The magic of the ancient, rustic and other-worldly is not lost on us. There is still a satisfaction from typewriters that no smartphone can parallel, a classiness in pocket watches no Fastrack can compete with, an authenticity about vinyl records that a ‘.mp3’ file will never beat. Rush to Juna Bazaar to get hold of those old-school stuff!
This Pune Bazaar Is A Treasure Trove Of All Things Rustic And Antique At Very Reasonable Prices!
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In every seemingly hip city that boasts of the infectious 21st century vibe, there’ll always be some quiet corners still bubbling with warmth of the decades gone by, and every once in a while, it’s worth it to break away from the humdrum of our daily life, and go back in time, explore the city like a tourist from the future. And if one can, carry back some souvenirs on the way back.
When in Pune, Juna Bazaar is that window to your time travel. The flea market is open on Wednesdays and Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm by occupying a part of Veer Santaji Ghorpade Road. Tents line up along the street, and the market is usually pretty crowded, but you should definitely consider visiting if you’re looking to add a rustic flair to your home without having to burn a hole in your pocket.
Some of the cool things we got our hands on at Juna Bazaar were antique coins some even as old as from the 17th century (at about INR 50 a piece), brass idols, vinyl records in pretty decent condition and cassettes. A few small tents also keep a collection of antique camera models and lenses. But be warned, these tents will take a little effort to spot. Telescopes and binoculars from the 1900s starting at around INR 1000 are something that caught our fancy too, and something you should be on the lookout for.
But to be able to make the most of Juna Bazaar, bargaining is a skill you need, and even more so, if you don’t speak Marathi. It will take that and some patience and you could actually come back with your own mini museum.
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Get your hands on some goodies and don’t pay a bomb!
Park your car a little further away from the market and walk to it. The roads can get pretty crammed during market opening hours and you can save time this way.
Also, be very wary of pickpockets.