Joburg has loads of shopping centres where one can engage in some retail therapy, but what if you are one those people who enjoys a bit of bargain hunting?
Luckily, Joburg is also home to a number of markets that sell everything from fresh produce to esoteric items, often at prices that won’t hurt the credit card. Here are our Top 4 Choices of markets you should visit.
Head north and try this candlelit market which offers a wide variety of food, wine tasting and interesting stalls to keep any shopper happy. This market has a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere.
Venue: 32 Pinaster Avenue, Hazelwood, Pretoria
Date: 13 February at 17h00 to 21h00
Contact: 083 554 5636
Bruma Lake Flea Market
When in the East be sure to stop over at Bruma Lake flea market for good prices on quality leatherwear, glassware, home ware and jewellery. The market also has the largest variety of traditional and ethnic art and crafts in Southern Africa. Unlike most other markets, Bruma is open 6 days a week, so if you don’t keep regular office hours you can go through mid-week and avoid the masses.
Venue: c/o Marcia and Ernest Oppenheimer Rd, Bed
Open Tuesday – Sunday from 09h30 to 17h00
Contact: +27 11 622 9647
Hillfox Flea Market
This flea market is surely the most popular on the West Rand. In addition to offering bargains on certain collectors’ items, they sell clothing at reasonable prices and are home to an array of food stalls. The market always hosts popular entertainers such as Kurt Darren and Patricia Lewis.
Venue: Hillfox Value Mart, Hendrik Potgieter Drive, Roodepoort
Open every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday from 09h00 – 17h00
Contact: +27 11 442 4488
Panorama Flea Market
Situated on a now defunct drive-in, the Panorama flea market in southern Johannesburg is a little known market that often surprises visitors with rock bottom prices on everyday items such as household cleaning materials and razor blades. In addition to 300 stalls, they have a beer garden and live performers that range from well known singers to children’s entertainers.
Venue: Klip River Drive, Mulbarton
Open every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays
Contact: +27 11 682 2222
Jen Tile: Straight out of Norwood
We often read entertainment stories about people like Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton. In fact, if you do a Google search of those two you will get 50 million combined hits, substantially more hits than disgraced steroid-using boxer Jarred Lovett made in his career.
Initially both were famous only for being famous. They would go to all the glam events, get their pictures taken with people who really can sing or act, and shack up with a series of super rich men. If the life of a socialite is something you think you might like, follow the five point plan I have listed below and you will be rubbing shoulders with the wealthy and famous quicker than you can say, “Jen Su”.
1. Marry a rich old man.
Anna Nicole Smith hit the jackpot when she married ageing oil baron Howard J. Marshall. Their nuptials sent her straight into the spotlight. On the local front, Khanyi Mbau has dated a string of wealthy, older men, all of whom have dumped her afterwards. The trick my dear, is not to date the ones who are still mentally savvy in their fifties. You need to get them when they are nearer senility, that way they won’t see you for the air-headed gold-digger you are.
2. Develop an addiction or eating disorder.
Doctors would advise otherwise, but the key to being a media darling is to put yourself in a position where you end up in some form of rehabilitation. Upon release you will be able to sell your sob story to the press and tell everyone how good it feels to be clean and sober, until your next relapse that is.
3. Have raunchy pictures or videos leaked on the internet.
You have only made it to the top when the whole world has seen your bottom.
4. Make stupid statements.
Socialites never make intelligent statements or prove that they are bright when they are interviewed. Paris Hilton has never given us her views on stock market fluctuations or explained how the movement of tectonic plates leads to earthquakes. She did make a statement regarding the harshness of prison life, even though she was only behind bars for a few days and was not exposed to any other prisoners.
5. Get a lobotomy.
Seriously. If you are capable of independent thought, have read more than a cocktail menu, and have an IQ that exceeds your shoe size you might battle with the gormless lifestyle of a socialite. If you don’t wish to go for this somewhat invasive medical procedure you can achieve the same outcome by watching Sylvester Stallone movies.