Over the past three months, I have become a regular at the (Friday) market at St Georges’s Market in Belfast. This was always the “Markets Area” of Belfast and is situated just a short distance from the Central (train) Station. It is indoors. And Friday is the best of the three weekend days it opens.
Clothes, Belfast souvenirs, Food (meat, fish, vegetables) are sold in different parts of the market but my interest is mainly in the five or six stalls that are selling “collectables”. Stamps. Coins. Postcards. All at the lower end of the price range. But essentially pricing of collectables is as much about the place where they are sold as the “value” of the items.
So the same item sold in a “posh” antique shop in London’s Notting Hill has a different price tag to a “regular” antique shop, a market stall or a car boot (yard) sale. I am not a “haggler” and yet the market traders expect and encourage it. It is unlikely that they would accept the price tag figure and likely offer a discount if not already requested. It is part of the “game”.