Surabaya Street Flea Market, Jakarta

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    spectacular price drops...

    by belgianchocolate Updated Jul 24, 2003

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    I'll throw my western view over this street....

    Hmm this is called antiques street by some other vt'ers or flea market.
    I would call it craftsstreet. The antiques in this street are made in the workplaces behind the shops. :-)

    The vendours are really really pushy. It is tiresome , ... And the prices are extravagant.

    If you are white , they'll think you are rich. That makes the prices ridiculous. It helps a lot if you are really not that interested. Prices drop till 30 and 10 procent of the initial amounts.

    TIPs : compare the prices in the different shops - and don't hesitate to confront the sellers.
    -walk on if they don't drop the price...they will come after you - pack the thing and give it to you for a much more reasonable price.
    - I'm a really gentle person - most times - but this people made me rude. So be prepared.

    The nice thing- they speak a bit of English and give backgrounds about the stuff. The funny thing I found - a manneke pis. Tyipical Belgian statue and symbol of Brussels.

    You can still find some original antiques...original Dutch chandeliers...

    And I'm quite happy with my mass tourist rhino statue...

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    Jalan Surabaya. the flea...

    by Kozzmozz Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Jalan Surabaya. the flea market of Jakarta.
    This street is located in one of the city's better residential areas known for its flea market. Stalls offer a wide range of goods, some of them antiquities, including ornate lamps, porcelain, brass-ware, handicrafts, Bargaining is necessary, including the skill to distinguish authenticity from imitations.

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