The second kind of match peddler is the old woman who carries a basket on her back. She does business on a much smaller scale and trades her matches for scrap paper and scraps of torn cloth. Sometimes these old women also carry a few cakes of soap for trade but their capital is only a few coppers, so they cannot have any sort of stock. These poor souls take their scraps and rags to a place just outside Ch’i Hua Men, “Ch’ihuamen Gate” where they sell them to small merchants for making paper.
These old women call out in a very shrill and piercing voice –
“Huan ch’u teng erh”
“Exchange matches” or
“Huan ch’u teng erh lai”
“Come and trade matches”.