Shopping doesn't have to be a chore and it doesn't necessitate forced pleasantries with anxious salesmen. The best places to shop are the places that are densely stocked with goods that sell themselves. Some of these spots are stores or neighborhoods full of stores and some of them are acres covered in haphazardly constructed stalls. The only thing that all of the world's best shopping destinations have in common is stuff that you'd want to buy.
Thieves Market, Mumbai
Why to Go: The Thieves Market isn't a market so much as it is a neighborhood full of antique shops cluttered with the priceless and the valueless. Need a wooden carousel tiger, an old Bollywood poster, a four poster bed, or an unused toboggan? You've come to the right place. Prices are extremely flexible and a beautiful old piece of furniture can be had for very little. The only question is whether whatever catches your eye will fall apart when seized from the musty confines of a cluttered shop and brought outside into the light.
What to Buy: The best bets are generally dressers and old travel trunks, but getting them home can be difficult. If you have a house to furnish, buy a shipping container and fill it up. Prices that seem high in the context of the market seem laughably low after you make it back to the States.
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