Why spend a fortune on exotic labels when for a fraction of the price you can purchase cheap but beautiful secondhand clothes from all over the world?
Gems to be found at Ba Chieu Market
By Kieu Giang in HCMC
Customers choose clothes at Ba Chieu secondhand clothes market in Phu Nhuan District - Photo: Kieu Giang Why spend a fortune on exotic labels when for a fraction of the price you can purchase cheap but beautiful secondhand clothes from all over the world?
Ba Chieu Market in HCMC’s Phu Nhuan District is where all the fashionistas diversify their wardrobes, from tops and pants to dresses and accessories.
Actually, there are many secondhand clothes markets and shops like Nhat Tao, Hoang Hoa Tham, Ho Xuan Huong and Dinh Cong Trang but the most popular is Ba Chieu. From downtown, you go onto Dien Bien Phu Street to Dinh Tien Hoang Street to reach the market which is located in a small street off Vu Tung and lies next to Ba Chieu Tomb. The venue, a 50 meter-street, is home to over forty small nameless shops with clothes and accessories almost covering the shops’ entrances.
At the top of the market, there are shops selling both local and international male and female shirts priced from VND50,000 (around US$2.5). Customers, especially young girls will find it interesting with dozens of shops offering T-shirts, sweaters, jackets and dresses in diversified colors and styles.
A high-school girl named Huong jumped for joy when she saw an off-shoulder top and ripped denim shorts which is the look worn by her idol U.S. teen star Miley Cyrus at only VND110,000 for both items. I personally bought a dozen denim jackets priced from VND50,000-200,000 which could perfectly match different styles of outfits from bohemian dresses, skinny torn jeans and office-style suits.
At the end of Ba Chieu there are many shops selling stuffed toy animals, belts, handbags, suitcases and jeans.
The most amazing thing is sometimes you can find a new Lacoste T-shirt at only VND90,000 (about US$4.5) or Levis jeans at VND100,000.
Some disadvantages of such clothes is some are quite dirty, smell bad, have technical defects, there are no refunds and there is only one size per piece of clothing.
That’s why you need to check the product carefully and think carefully before making any purchases.
Tips for would-be secondhand clothing purchasers are: go shopping in the afternoon, bargain as much as you can, check the product carefully and go together with friends so they can take care of your stuff and help you find good items among a heap of clothes which could dazzle you.
A great idea is to make friends with shop owners so you have priority on the best clothes, which are usually sold to big shops around town at very reasonable prices and get updates on new secondhand arrivals.
Buying secondhand goods is no longer for poor people. It is a hobby of fashionistas and young stylish people to express themselves. Spending just a few hours at the market shopping for some cool stuff at cheap prices to match other branded clothes was a great day out.