FLEA-STREET MARKETS, Goa
Anjuna flea market, where to be on a Wednesday morning vendors from all over India come for the season. Well the encounter i had took my breath away, now i am used to being Hassled by stall holders taxi drivers but I was floored when a man came up to me as i walked along in the market attempt to stick some thing in my ear? After the intimidate shock he told me he was a certified ear cleaner and showed me a card for it, well I'm up for most things and experience what life has got to offer and why not, ask him the price my wife was thinking i am nuts to consider it 200 rupees he said.
He started digging in me ear he shouted stones and it felt like and made the noise of stone unbeliverble, he was bringing the stones out with the wax and placing them on his wrist took about ten minutes, He got up as we were kneeling down he said seven stones and demanded 1400 rupees a months wages for most people in india I gave him 200 rupees he was still protesting then some young Ladies stall holders came and abused him. My wife then went to thier stall and brought a bag. It's one off my favourite stories to tell now.
Yes, Anjuna flea market is very touristy. But its also a great deal of fun!!! Apart from the fact that you can find something for just about anybody, its vibrant atmosphere is just a joy to emerse yourself in. A great place to haggle for sarongs, bags and sandals and its all much cheaper and better quality that those that you will be offered on the beach. Whilst haggling remember to keep it light hearted and fun, the stall owners enjoy the communication and will always drop their prices if you come up with a witty remark. If this fails, walk away and they will reduce their prices to suit your request!! We bought a silver bracelet here from on of the Tibetan ladies, and I have to say its amoung the best quality and design that my boyfriend has ever owned, so dont leave without some silver. Only one thing to watch out for.....crazy wandering "ear cleaners"!! I kid you not, these men swoop on unsuspecting tourists (usually men) and try to tell you that you have something (soap) in your ear, before attempting to stick their grubby fingers into your ear!!! This is nothing serious to worry about....just keep your wits about you and dont let it keep you from enjoying the market. After a hectic few hours of shopping, why not head to one of the near by beaches and collapse on a lounger.....Vagator is so ideal (see my Vagator comments). The best thing to do is to get your taxi driver to take you here in the morning (before it gets tooo hot and busy) and then collect you in a few hours.
What to buy: Silver
This decorated Buffalo was at the Anjuna market area and doubles up as a mobile shop the owner leading it wherever the crowd is
What to buy: fabrics, woven goods,
What to pay: Barter for the best deals, expect to pay approx half the asking price
The best silver jewellery to buy is made by the Tibetans and can be found in the centre of Anjuna market.
We found this delightful lady who sat us down and showed us a huge amount of silver bangles, anklets and necklaces.
Needless to say we bought some after getting a good price for our things.
What to buy: Silver bangles, bracelets, necklaces and anklets set with semi precious stones
What to pay: Bargain until you are happy with the price.
This market is a must visit for anyone visiting Goa. A visit would not be complete without a stop at this market. Infact it should not be called a market. I should be called a fair or a mela.
It has everything. Drinks, dance, Food, fortune tellers, tattoo artists and did i mention its a bazzar with shops too. Truly speaking Its difficult to explain it in words. You have to visit it, experience it to know how it is, What it is!!
The vendors are a mix of indian and foreigners. Selling everything from food to junk jewelery to handicrafts, antique stuff, leather stuff to clothes etc etc etc.
The market starts at 6 PM but the hustle and bustle begins around 7-8 Pm and goes on well into the night till 1-2AM.
Remember to get a good rest, a nice long sleep, have a early lunch or I would suggest to skip lunch cause if you are not hungry you would regret why you came to the market after eating. Theres loads and loads of cuisine to choose from.
After visiting this and the Anjuna Wednesday Flee Market I felt that the night bazzar is better as it dosent really stress you out as much as the sun does when you visit the day market at Anjuna. Plus the Ingo Night Market is much more lively, lots to eat, drink, shop etc. The stuff on sale is exactly the same at both the markets. So the Anjuna Wednesday Flee Market is a NO NO for me next time and can certainly be given a slip.
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What to buy: anything and everything.
