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“Sensory overload of local goods”

Mercado de Artesanias
Ranked #6 of 34 Shopping in Antigua
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Houston, Texas
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146 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Sensory overload of local goods”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2014

Certainly the best place to look for artisan goods efficiently. There are around 100 stalls of all artisan goods--from blankets to jewelry and all the trinkets you can imagine. The owners are very aggressive so do your best to ignore and look at your leisure. Be sure to bargain, it's expected. After awhile it all kind of blends together so try to go in with an idea of what you want so you can filter things out.

Visited December 2013
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English first
Perth, Australia
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48 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Very touristy but some good textiles if you spend time looking”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

Very good markets, easy access, plenty of stores (all selling similar items) and most of the vendors can speak English.

Great for bags and other trinkets.

Visited January 2014
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New York City, New York
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43 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Lovely Handcrafted Objects”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Wooden masks, textiles, and knickknacks.Must bargain. Propose half of what they are offering and go from there.

Visited August 2013
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Sherman, Texas
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Interesting!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

Typical outdoor/indoor market. They really, really want to sell you something and will try all the tricks in the book. I realized you can get them down to half what they first ask. When you walk away they will usually say Okay, for you that price! Some things we could have gotten better price on but I hate to not give them some profit! Everyone has the same stuff for the most part. Inside is sectioned in types of merchandise...we got inside and it went on for ever. Almost didn't find our way out! Very fun but be prepared to say NO! or TOO MUCH!

Visited July 2013
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Quito, Ecuador
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206 reviews
100 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“pick a souvenir”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2013

This place is filled with craft artists, it is hard to decide for a piece, prices are negotiable, so you put the price. The people in Antigua are very nice!

Visited June 2013
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