo companies selling images from S-21 raises ethics concerns

    A woman with short-cropped hair stares directly into the camera, her head cocked slightly to the side. On her lap is a sleeping infant just barely in the frame. The woman was the wife of a Khmer Rouge officer who fell out of favour, and

  • Prime Minister: Take back islands from inactive developers

    The government will “take back” land on roughly 30 islands from private companies that have not made progress on planned developments, Prime Minister Hun Sen said in a speech on Monday that also targeted land-grabbing villagers and idle provincial governors. Speaking at the inauguration of the

  • Land on capital’s riverfront is opened up for investment

    The government has signed off on a proposal to designate more than 9 hectares of land along Phnom Penh’s riverfront as state-private land, opening it up for private investment or long-term leasing. The 9.25-hectare stretch of riverfront from the capital’s Night Market to the

  • Royal Group's Koh Rong luxury hotel officially opens

    The Royal Sands Koh Rong hotel on Monday marked its official launch as the first luxury resort on Cambodia’s most visited island. Prime Minister Hun Sen presided over the inauguration of the hotel, which has been open since December, and features rooms priced at