|Charter Turkey and Shop the Bazaars!|
|Written by Northrop and Johnson Worldwide Yacht Charters|
|Wednesday, 27 May 2009 07:50|
It is the allure of the colorful wares, I am sure that draws one to the Bazaar in Turkey, although, if I were truthful, it is really the shopping fun that a visit to a Turkish Bazaar offers. The Bazaar is part of any reasonable sized Turkish town, with the mother lode, of course in Istanbul. And a Bazaar visit is just not all about shopping, the actual act of purchasing is an experience in it’s own right including the art of “negotiation”, as any good bazaar shop keeper expects a negotiation on the price and is ready to play the game. Proper time should be set aside, particularly with rug shopping, where you can usually get a much better price and higher quality in a handmade rug at a Bazaar than at home. In addition, a good rug merchant will tell you how the rug is woven, where, will tell you the story behind the rug, who the weaver was and the story the rug is telling through the pattern. All of this can make the rug a much more personal purchase and you can take home a piece of artistry with a story. And meanwhile, take home another experience just from the purchasing itself and everything learned about the art of negotiation.
When you are shopping, casually enter a particular store and start to look at the wares. If asked what you are looking for, do be sure to answer, as there is always something more in the back. And only ask the price after careful consideration, but never accept the first price. Feel free to even leave, as usually another price is given as you walk out the door. If you want to reduce the price further, say that you must think and will return later to talk again. Generally purchasing on the first visit will not get you the lowest price. There is a dance that should take place where you think, consider, and think some more for each price given.
If you are rug shopping, prepare to settle in, as the merchant will offer you something to drink, and then the rugs will start to appear. Each rug merchant has a series of young strong Turkish boys who haul the rugs into the room and then with a flourish reveal the rug in its entirety. Switching the rug to be looked at from either side, as the colors do change, is also a flourish. The rug merchant will tell you the weaving information and story on each rug. Again, be prepared to negotiate. And do not worry, the rug merchant can ship any rug home to you, and will take most currencies, including Turkish Lire, Euros, and USD, and of course, credit cards.