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Hidden antique market brings collectors together

Update: October, 14/2017 - 10:27
Stack that paper: A stand sells old đồng bills. It is customary for shop keepers to sell one bill to one customer so that many will have the chance to acquire them.
Viet Nam News

A little weekend market, located in a café in hẻm ( the southern Vietnamese word for alley) 311 on Nơ Trang Long Street, Bình Thạnh District, has been well-known among antique hunters in HCM City since 2013.

Buzzing: The little market is a popular gathering spot for antique hunters and collectors in the city. — Photos Mạnh Linh

Shops open from 6am to 2pm. Buyers and sellers both pay a VNĐ30,000 (US$1.3) entrance fee, which includes a drink from the café.

Far and wide: The market is well-known not just among locals but also foreigners.

“We call it a market but in reality it’s more like a place where people who share the same passion for antiques come together to meet and talk,” said a shopkeeper who goes by the name of Khánh.

Eye on the prize: A man carefully examines an old watch with a loupe.

“Sometimes, collectors just come in to show off their treasures. Many others just come to have a cup of coffee and watch,” he added.

Tick tock: Old watches for sale at a shop.

Antique hunters travel the country to collect their wares; some even bring things from overseas to sell here. One can find anything here: vintage cameras, typewriters, watches and out-of-circulation coins and bills.

Pre-Instagram: Vintage cameras on display at the market. Collectors often come here just to show off their treasured possessions.

Business here is done in a different way: no bargaining, no yelling and no rushing. Both buyers and sellers take the time to talk, to carefully watch and to admire precious items that belong to a distant time. — VNS



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