Whilst randomly surfing through the web, I came to know of the TISS Flea Market. The Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Deonar, Mumbai was holding a flea at their campus on 6th and 7th February 2016. This was the second edition, aptly named 'TISS Flea Market 2.0'
Universities or Colleges holding a flea market was unheard of and so intrigued as I was I decided to pay a visit on the first day 6th February, 2016. This flea market was organised by the students of TISS and was a part of Manthan 2016 - the annual HR fest of TISS.
When I reached there I reached the main entrance of TISS. I trotted in saw that there was no banner or any advertising of any sort. Upon further walking through their vast campus, I found out that it was being held at their sister campus - New Campus.
Their setup was simple and basic. I browsed through many a stalls.
There was a lot in store for shoppers with curios and trinkets on sale like paper products, crochet designs, fridge magnets and buttons, handicrafts and more. Most of these were really small entrepreneurs retailing at this flea.
There was a photo booth with props for those who wanted to take snaps. For a measly INR 10, one could take as many photographs as they wanted.
The food section of the flea was a bit of a dampener for me. There were very few counters, 4 to be precise serving pastas, dosas and idlis, Ice cream works icecream and one that I do not recall.
I purchased quite a few quirky fridge magnets and buttons all for a good price - INR 30 and INR 20 respectively.
I found this stall to be quite eye pleasing. This stall had intricate paper art designs. I was tempted to purchase some of them, but was worried of the damage to them whilst traveling back home.
Though this Flea was not as huge as the regular commercially backed fleas like The Lil Flea, it was a quaint one and shows the efforts of the students of TISS.
Scope of Improvement -
If there were clear cut instructions of reaching the right campus.
Directions for those not familiar with central suburbs.
More food stalls!
Location: TISS Campus, Deonar
Landmark: Opposite Deonar Bus Depot
How to get there?
If you're traveling from south Bombay take the eastern freeway from Wadala to get to Chembur. You Ask anyone for directions to TISS campus or Deonar bus depot.
If you're traveling from North Bombay (Andheri/Borivali) take the Western express highway to reach Chembur. You Ask anyone for directions to TISS campus or Deonar bus depot.
By Train, take a Harbour line train to Wadala, switch trains and reach Govandi. From Govandi railway station ask anyone for directions to TISS campus or Deonar bus depot.
Entry Fee: NIL
Average Price Range: ~100