*This whole post is strictly my opinion and suggestion. You may have different opinions, and your welcome to share them as well.
If you’re in Mumbai, you CANNOT miss street shopping!
It’s where you get everything cheap, and believe me, very cheap. Have you ever heard of pepe London sweaters at 300 rupees? Well, you will, in Mumbai.
I think the main place where you get awesome stuff is Linking Road Bandra, or Hill Road Bandra. Fashion Street, in my opinion, does not have…fashionable clothes (I know this sounds absurd, but it wasn’t what I had expected. They didn’t have clothes that I liked). Also I thought Fashion Street would be huge, but it’s not.
Also, when you exit almost every station, you will get clothes, shoes, hand bags, pooja stuff, makeup, etc. around.
Cheap stuff= Bad material used= bad quality.
I bought a tee, a year ago, I know long time, anyways it was for 200 rupees at Andheri, I wore it once, and I looked so good that day, but after washing it, the neck line got ruined, color faded and I couldn’t wear it again. Also, when you are shopping, they don’t let you try on the clothes. Because they know, when you do try them on, they won’t really fit properly. But, there are stores that do have a trial room, and I like them.
I bought a pair of sandals a year ago, and I remember I walked in them for a day, and I got a shoe bite and they were really uncomfortable. Often, the heel breaks off or the sole comes off and you need to visit the cobbler frequently.
The only thing I do like is the jewelry and nail polish. They are really cheap. You spend around 125- 250 rupees for earrings at Aldo, or any other branded shop, but on the streets, you get them at 25-100 rupees. And it looks almost the same. But the necklaces are heavy, if it has diamonds or stones, they come off really quickly, it goes black quicker. You get nail polish at around 10- 25 rupees only. Which is pretty good, I’m not sure about the quality but if you don’t use it frequently, it should be fine.
The handbags look good when they are new. I like the cloth handbags, but they can’t really hold weight. If it’s fake leather, then the material starts to peel off. The zipper is really bad. And it stops working after…well you really can’t predict when it would break off, but it does.
The best place for pooja stuff is Dadar, in my opinion.
You also need to have good bargaining skills. They will quote almost double the price. I suggest asking for 35%- 40% of what the person says and then try going up if they don’t listen. But, if it is a fixed rate shop, then you obviously can’t haggle.
Street shopping is good, if you’re going to use the stuff once or twice, and if you can bargain. It must be on your to-do list when in Mumbai because it’s really fun.
And as for quality, what can you expect when you don’t really spend much?
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