A Bazaar of Oddities

2.Old Clocks being sold at a flea market | IMG_4063.jpg
1.Old magazines and books being sold | IMG_3980.jpg
3.Old Television Remote controls and spectacles | IMG_8396.jpg
4.Old Spectacles on on a Hand Cart being sold | IMG_8402.jpg
5.Old Switchboards and spectacles on a Handcart being sold | IMG_8400.jpg
6.Watches and straps | IMG_8430.jpg
7.Old photographs of filmstars like Guru Dutt, Dev Anand and filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock | IMG_9663.jpg
8.Fans and exhaust fans | IMG_8437.jpg
9.Hardware tools like Pliers, Screwdrivers, Wrenches, Plumbing tools being sold | IMG_4054.jpg
10.Hardware like pliers and screwdrivers being sold | IMG_4056.jpg
11.Antique goods being sold | IMG_4045.jpg
12.An old doll and other items on sale | IMG_7572.jpg
13.Mannequins | IMG_7578.jpg
14.Household Electronics | IMG_9655.jpg
2.Old Clocks being sold at a flea market | IMG_4063.jpg
1.Old magazines and books being sold | IMG_3980.jpg
3.Old Television Remote controls and spectacles | IMG_8396.jpg
4.Old Spectacles on on a Hand Cart being sold | IMG_8402.jpg
5.Old Switchboards and spectacles on a Handcart being sold | IMG_8400.jpg
6.Watches and straps | IMG_8430.jpg
7.Old photographs of filmstars like Guru Dutt, Dev Anand and filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock | IMG_9663.jpg
8.Fans and exhaust fans | IMG_8437.jpg
9.Hardware tools like Pliers, Screwdrivers, Wrenches, Plumbing tools being sold | IMG_4054.jpg
10.Hardware like pliers and screwdrivers being sold | IMG_4056.jpg
11.Antique goods being sold | IMG_4045.jpg
12.An old doll and other items on sale | IMG_7572.jpg
13.Mannequins | IMG_7578.jpg
14.Household Electronics | IMG_9655.jpg

A Bazaar of Oddities

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The word ‘Juna’ means ‘old’ in Marathi, and everything sold in Juna bazaar is old and second-hand. Pune’s version of the flea market is a marketplace full of oddities. Most of the objects sold there are either highly useful things sold at a bargain price, or bizarre artifacts that may just be collectors’ items. From rare coins and binoculars and vintage cameras, you can get really lucky and find a great bargain or get stuck with a fake 'antique'. Photo frames, TV remotes, spectacles, old radio sets and dolls--the bazaar is full of both unique and commonplace things, and you realize how each of these would have been a part of a someone else’s life at some point of time. Juna bazaar is for the discerning shopper. 

On making your way to this busy section of the Vir Santaji Ghorpade Path on Wednesdays and Sundays (for that is when the market operates), you will notice hundreds of shoppers buzzing about from one stall to another. Heavy bargaining takes place and if you’re lucky, you can come away with some real finds. You can even buy ‘live’ goods like hens and roosters! The concept behind the market is simple. People give away old things that they don't use to scrap dealers, which is then sold to people who need them. It is a win-win arrangement for all concerned.

Something of the ancient still lingers about the marketplace as you take a walk around. It could be the myriad old clocks ticking away, or the fact that Juna Bazaar is so close to the original concept of a bazaar. The cars may be honking away on the busy street with the people pushing past you, but Juna bazaar retains a timeless quality. Could it be that every object sold in the market retains a sense of attachment to its previous owner, of having been a part of someone's everyday life? Perhaps that is what makes it valuable.

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