Juna Bazar is one of Pune’s oldest markets, set up on Veer Santaji Ghorpade Road – opposite Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj stadium at Kasba Peth. The market is set up in the form of makeshift stalls, and only a sparse number of brick-and-mortar shops. Operational only on Wednesdays and Sundays, you’ll find a lot of really cool stuff here, but you will also have to bargain hard to get the right price. We paid Juna Bazaar a visit, and here are 6 unique things we found.
Gramophones, Lanterns & More: 6 Quirky Things We Found At Juna Bazaar
Antique Jewellery Boxes
A Restored Gramophone And Vintage Records
Audiophiles, pay heed – we found a restored, functional gramophone priced at INR 3500, as well as vintage records of Hindi cinema classics, each for INR 100. You’ll have to hunt through the pile of records to find what you like – but it’ll be worth it. The stall has no name, but you can contact them at +91 9049063352.
Hibachi-Style Grill And Skewers
If you love to grill your own food, these portable Hibachi-style grills are ideal for you. A small grill costs INR 800, and a larger one goes for INR 1500. Wood-handled skewers will cost only INR 100 for a set of six. The grills work on charcoal and are great for home-style BBQ, house parties, and to travel with.
Brass Home Furnishings
Towards the end of Juna Bazar, (near the main traffic signal), you’ll find a lot of brassware vendors. We found a set of beautiful antique cut-glass and brass cupboard handles for INR 500, animal figurines for various prices (bargain, bargain, bargain!), vintage animal-shaped brass locks (with keys) for INR 1800, a brass masala box set for INR 900, and a really neat brass embossed beer mug set for INR 3000 (or INR 500 each). We suggest you approach different brassware vendors and compare prices and pieces before you decide to buy – most have similar items for sale, and some are better than others.
Carry a bottle of water, and something to cover your head with – the sun is harsh here. If you feel thirsty, there are also stalls selling nimbu-pani, where you can quench your thirst for just INR 10 – 15 per glass.