I was in Delhi over the weekend. Since KC was working on Friday I decided to head to my favorite shopping place- Sarojini Nagar. I will not post pics of my purchase ‘coz I bought some 13 pieces for less than 3k. Everytime I go to SR (once in 6 months) I need to remember a few rules. Below are the shopping rules…
- Timing is very important. Markets like SR are generally very crowded. Avoid them on weekends as much as possible. If weekday shopping is not an option, go in the morning… around 11 or 12.
- Carry a large bag… specially if you are travelling by metro. The small stalls only give white polythene which can tear easily. Or you can buy a big, ugly bag for less than 100 bucks. I would suggest carrying a bag.
- SR does have parking but I think metro is extremely comfortable. It costs 20-30 bucks by auto from the station
- SR is a confusing place… even marking landmarks don’t help. This time I started shopping from the Denizen store and came across 2-3 stores of the same. The first time it will be confusing… the 4th time is much better. Just keep walking.
- Avoid footwear and purses. Even footwear bought from the shops have not lasted very long and I paid 700 bucks for a pair. Not all of them are bad… but I am not happy. The purses’ quality also isn’t good. My last purchase broke the 1st time I used it. Stick to clothes.
- SR is basically a market with factory seconds or rejects. Most companies like Zara, H&M, Atmosphere, Mango etc manufacture in India. The rejects (mostly with minor defects) are sold off (illegally). They end up in SR. Check before you purchase. I have not come across major defects and the quality is pretty good. Minor issues can be resolved at the local tailor. Some of my purchases have been better than mall stuff.
- Size can be an issue. The first time I went to SR I bought shorts with size 32. On coming home I realized they are low waist and 34 would have been better. Thankfully, I lost inches and they fit very well now. But… always buy a size larger. You can get it altered easily. Don’t believe the vendors… they are just trying to sell off their stuff and will not hesitate to tell you that it is the right size. Another thing vendors do is stretch the top or dress or pants (if they have elastic) and make you buy a smaller size. You don’t want the elastic stretching itself and biting into your flesh.
- Bargain… I am always a little shy initially. Always start at 50% of the price quoted by a vendor. Don’t budge from your rate… the vendor will come around… 9 out of 10 times. Not kidding. I got everything at the rate I quoted
- In case a vendor does not come around, bargaining won’t help. You cannot have an ego while shopping. I generally walk away and if he does not call me back I return after sometime to buy it at the vendor’s price.
- Carry enough cash. There are only 2 ATMs in SR and there is always a queue. I keep around 2k in my wallet ‘coz I am generally tempted to use all the money.
- Wash the clothes at home. They are generally hung outside and maybe have mud and dirt on them
- SR generally has trends… most stalls will have a similar trend. They don’t all have same clothes (like Lokhandwala in Mumbai). Example, last time it was pallazzo pants… they were everywhere. This time it was animal, funky prints.