But remember to NEVER GIVE THE ASKING PRICE ALWAYS BARGAIN
There are just so many street vendors outside every beach selling waht we indians call 'junk jewelry' -largely jewelry crafted in white metal and plastic beads. You can pick a handful for even as less as Rs 100. Bargain away to glory and take home some of these.
You can shop to you drop in Goa, every-where you go you will come across little shacks seelling food and drink even your favourite western chocolate (check the date of expiry)
What to buy: Best of all there are tailors that will make you any-thing you want whether it's a replica football shirt or an armani suit, just go in get measured and go back the next day or a couple of days later and pick up your clobber. If you have a favourite shirt or dress take it in and they will replicate it by the next day, but be warned you pay for what you get so if it's cheap then don't expect it to go through to many washes, saying that I bought a replica Indian cricket shirt for $2 with my name on the back and it's still going strong.
On Wednesdays there is the famous Anjuna Flea Market, also known as the hippie market. It all started by the hippies in the early 80s, when they used to gather at the same place in Anjuna while many needy foreigners used to sell their electronic items or barter other stuffs to the locals.
Thousands of people come from all over Goa to buy and sell at this market. Prepare for a very hot place on the daytime.
What to buy: Forget about the word "flea". This is the biggest market in Goa and you can buy almost everything here. A very good market and a very cheap place.
There are plenty of places to shop in Goa.
Ingos Saturday night market Apora or the Wednesday Market at Anjuna both are massive markets with everything to barter and haggle over. Or if you prefer just chill out have a drink and soak up the madness & atomsphere.Plenty of shops and Jewellers to browse in Calangute,Candolim & Baga. Also the Tibetan markets on road side .
What to buy: Goa is a good place to visit the tailors shops, you can have anything copied or made.Take in your favourite suit or shirt or take a look in the pile of catalogues in the tailors shop and pick your matieral and colour,it will be made to fit.
What to pay: Haggling is the name of the game.
All across Goa, especially by the side of the beaches there are lots of flea-street markets where you can shop for just anything starting from T-shirts to earrings. Definitely worth buying and prices are pretty cheap.
The photo is from the street market near the Dona Paula beach
What to buy: Anything
What to pay: reasonable
The flea market in anjuna is full of lovely treats and gifts for you and your loved ones. There are traders from all over india. So if your trip is only restricted to goa you can still buy some rajasthani or tibetan artifacts to take home and surprise them with.
What to buy: Coconut earrings.
Mirror work skirts.
What to pay: Bargain. The best man wins.
Anjuna market operates on Wednesday only, and it is one of the biggest outdoor markets I have ever seen before.
- Bargains as far as the eye can see.
Here you can buy all kinds of things (not all genuine of course!)- local handicrafts, leather goods, clothing, sunglasses etc and the incredibly cheap prices just encourage you to spend more.
I like to drive a hard bargain and the bartering makes it so much more fun- at the end of the day most vendors want to make a sale so if you are persistant you can get some incredible bargains. Being outdoors in the stifling heat and intensity is quite exhausting though- and you need to relax on the beach after a hard morning shopping, wondering how you will get all of your good in the suitcase and back home!!
What to buy: Local crafts, leather, clothing, plus much more.
What to pay: As little as possible.
A mass of stalls selling anything you could possibly need or not need as the case may be. The resident hippies and locals make this an experience not to be missed with a mix of colourful clothing, jewelry, herbs and spices on sale at knockdown prices if your prepared to haggle.
WEDNESDAY ONLY (NOT DURING MONSOON)
What to buy: Silver and semi precious stones are a bargain here along with cotton clothing.
What to pay: Half the price and be prepared to barter very hard.
Watch the Goan people going about their business on this busy market in the centre of mapusa. The smells and the atmosphere make it an assault on the senses, a lot less commercialised than the Anjuna market and more for the locals.
What to buy: Spices are a favourite to buy along with cotton clothing
What to pay: Just haggle
This colourful market sells everything, here a young girl offers fresh fish from a basket you can also buy fruit and veg, Meat in fact most things