Although the financial turmoil has spread gloom among a variety of industries, there are still some sectors unaffected by the economic downturn - or even benefiting from it. One is the trade in second-hand goods. Milan Station, a second-hand handbag chain with 10 outlets across the city, has recently seen the number of customers selling handbags rise by 5 per cent, along with a 10 per cent increase in the number making purchases. District manager Tong Chan said: 'Of the increase in customers trading in their items, most of them are new clients.' And he did not rule out the possibility that some people were choosing to trade in their bags for cash because of the financial turmoil. While many Hongkongers have plans to cut their dining and travel budgets, they seem less willing to save money on marriage and babies. A spokeswoman for the Matilda International Hospital, which provides high-end maternity services, said their maternity unit was fully booked until May next year, mostly by local women. She said most of their customers had chosen single-room packages costing between HK$39,000 and HK$55,000. 'Although the economy has not been good recently, we haven't heard any clients wanting to transfer to cheaper packages yet,' the spokeswoman said. Another private hospital, St Paul's in Causeway Bay, also said it had not seen any drop in bookings in the past few months. 'Although there has been hardly any influence [on our business] so far, we are watching the economic situation closely,' a spokeswoman said. The wedding industry also appeared to be riding out the crisis, with business schedules for next year almost fully booked. According to the Chinese calendar, next year is especially auspicious for marriages with 'double springs', wedding planners said. 'Our schedules are now booked until April or May of 2010,' said Twiny Wong Wing-ting, director of wedding company Memoria Amoris. People had already started to save for weddings before the downturn, she said, adding that any impact from the financial turmoil on her business would only surface in 2011. Carol Choy Ka-yan, a wedding planner at Wedding Angel Company, said the financial crisis 'affects business to a certain extent, but if people have had to plan for it, they won't cancel their marriage'. Another optimist was Olivia Cheng Man-ha, sales and marketing manager at France Bridal. 'It is all right. Even Sars did not affect us,' she said, insisting that price was not the determining factor when it came to wedding products. 'After all, a wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event for most people.'