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Monday, September 10, 2012

Ttukseom Beautiful Flea Market

It can seem difficult to find second hand things in Korea, but the Ttukseom Beautiful Flea Market is a great place to go if you are looking for some second hand items. It's also perfect if you are looking to get rid of some of your junk! A little end of summer cleaning revealed that we've accumulated more stuff then we thought, so we've been looking for a place to dump our stuff. Luckily, we discovered this charity flea market before we left our bags along the side of the road. All you have to do is sign up online on their English (or Korean if you wish) website, bring your old stuff, find your spot, and get ready for the chaos.

The Flea Market is held right under Ttukseom Resort station on line 7 every Saturday from the end of March to the end of October. It starts at 11:00, but you should get there as early as you can so you get a good spot and start selling your things while everyone is still buzzing and has money. Keep in mind that this market is actually a charity and they suggest that you give them at least 10% of your earnings. Not a bad deal.

This place is no joke. It is packed with people and if you have decent or unique things you can expect to sell a lot. The key is to mark the prices and to keep things cheap. Don't expect to sell your 200 dollar used designer jeans for more than 5,000. There are so many clothes here that most clothing items sell for about W1,000 by the end of the day. Start high in the beginning, but don't be afraid to lower your prices when things stop selling. 

When we first got to our spot people were yelling at us to hurry up and take our stuff out so they could be first to dig through it. Korean people don't mess around when it comes to getting a deal and we couldn't peddle things fast enough. The whole situation reminded me of those old movies where the snake oil man is selling something from a wagon and then, all of a sudden, dozens of people start yelling and begging the salesman to take their money. When we first arrived, I was still a little hung over from the night before and totally unable to comprehend or deal with all the madness. I was kinda just wondering around and getting in everyones way…but luckily Deborah was on point as usual. 

After about an hour we could relax a little bit. The frenzy was over. We sold about half of our things and made W80,000 in that first crazy hour.

At the end we sold almost every single thing we brought! The only things we didn't sell were my beyond worn out shoes and my work pants that I wore every other day and should have tossed about 6 months ago. Those shoes brought in the people though. Apparently, my feet are freakishly big in Korea. Dozens of people commented on how big my shoes were. A little side show to bring the customers is never a bad idea.

Overall, we made about W130,000 and sold everything but those three items that were garbage anyway. I think we may have done the best out of the whole market considering we sold everything we brought. Most people didn't seem to be selling things like we were, but everyone was making at least a little money. Don't be shy if you need to get rid of some junk before you move or before you get ready to go back home. The Beautiful Flea Market at Ttukseom Resort is foreigner friendly and definitely a memorable experience.


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