Flea market

March 03, 2017

I realize that I rarely speak about the local entertainment in the blog. It's always about cafe and restaurant. So for the very first time, I'm gonna talk about my late night walk to the infamous flea market located in southern Jogja, Pasar Klithikan. After doing papers with my study group yesterday, it was still too early for me to stay inside so I chatted Caesar and asked him if he had any plans that night. He said he was going to Pasar Klithikan with our two seniors to look for cassette tape there and since I've never been there all my life, I decided to come along and take my camera with me. Pasar Klithikan is a flea market that sells everything, from secondhand bags, shoes, books, old money, gadgets, to small things that would complement your needs, even the most unthinkable things are sold there. Many say that it's a place where stolen things are being sold but of course, there's no way to prove that, but I have a friend who happens to see his stolen helmet sitting nicely, waiting to be bought there. I still think it's hard to find a decent flea market here in Jogja (that doesn't have rumors about selling stolen things) because I always think that there's an art in scoring something from a secondhand store. You don't just get the thing you're searching for, you also get a 'story' from the things you buy. It comes with a history, comes with a 'fighting scar' and that for me is the most interesting thing about going to the flea market. But of course, you have to be pretty good in bargaining with the seller. And I personally think it's gonna be a whole lot easier if you're fluent in Javanese, since we live in the Javanese population. But if you're not looking for anything in particular, you can always pay this strange little flea market near Malioboro to kill your time. I recommend going there after the sun sets because that's just how I like to enjoy my walk around the market. Whatever floats your boat.