Hot spots for second-hand treasures in Jakarta

Hot spots for second-hand treasures in Jakarta
GATEWAY TO SHOPPING: Imported clothes can be found on the third floor of Metro Atom shopping centre in Pasar Baru (pictured) and in Blok III Pasar Senen, both in Central Jakarta.

JAKARTA - Used items can be interesting and highly sought after, especially when it is difficult to find a new version of a product in stores.

Here are some hot second-hand products that can be found in special locations in Jakarta.

VINTAGE

DEALS

Antique lovers would be familiar with the row of shops selling vintage products in Jalan Surabaya, Central Jakarta.

The flea market, established in the 1960s, offers antique items ranging from furniture, electronics, cutlery and musical instruments to rare books.

You can find random old items like phonograph records, brass irons, diving helmets, cameras, woks and chandeliers.

Just like other flea markets, you can bargain here. However, it takes a good eye and artfulness to score something good at a low price.

An old functioning radio, for example, is tagged at 2.5 million rupiah (S$255) to 3 million rupiah. However, the price could be slashed if you are a smart bargainer. Another tip for shopping here is not hesitating to ask about the details of items, because the sellers may not tell you if you do not ask.

CLOTHES

You can find imported clothes on the third floor of Metro Atom shopping centre in Pasar Baru and in Blok III Pasar Senen, both in Central Jakarta.

Elisa Martina, 23, a regular customer, said she liked to shop at both places for cheap vintage apparel of good design and quality.

"Aside from their vintage design, I like used clothes because they are cheap and long-lasting," she said.

Sellers at both places claim their products come from countries such as South Korea, Japan, Singapore and the United States.

Products in Metro Atom are relatively more expensive than those at Pasar Senen because they have been re-treated and are displayed in air-conditioned premises.

The apparel ranges from wedding gowns, tuxedos, casual and office wear, winter coats and shoes to branded bags. Prices start from 5,000 rupiah to 2 million rupiah. Metro Atom is open every day from 10am to about 6pm.

Meanwhile, Pasar Senen offers similar products as Metro Atom, but in a non-air-conditioned area.

BOOKWORMS'

PARADISE

For all bookworms out there, a second-hand book market in the basement of Blok M Square shopping mall in South Jakarta can be a treasure trove.

The market - consisting of dozens of small stalls - offers novels, comics, encyclopedias, dictionaries, religious books, magazines and other things for customers of various ages. Several vendors in the market also sell books in English, Dutch and French.

There are also two stalls that specialise in antique books, like the first edition of Pramoedya Ananta Toer's The Buru Quartet and The Beatles: BBC Archives. The prices range from 5,000 rupiah - for a second-hand magazine or comic book - to 15 million rupiah for a set of antique books.

Blok M Square is within walking distance of the Blok M Transjakarta bus terminal and opens from 11am to 9pm daily.

GADGET

S GALORE

People looking for new and second-hand gadgets usually go to ITC Roxy Mas, which is located at No. 125, Jalan KH Hasyim Ashari in Central Jakarta.

The mall consists of four storeys, three of which house hundreds of stalls that sell gadgets - mostly mobile phones, and spare parts and accessories - with a foodcourt at the top floor.

Customers can buy gadgets retail or wholesale. They can also sell their gadgets to vendors and order specific ones. Bargaining is allowed here, with some counters accepting payment by debit or credit card.

Some vendors also offer technical services. Most of the stalls in the mall open at 11am and close at 9pm. They are open seven days a week, with peaking business on weekends.

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