This post is about where you can shop if you are budget Decorating. Here are Five Places in Bangalore for Great deals.
I believe no budget is too small for decorating. If you are willing to put in the time and know what kind of look you want to achieve, it can be created. So here are 5 places in Bangalore for great deals.
Apart from selling bamboo and its products, Bamboo Bazaar is like a treasure hunt in real life. You can find different kinds of timber, old doors and windows, old furniture and artifacts. Be willing to make friends with dust, heat and long walks and you shall be suitably rewarded in due time. The thing about shopping on a budget is that you cannot give up after one failed attempt. Keep looking. Go back another day. If you are really lucky you will chance upon some good stuff. You may find an antique pair of chairs or a bed or an ornamental window.
The old furniture pieces come as is and will need restoration. If you are considering restoring them yourself, pick up pieces that are as per your level of skill. Sometimes all it needs is a good clean up and a lick of paint. Good tip: Know approximate retail prices and you can negotiate to buy your piece.
A small settlement of potters live here and make a variety of earthen ware. They have planters, pots, tandoors, diyas, cookware, serveware, masks, decorative pieces etc,. The prices are very reasonable and the people are quite friendly. Earthen pots look absolutely gorgeous when they are painted with regular wall emulsion. So take your time, look around and peep into every corner and see what you can find. I have painted a tandoor and turned it into a decorative pot on a terrace garden. I have bought terracotta plates from Pottery Town and my Rasam rice tastes divine in it.
The street adjacent to the Army Mess leading to the Shivajinagar bus stand is the Central Street. You will find a number of furniture vendors here. Again not being in a hurry is the key. You can get good sturdy metal dining chairs for as low as 800 bucks. If you are a crafty and DIY person, furnishing an apartment on a budget is going to be a piece of cake. You can get sturdy cheap furniture and do some painting, decoupage or small upgrades to make they look great. Good tip: Dont shop on an empty stomach and carry drinking water with you.
This place is fabric lovers paradise. Export surplus and rejects are bought by vendors on this street and you will see fabric heaps in every shop in the stretch. You can find traditional to contemporary to very modern fabric designs here. If you like something, pick it immediately and dont pass it off for next time. Hundreds of people visit the markets everyday. There is a good chance that the fabric you liked will not remain until you visit next.
You can even find cushion covers, chair pads, table runners etc., that are sold in the western market under big brand names at ridiculously low prices. No Good tip: Inspect everything thoroughly before you buy.
This is one of my favorites coz of the mystery surrounding it. You never know what you will find untill you get there. The Sunday market happens on Sundays, obviously, and starts from BVK iyengar road all the way to KR Market and the by-lanes in between. You can get anything here. From Vintage typewriters to maybe someones old pants. The possibilities are endless. Look at everything from an upcycle project point of view. I created this chandelier out of fan blades I found at the Sunday market. The vintage typewriter, you wont believe I found at the Sunday Market.
Read about my shopping haunts on LBB Bangalore.