Tucked away among Wan Chai's busy markets, Sunday shoppers fish for treasures in a plainly furnished, 400-sq-ft stall in quiet Hing Wan Street. On hand are clothes, toys and computer-related items such as printers. Next door is another room offering services including Chinese-style massage. In both stalls, goods and services are priced in a new currency called 'hours coupons' - because services are priced by the hour. Opening yesterday, the Come Shop is the first barter experiment in Hong Kong: its stalls use the locally invented currency. The shop is named after the four-year-old Community Oriented Mutual Economy Programme, run by the welfare group St James' Settlement. Members of the programme have been trading services and goods through a monthly bazaar and bulletin. Now they can do the same through the stalls in the Come Shop, open Monday to Saturday. The settlement rents the properties for $1 a month from the Lands Department. A maximum of five stalls can be set up every day, and they must register a week in advance. Tam Siu-lan, 37, was relaxed after trying the Chinese-style massage - which cost just 30 points in coupons. 'It's very convenient; I just come to the shop to be massaged when I need it,' said Ms Tam, a programme member for two years. Another satisfied customer, Wong Sau-ping, said: 'With the Come Shop we can buy things that poor people like us won't buy with cash. Who would buy an ornament to decorate your flat when you can't even make ends meet? But now I can buy it with an hours coupon and improve my quality of life.'