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Saturday, September 03, 2005

Flea market at Tanglin Mall

Tanglin Mall flea market
A friend had rented a space at Tanglin Mall to sell some old stuff, and she opened it up to her friends as well. So I joined in, knowing that my mum had a few things that she wanted to sell. Together, we lugged two bags of clothes and a few other items to by bus and arrived at about 5:30pm, half an hour after the flea market had opened.

The market, which is held every first and third Saturdays of the month, is located along the outere corridor surrounding the building. I did a little scouting and found that the area with the highest traffic was, as expected, near the entrance to the mall, though more people were coming out of the building rather than in. My friend's stall was located a short distance away, at the corner where the traffic junction is, so the position wasn't too bad. (Spaces were alloted by ballot.) Unlike the poor soul who was right at the end and had hardly any customers (from a brief glance).

I expected a number of Caucasians to pass by since the area is close to residences that are rented to or owned by Caucasians. As it turns out, there were more Filipinos, and some were whole families too! See, this is why good business people research their markets before selling.

Interesting thing we learned: to find out if a skirt/pants will fit your waist, button/zip it up, then wrap the waist around your neck. If it doesn't strangle you or is too saggy, there's a high chance that it'll fit your waist. Credit to the Filipinos for this little lesson. I haven't actually measured my neck-to-waist ratio, so I can't verify this little nugget of information yet.

I also saw three transvestites. Two were shopping together, one in white tank top and jeans, the other in a plunging halter-top and jeans. The third, dressed in a short tight dress (not black though), was most likely waiting for someone because she was on her phone quite a lot. At first glance, I would've thought them to be just other women, but after noticing their facial features and hearing the third one talk, there was no doubt in my mind.

And they were quite attractive too. What's that saying, about how transvestites are more beautiful than women? Probably because they overcompensate for their genetic masculinity.

The market lasted until 11pm, though we packed up at about 10pm. Altogether, we made more than enough to cover the rental of the space.

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11 comments:

Cloudywind said...

the neck-to-waist ratio theory sounds interesting :P

Anonymous said...

The neck-to-waist trick is old as the hills. I guess it's a girl thing. Good for sale season too.

Anonymous said...

Do you know how to go about in getting a space at the flee market at tanglin? I been trying to access tanglin sites but unsuccessful.

Yuhui said...

Anonymous #2: you need to register personally at the info counter at Tanglin Mall. You can't do it online.

Anonymous said...

I see... alright .. tks u. cheers. Btw, you have loads of fruitful post. Keep going.

Yuhui said...

Anonymous #3: thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi! do u noe wen is the next available date for the flea market?

Yuhui said...

Anonymous #4: no, I don't. You'll need to check with Tanglin Mall's info counter.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Im looking for partner to share the space, pls email me at bubblegown@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hi, Im looking for partner to share the space, pls email me at bubblegown@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

i use to visit tanglinmall flea market a lot back then , but not recently since i moved far away to sembawang area.
sometime i found interesting stuff which rarely found in the store plus a good deal to go :)

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