Flea Market

Halloween Theme

Theme

Once a month, Boomerang Bistro in District 7 holds a Flea Market. It’s not really considered a traditional Flea Market due to the noticeable absence of antiques and second hand gems but this doesn’t take away its charm. The market offer some unique gifts, handmade jewellery, cosmetics and high quality clothing, shoes and accessories. It’s location isn’t ideal for us inner-city dwellers, being a good 30min drive away, but it does make for a nice day out. Similarly, being held above a sports bar works wonders if you like to use your other-half as a taxi; mine was more than happy sat in front of the flat screen TV with a full English Breakfast and a beer for a few hours. Not to mention the free WiFi …

The popularity of the Flea Market has certainly increased in recent months, with organizers now offering an additional monthly market at Vista Bazaar in District 2. And, as I type, I’ve just received notification that they’ll be offering 2 market dates a month in District 7, alone, as of January 2014.

I’ve visited the Flea Market a couple of times since moving out here, but have never had quite such a successful time as I did last weekend. The theme was Halloween, but short of a few pumpkins dotted around, there wasn’t anything garish or unsightly to ruin the relaxed Sunday afternoon vibe.

The stalls are spread across the 1st floor of the Bistro and spill out onto an outdoor courtyard of the Crescent Mall. I find this area can be quite uncomfortable in Saigon’s intense afternoon heat, so I always try to arrive early and get all my shopping done before 1pm. Another option is to visit in the evening; most stalls are open until 7pm.

This Weekend's Haul

This Weekend’s Haul

So, to share my success of this weekend, here are a few particular stalls of interest:

  • Hữu Là La – Here, I bought a pair of floral flip-flops and a winter scarf; 70,000vnd (£2.05) and 100,000vnd (£2.93) respectively. They also sold some interesting cushions and home accessories that would be right at home in an old English thatch cottage.
  • Petite Note – A gorgeous home-made jewellery stall where I bought a bronze moustache necklace and a pair of matching earrings; 70,000vnd (£2.05) and 30,000vnd (£0.88) respectively.
  • Shimmer Silver – A little on the expensive side (by Vietnamese standards), but offered some genuine silver jewellery. I bought two beautiful rings for 300,000vnd (£8.80)

I also loved some of the handmade pictures, signs and clocks sold by  Qủa tăng vẽ tay.

The best part of the shopping experience? No-one relentlessly grabbing your arm and asking you what you want to buy and how much your willing to pay. Saigon Flea Market offers the luxury of window shopping at prices that will blow you away (in the best sense!)

Address: 107 Ton Dat Tien, Phu My Hung, District 7 & The Vista, An Phu, District 2

Opening Times: 11am-7pm (D7), 10am-9pm (D2)

Websitehttp://www.saigonfleamarket.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/saigon.flea.market?hc_location=stream

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jencanjump
    Oct 28, 2013 @ 21:19:09

    I tried to find the market in D7 once… Got totally lost. It does sound lovely though. I really want to go sometime and your purchases sound gorgeous. I think I’ll head over to the District 2 market next time instead. I teach on weekends so the fact it’s open till 9pm is perfect. Thanks!!

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    • kerril29
      Oct 28, 2013 @ 21:38:37

      No problem! I also got lost on my first few attempts to District 7 – it’s a tricky one! Also, they’re opening a new online store which you might also enjoy – check out their Facebook for all the info on it, I think the websites due to be launched any day now! Great for lazy shoppers like me!! 🙂

      Reply

  2. amie
    Oct 29, 2013 @ 21:49:17

    I so fell in love with Vietnam – looking forward to reading about your adventures there! thanks for checking out my last post 🙂

    Reply

  3. amie
    Oct 29, 2013 @ 22:19:31

    the month of September.

    Reply

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