Living in Mumbai comes with its shortcomings: expensive real estate and shoe-box houses. This for anyone who’d rather step out and browse through furniture to set up their houses. Be warned, your furniture is only as good as your bargaining skills.

Oshiwara Furniture Market

Photo: Athul Prasad/LBB

Photo: Athul Prasad/LBB

If you’re new to this city, this place should be on speed dial {figuratively speaking}. Oshiwara furniture market is a gift that keeps giving and in this case, beautiful new and vintage furniture.

From tables, to cupboards, beds, cabinets and what not, this market is like an endless gold mine that we’d like to keep digging. The entire stretch of the market has shops lined up with the shopkeepers enticing you in with their antique teak pieces displayed nicely outside. You’ll find pretty much everything here. We managed a great bargain of a secondhand dressing table {including the wooden framed mirror} for INR 1,200. They key to shopping here is – bargain, bargain and bargain incessantly. You can basically get anything between INR 500 to up to INR 10,000. They also make new furniture here so if you’re in the mood for something brand new you can get it done here.

If you’d like to conquer the market like a pro, read our guide here.

#LBBTip: They will paint up the furniture all nice and shiny, so we highly suggest that you make sure to bring that up while you’re deciding on the final price of your purchase.

Where: Ramjanak Singh Compound, Oshiwara Bridge, SV Road, Jogeshwari West

Timings: 10am to 7.30pm

Chor Bazaar

Photo: Athul Prasad/LBB

Photo: Athul Prasad/LBB

As the name goes, Chor Bazaar literally translates to ‘thieve’s market’. Find old, new and ahem, borrowed stuff here for a real steal deal. Starting off from mutton street where there are more than 100 shops, it’s a fantastic place to get your house furniture sourced from.

This market has all sorts of antique, old colonial furniture, in addition to house decor items like gorgeous chandeliers, sofas, armchairs, and even outrageous big decor pieces like fountains or elephants. We have found wooden chairs {secondhand obviously} for INR 800 each to beds that cost INR 1,200 a set. Make sure to speak to the shopkeeper in depth before going in for the purchase. Though most of them are quite honest about the quality of the pieces they sell, it’s good to bargain and make sure you’re getting your penny’s worth. You can also read our hipster’s guide to Chor Bazaar here.

#LBBTip: It’s open on all days except Fridays. We also recommend stepping out in the mornings on weekdays to avoid the massive weekend crowd.

Where: Mutton Street, Near Bhendi Bazaar, Mohammad Ali Road

Timings: 11am to 7.30pm

Bandra Station Market

Photo source: Nicholas via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Photo source: Nicholas via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

The lane near the Bandra station {super easy to spot} has dozens of furniture shop in a line. Not just furniture, they have tons of shops lines up that sell frames for mirrors that you’d like to set up at your home.

From steel cupboards, to wooden furniture, beds, tables, you can pretty much get anything here. It’s not super cheap, but you can get some really nice cane pieces for INR 500 and upward.

Where: Near Bandra station, western side

Timings: Mondays to Sundays, 10am to 8pm

Bangur Nagar, Goregaon

Photo source: Kshitij Ashtekar via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Photo source: Kshitij Ashtekar via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Something for the Goregaon residents. Bangur Nagar’s furniture market stretches between Malad and Linking road – you can easily spot the shops with furniture displayed outside. If you’re looking for affordable secondhand furniture then head here.

You’ll find cane and bamboo furniture {new and old}, secondhand wooden stuff like cupboards, beds, tables, bookshelves and more. Of course, as the rule goes, make sure to bargain heavily to your benefit.

Where: Bangur Nagar, Goregaon, This stretch starts from Hypercity Mall going towards Oshiwara

Timings: Closed on Thursday, 10am to 8pm

Featured photo: Athul Prasad/LBB