Juna Bazaar in Pune which translates to an old market is actually a revelation. Operating only on Wednesdays and Sundays, this market transforms a part of the Vir Santaji Ghorpade Path, near Maldhhakka Chowk into a bustling flea market. And mind you. It is not just for those who wish to buy things on a tight budget but also for those who have an eye for things artistic and unique. Similar to a mall, the market is well departmentalized. It has accessories, bags, clothes, home utensils, home décor, shoes and vegetables sections making it convenient for shoppers.
The USP of this street would be its home décor section where you can get beautiful copper artifacts that look like remnants of ancient times. Contemporary art imported from China and Taiwan is also available. A cute teapoy set costing Rs. 250 seemed a good buy along with Ganpati and other religious idols which could go anywhere between Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 3,000 depending upon the size. Diyas, lanterns, religious lamps called samai, brass jewelry and door handles with intricate detailing are beautiful buys. These are available at almost one fourth of the market price. Some of these pieces are true antiques and often date back to the medieval period. You can also find second hand furniture like cupboards, sofa sets etc which are perfect for students living in rented flats. Other knick knacks like sickles, ropes, hinges and bolts are also available here.
Old knick knacks
Juna Bazaar also has a fascinating coin collection unearthed from different parts of Maharashtra and sold by villagers to the dealers. In the olden days, people would hide these coins under the trees or in their fields. Marathwada, Khandesh and northern parts of Pune district around Junnar have traditionally been the places where such coins have been found. But beware of being cheated and look for genuine dealers. The prices start from Rs. 5 apiece.
Instruments and Appliances
Located in the middle of the bazaar, MetroMela also noticed an antique telephone priced at Rs. 4,000. This vendor also had telescopes, binoculars, headphones, sunglasses and imported watches. In fact we also saw a Canon camera priced at Rs. 800 in perfect shape along with radios and broken down televisions.
Juna Bazaar also has an extensive collection of travel bags and suitcases that are mostly duplicates of popular brands like Adidas, Puma, VIP etc. A hand bag quoted at Rs. 250 can be bargained and got for as less as Rs. 100. Wallets in fact are available at an unbelievable Rs. 10. Sport shoes and leather shoes are available too. We noticed a Taiwan make of Puma shoes sold at a price of Rs. 400 that almost looks like the original brand.
Catering to the season you can find sweaters along with old garments like sarees, shirts, trousers and salwar kameez displayed here. At the end there is also a vegetable market where you can get varieties of vegetables and fish.
• The key to survival here is in knowing how to bargain.
• For women, it makes better sense to dress conservatively. If possible take a male companion along.
• Better to travel in a rickshaw here.
• Remember, it is open only on Wednesdays and Sundays from 9 AM to 5 PM.
By Trupti Shetty