Flea Market Shopping in Beijing China

by Lisa Stewart 16 Oct 2010

There are plenty of upscale shopping centers in Beijing, all filled with the finest in home décor from all over the world. But I’m a bargain hunter, so today I’m heading to Panjiayuan Market.  This is China's biggest art and furniture market, boasting over 3,000 stalls.  Anything you can imagine is there. Even Hillary Clinton has shopped at Panjiayuan.

The thrill of the search builds as I pass by the tacky trinkets, books, coins, jewelry, statues, silks, porcelains, musical instruments and enter the Tibetan and other ethnic stalls. Next I run across Ming pottery, trunks, bronze door knobs, antique locks and even kitchen sinks. I’m getting close! Now I’m going past the hand-painted furniture and heading around the corner.  There it is, the perfect piece to finish the powder room:  a beautiful blue and white vessel sink.  My search is complete!

Offering an alternative to stuffy high-end shops, flea markets can be a great place to find just the right piece for your homes decor. Here at home in Raleigh, NC there is a great flea market at the State Fairgrounds every weekend of the year. The sales people are friendly and easy to engage. Even if you don’t buy, it's fun and fascinating just browsing around the flea markets anywhere in the world. Happy hunting!

Lisa Stewart is an Interior Designer in Raleigh, NC.