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Flea markets on the weekend – the new culture of young people in Hanoi
Updated at Saturday, 27 May 2017, 15:32
Initially born in rural areas flea markets, or chợ phiên in Vietnamese, have recently become the latest wrinkle in Hanoi, offering a broad array of products at reasonable prices and adding diversity to the already vibrant metropolis.
 
The concept of a flea market or a bazaar stems from Western countries. Such places rent space to people who want to sell or exchange goods. Both second-hand and high quality items at low prices are found at such venues.
The concept of a flea market or a bazaar stems from Western countries. Such places rent space to people who want to sell or exchange goods. Both second-hand and high quality items at low prices are found at such venues.
Flea market in Vietnam are unique and different from elsewhere because a flea market is open for a couple of hours during the day in a certain public place and only takes place periodically.
Flea market in Vietnam are unique and different from elsewhere because a flea market is open for a couple of hours during the day in a certain public place and only takes place periodically.
However, most flea markets in Hanoi are open from the morning until late at night on weekends. In Hanoi, a flea market is also a meeting place for locals to exchange farming products.
However, most flea markets in Hanoi are open from the morning until late at night on weekends. In Hanoi, a flea market is also a meeting place for locals to exchange farming products.
In Hanoi such a flea market sells all kinds of goods like any market but keeps its periodical characteristics – only gathering once a week or twice a month.
In Hanoi such a flea market sells all kinds of goods like any market but keeps its periodical characteristics – only gathering once a week or twice a month.
Hanoians especially the youth recently have adopted a tendency to go shopping at numerous bazaars or flea markets held weekly or monthly that offers unique stuffs at special rates.
Hanoians especially the youth recently have adopted a tendency to go shopping at numerous bazaars or flea markets held weekly or monthly that offers unique stuffs at special rates.
More and more flea markets have opened in the city in recent years and visiting them is a favorite hobby of young people.
More and more flea markets have opened in the city in recent years and visiting them is a favorite hobby of young people.
Like a Hello Weekend Market, in here people can buy and exchange things with the others. This is also an ideal place for unique hand-made accessories and interior decoration items.
Like a Hello Weekend Market, in here people can buy and exchange things with the others. This is also an ideal place for unique hand-made accessories and interior decoration items.
Sellers or artisans at these marketplaces prefer this kind of business as they can offer products directly to customers and promote their online shops as well.
Sellers or artisans at these marketplaces prefer this kind of business as they can offer products directly to customers and promote their online shops as well.
In the meantime, shoppers prefer visiting these places for relaxation as well as for a good chance to purchase trendy clothes, footwear, bags, accessories and household decoration items at discounts from 10% to 50%.
In the meantime, shoppers prefer visiting these places for relaxation as well as for a good chance to purchase trendy clothes, footwear, bags, accessories and household decoration items at discounts from 10% to 50%.
Each flea market has anywhere from 10 to 80 stalls. Each stall is actually a large table rented from the organizers, and the owners of stalls at flea market in Hanoi are often those running online shops.
Each flea market has anywhere from 10 to 80 stalls. Each stall is actually a large table rented from the organizers, and the owners of stalls at flea market in Hanoi are often those running online shops.
The prices of goods at flea market range from VND30,000 (US$1.5) to hundreds of thousands of VND.
The prices of goods at flea market range from VND30,000 (US$1.5) to hundreds of thousands of VND.
Many people prefer flea market in Hanoi, because it doesn’t take time to go from one street to another to buy two items.
Many people prefer flea market in Hanoi, because it doesn’t take time to go from one street to another to buy two items.
This is an event that has lured the most foreign participants as it takes place at one of the largest residential areas for foreigners in town.
This is an event that has lured the most foreign participants as it takes place at one of the largest residential areas for foreigners in town.
The emergence of flea markets in Hanoi has added new “color” to the retail market in Vietnam, and is creating opportunities for students and fresh university graduates to practice their business skills and explore their own potential in a city of ten million people, thanks to the cheap investment it takes to operate a stall.
The emergence of flea markets in Hanoi has added new “color” to the retail market in Vietnam, and is creating opportunities for students and fresh university graduates to practice their business skills and explore their own potential in a city of ten million people, thanks to the cheap investment it takes to operate a stall.



 
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