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If you love to shop you have come to the right place! Yes, Jakarta really is a shopper's paradise, as many beautiful and unique items can be found here at relatively inexpensive prices. The numerous bazaars organized by groups within the expatriate community provide the best opportunities for finding those special items that you will treasure long after your departure from Indonesia as well as unusual and delightful gifts for friends and family.

Each year the expatriate women's groups put on major crafts bazaars in the months leading up to Christmas just in time for holiday shopping. The second "bazaar season" occurs in May and June before the summer holidays when most expatriates return to their home countries. Though the bazaar is organized by one national group, they are all open to expatriates of all nationalities. Walking around the bazaar is like attending a UN session, with tens of languages spoken amongst the shoppers.

Many different types of goods are for sale at the bazaars, such as clothing, shoes and handbags, jewelry, cushions and cushion covers, housewares, pottery, picture frames, greeting cards, Christmas decorations, toys, and food items. Some of the products are imported from other countries, but the majority are local products and include many varieties of handicrafts such as batik cloths, woven cloths, woodcarvings and basket ware. Because you are often purchasing direct from the manufacturer, or their personal rep, prices are usually MUCH cheaper than in Jakarta's upscale (yet complete) handicraft centers.

Vendors at the bazaars may be individuals, companies or charitable foundations selling products made by disabled or disadvantaged people. The best thing about shopping at the bazaars organized by the expatriate women's associations is that, not only can you shop in a safe and pleasant environment with a wonderful choice of products, but you will have the knowledge that part of the money you spend goes to help social welfare projects in the local community, as the bazaars are some of the major fundraising activities for the organizing expatriate women's group.

Many of the women's groups and other community groups also sell their publications, cards and calendars at the bazaars, so it's a one-stop shop to get many of the excellent printed resources from community groups as well.

The location of the various bazaars are usually 5-star international hotels, or other a safe and pleasant environments so a wonderful lunch after shopping with friends is often on the day's agenda as well.

A big draw at all the bazaars are the excellent raffles/lucky draw/Tombola ... where you can win handicrafts, trips around the archipelago, flights abroad and hotel stays and dinners out on the town. The funds raised by these raffles often go to support the group's Social Welfare projects.

Each group has a different policy (often different from year to year as well), regarding entrance costs. In some cases, it may include a morning tea, in others not. With some organizations members get in free and other expatriate community members pay, with others charging for all entrants. Some groups allow strollers, and others don't. Most have a deposit counter where you can check your shopping bags if your hands get full, and free them up for more shopping!

Bazaars are a big part of the pre-holiday season's festivities each year, and eagerly awaited and enjoyed by the expatriate community at large!

Fall 2014 Bazaar Schedule

October marks the start of the pre-Holiday Season bazaars and the first one to be held this year will be the Indian Women’s Association (IWA) International Charity Bazaar on Friday, October 10 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.  The late closing of this bazaar enables people who are working to come to the bazaar after work.  The venue is the ballroom of the JW Marriott Hotel in Mega Kuningan.  200 vendors will be selling products such as fashion accessories, handbags, jewelry, shawls, clothing, handicrafts, household and decorative items from various countries, including India, Indonesia, China, Thailand, Vietnam.  For more information please contact Gopi Panjabi 0815 1433 8631, Aparna Narang 0816 934 829 or Kavita Mahtani 0816 926 777.

On Tuesday, October 28 be ready for a shopping bonanza at the American Women’s Association (AWA) Fall Bazaar!  The bazaar will be open from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at a venue in Senayan area.  For location details please call the AWA Center 726 6281 or 727 95256.

The British Women’s Association (BWA) Christmas shopping day will take place on Wednesday, November 12 in Kemang, and will feature some delicious home-made cakes and goodies and a white elephant stall, in addition to the usual vendors.  Please call 0818 06866470 for further information.

On Saturday, November 15 there will be a Holiday bazaar organized by Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS) PTA for the school community and held at the Cilandak campus.

The Australia & New Zealand Association (ANZA) Christmas Bazaar is always very popular and will be held from 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 18 at a venue in South Jakarta.  This is one of the biggest bazaars with up to 200 vendors and will provide a great opportunity for buying Christmas decorations and gifts.  Lots of attractive prizes will be offered in the raffle and you may be lucky!  Contact 7179 3042 for venue details.

The Women’s International Club (WIC) annual bazaar will be held on Wednesday, November 19 at the Jakarta Convention Center.  This bazaar is somewhat different from all of the others as many embassies and national groups participate, selling goods that are specialties of their home countries.  The first day of the bazaar is for invited guests only and the second day is open to the public.  For details please contact WIC at 526 3302 or 526 3303.

The last bazaar for this year takes place on a Saturday afternoon. A traditional German Christmas bazaar or Christkindl-Markt will be held by Die Brücke, the association of German speaking women, on Saturday, November 29 starting at 2.00 p.m. at Hotel Aryaduta in Central Jakarta.  Visitors to the bazaar are able to sample delicacies such as mulled wine, freshly baked waffles, and German style sausages while shopping for traditional Christmas decorations and tasty treats brought in from Germany especially for this occasion.

It sounds as though there will be plenty of opportunities to shop ‘til we drop again this pre-holiday bazaar season!

Contact the women's groups for additional details on their upcoming bazaars.

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How do you find out when the Spring bazaars are scheduled ... and where they'll be. You can call the major women's groups and ask for specifics of their bazaar, or ask friends your know belong to that organization to give you the details from their newsletter. Some of the bazaars are also advertised in the Announcements section of the Jakarta Post Classified, as well as on our Expat Forum Community Events Calendar.

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