Sarojini Nagar market in Delhi is a paradise for shopaholics. From branded clothes to junk jewellery, you can find anything and everything here and that too at prices as cheap as ₹100.
But shopping in Sarojini Nagar market can seem daunting with vendors shouting in your direction constantly. So, to make your shopping experience seamless, here’s a quick guide to the vibrant Sarojini Nagar market.
Why is it so cheap?
Ever wondered why Sarojini Nagar clothes are super cheap? Well, the reason is that they are export surplus. Brands like Zara and H&M export clothes from countries like India, Nepal, and Pakistan because the labour here is super cheap for these brands. All the export surplus and rejects from such brands are bought by the shopkeepers of Sarojini Nagar in bulk which they further sell to the general public.
So, now that you know why Sarojini Nagar is so cheap, here are some tips that you can implement on your next shopping trip.
1. Bargain! Bargain! Bargain!
Bargaining requires a certain level of skill. Don’t show too much enthusiasm for anything, and quote about 30 percent less than what you’re willing to pay.
2. Look for any defects, holes, and loose threads
Since most of these products are export surplus and rejects, there are chances that there might be defects in these clothes. Check carefully for any holes or loose threads. Even though most of them will have some problem or the other, as long as the defect isn’t visible, it’s good to go.
3. Don’t get too excited
The problem with Sarojini Nagar is that since everything is available at such low prices, we tend to go overboard. We buy things that we don’t need or clothes that will never fit. The key here is to take a moment and think about whether you need it or not. Will it fit you? Will you ever wear it outside? Just because it’s cheap, it doesn’t mean you have to buy everything.
4. Look around the market, but buy it if you really like it
One thing that I have learnt in my Sarojini Nagar experience is that, most often, you will find similar items elsewhere in the market. So, look around before you buy something. But, at the same time, if you really like an item, buy it. You might not get it at the same price later.
5. Make note of specific lanes
Don’t forget to visit the popular graffiti lane. The vendors here have everything from peplum tops to palazzo pants. During the winter, you can see a huge variety of coats and jackets. Besides this, if you love everything vintage, make sure you check out the lane which is right next to the store that sells punk t-shirts. You can find metal lamps, clutches, and bags here. Also, for all the boho lovers, there is a specific shop in Sarojini (shop no. 115) that sells everything from boho backpacks, tote bags, and frames. So, go crazy.
6. Don’t miss the roadside stalls
This is the part that requires patience. While strolling through Sarojini Nagar, you will find a lot of these roadside stalls selling clothes at a fixed price of ₹50, ₹100, and ₹200. These are stalls that can either make or break your shopping trip. Just make sure you look thoroughly. These stalls are the best to grab some basic clothes.
Pro tip: Carry a big bag to store all your shopping. This way, you will avoid misplacing any item.
How to reach Sarojini Nagar market
The best way to reach Sarojini Nagar is via metro. You can get off at the Sarojini Nagar metro station (Pink Line) and walk to the market or take an auto. You can also take a cab directly to the market, if you want.