To say that Vernissage has everything under the sun for sale is not much of an exaggeration. Everything from vast collections of used electronic circuit board components to chemicals for laboratories to Soviet relics will have you swearing you could find the components for a nuclear bomb, but you'll probably be more interested in the large handicrafts selection, carpets and memorabilia.
Located near Republic Square, off Nalbandyan Street by the Metro, the entire first block has little of interest to tourists. The strange collection of items for sale however is irresistible for photographers, who can probably never match some of the collections of random items carefully laid out on a cloth or sheet.
The second large block, starting at Hanrapetutyan Street begins with books and flags, embroidery and carpets, and continues to sections with t-shirts, backgammon/chess boards, dolls, paintings, jewelry, ceramics, khachkars, woodcraft, Soviet memorabilia, household items and a multitude of other things. If you want to take home a souvenir or gifts, odds are you'll find something here. Even if you don't you'll probably get a kick out of the sights and sounds of the sprawling market. Keep your wallets and purses tight, this is the one place in Yerevan known to have a resident pair of pickpockets.
What to buy: Carpets, ceramics, backgammon boards, a painting, military patch, khachkar, doll or a good art book.
What to pay: from pennies to hundreds of dollars
Perhaps the BEST PLACE in the whole of Armenia to buy souvenirs from.. Vernissage is a bazaar style shopping experience on a blocked off street where ONLY ON THE WEEKENDS (SATURDAY AND SUNDAYS) people sell souvenirs and pretty much any type of Armenian Handcrafts one can think of.
What to buy: PAINTINGS, CARPETS, EMBROIDERIES, WOOD AND STONE CARVINGS, METALWORK, ARMENIAN DOLLS, KHACHKARS FROM TUFF AND MANY MANY MORE ITEMS
What to pay: Bargaining is accepted in Vernissage but sometimes a price a customer asks is clearly not worth the many hundreds of hours spent by the person to make the khachkar from wood or the backgammon.. Hence be fair in the price you ask to pay!!!
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