We passed by while shopping in Nadi. I was excited and thought this is where i can get local handmade souvenirs. Wrong!! Most of the stuffs look like the stuff we see in Hawaii(most likely made in the philipines or china). Even the one stall keeper said their necklaces were from the Philippines. Majority of the stall keepers are pushy and rude if you say "sorry, I'm going pass". They'll give you the nasty glare if you walk into their stall and not purchase anything. So i ended up not checking out most of the stalls, which was a shame, as I might have gotten something i like. But i'm afraid of walking in. One Indian stall owner kept badgering me "pls, come into my store, please please".
Another tried to rip me off and offered to sell coasters to me for $30 FJD, and when I said "it's ok", she offered $15. That's their tactics. So don't pay for what they ask for!!!
I ended up buying a huge purse made of bamboo straws for $20 USD. The lady claimed that it was handmade in Fiji, which I highly doubt, but i still like it. She offered it for $65 FJD, we were short of FJD cash and can only offer $20 USD. After accepting our $20 bills, she proceeded to ask for another $5 FJD, then another $2FJD(for her juice), thank goodness we were really short on FJD cash so we got the purse for $20 USD.
Only fun thing about the market, was the lady who did my kids' henna for $5FJD. We did it at Jack's for $15 FJD, so $5 was a great price and she took her time. But it only last 2 days if your kids swim in the pool during the trip. Mine last for 5 days. This stall is the 5-6th stall when u enter the market with the huge sign that says "Nadi handicraft Market". There's another stall that's the 2nd or 3rd when you enter, the woman doesn't do as great, and even mumbled to me on my way out "that henna got no structure"....how rude is that?
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