By Aishwarya Kaushal, Friday, 16th August 2013
If you live in New Delhi and you haven’t heard about “The” Sarojini Nagar Market, you are living under a rock!
For those of you lesser known, it is a place of joy! ( For Shopaholics ) A place that sells export surplus at throwaway prices.
These are items that may have been left behind during shipping or may have been rejected by brands due to little to very minor imperfections that you probably will not even be able to detect.
Here are some of the items that I picked up and loved! <3
This hot pink top was bought for Rs. 200 ( $3.26* )
Hi-Low ( Mullet ) Skull Printed Dress – Rs. 400 ( $6.51* )
Floral Print Ruffled Skirt – Rs. 250 ( $ 4.07* )
Peach Maxi Dress – Rs. 600 ( $9.77* )
Polka Dotted Button Down Shirt – Rs. 200 ( $3.26* )
Striped Basic Tank Top – Rs. 150 ( $2.44* )
Sequined Waistcoat / Jacket – Rs. 250 ( $4.07* )
Sheer Green White Crochet Detail Top – Rs. 200 ( $3.26* )
Sequined Bra-let / Crop Top – Rs. 200 ( $3.26* )
Palazzo / Flared Pants – Rs. 300 ( $4.89* )
Scarves and Stoles – Rs. 50 each ( $0.81* )
Now we shall move on to HANDBAGS!
Tan Fringe Bag – Rs. 300 ( $4.89* )
Red Velvet Bag – Rs 600 ( $9.77* )
Long Chained Neck Pieces – Rs. 50 each ( $0.81* )
Inter-wined Necklaces – Rs. 75 each ( $1.22* )
Collar Necklaces – Rs 300 each ( $4.89* )
Statement Necklace – Rs. 200 ( $3.26* )
Earrings – Rs. 30 – 70 ( $0.49 – $1.14* )
Rings and Toe-Rings – Rs. 50 – 250 ( $0.81 – $4.07* )
In the words of Lily Van Der Woodsen : “Every shopping turns into shoe shopping!”
Dark Green Booties ( On Sale ) – Rs. 650 ( $10.58* )
Nude Flats ( Fresh Stock ) – Rs. 700 ( $11.40* )
Red and Animal Print Flats ( On Sale ) – Rs. 400 ( $6.51* )
Red Satin Studded Pumps ( On Sale ) – Rs. 250 ( $4.07* )
So this is it for my haul. I love whatever I found to bits!
Now I will share with you some of my tips and tricks to shop wisely at markets like these :
1. ALWAYS carry cash! Flea market sellers do not accept credit cards. There are some showrooms as well that may accept credit cards but it is always safer to carry cash. And, carry notes in small denominations of Rs. 10, 20, 50, 100.
2. Put your bargaining skills to test. The seller will usually start with a price of his choice. Quote half of that and then you can fix the deal somewhere in the middle,
3. Be a good negotiator.
4. Have patience. There will be many duds but to find the gems you will have to keep digging.
5. Keep an open mind. You will usually end up buying things that you did not even think about getting.
6. Be reasonable with yourself. It is easy to lose your mind and be overwhelmed with the sheer volume of choice. Examine each item and ask yourself if you really see yourself wearing it. Don’t just buy everything!
7. Check! Check! Check! Check each item you are willing to purchase for holes, cuts, stains etc. Sometimes they also stock used items for sale. Make sure you check whatever you purchase inside out. If there is a small stain that you are willing to compromise with, you can usually ask for a better deal.
8. DO NOT go on the weekends. It is so crowded that you probably will not be able to see things you like anyway!
9. Go during the morning hours as the sellers are usually very superstitious about their first income of the day. They believe the whole day’s business depends upon how good/bad their first income of the day is. So, they are willing to let go of items at a cheaper rate.
10. Carry a big cloth bag and stuff your things in it. The sellers will give you tiny plastic bags and if you don’t have your own big bag you will find yourself trying hard to manage several little bags.
11. Take care of your belongings. In places like these, there are many instances of pick-pocketing, stealing etc. So, make sure all your cash / phone etc are stored in a zip lock bag chained to your body.
12. Look for trendy items. Sarojini Nagar Market is famous for selling on-trend pieces for unbeatable prices.
13. Take a person you trust along with yourself to help you make better decisions. But, remember to take someone whose choice matches yours or you may end up regretting bringing that person.
14. Have an idea of your shape and body. There are no trying rooms so try on what you can over your clothes and ask your friend to take your picture so you can see how it looks on you.
15. Do not even think of wearing heels. Wear something very comfortable. There will be a lot of walking and rummaging through stuff so make sure you are wearing something you feel free in.
16. The market usually opens at around 10:30 a.m -11:00 a.m and closes at 8:30 p.m – 9:00 p.m. It is closed on Mondays.
I hope you enjoyed this post.
Please Like, Comment, Share and Subscribe To This Blog for email notifications of new posts!
Also, stay tuned to see these items feature in Outfit Of The Day posts!