Starling Mall Bazaar and Market
One of the new popular places for shopping in Petaling Jaya is the Starling Mall bazaar and market, which has gained popularity over the last few months since opening. Located in Damansara Utama, this huge bazaar started in mid 2017 and now offers up to 100 vendors.
Bazaars and flea markets are nothing new in the Klang Valley with so many available at most popular shopping malls. One of the main reasons for having them in the malls are due to the weather, and people want an all-in-one experience when they go out during weekends.
Currently, the Starling Mall bazaar and market is the latest of them all and is attracting quite a good crowd, where vendors are rushing to get slots here. Again, not everyone will be lucky enough to secure a spot.
Starling Mall Bazaar and Market
The Starling Mall bazaar and market has been organised by various bazaar organizers, and to date there are three organizers who have successfully managed a number of bazaars since 2017.
The bazaar is found on the ground floor of the mall and usually quite large with 50-80 vendors at any one time. During festive seasons, the Starling bazaar takes place regularly almost every weekend, unless there is a major event happening at the ground floor of the shopping mall.
For those who are interested in participating in the Starling Bazaar, you should always be careful with who the organizer is. This is because there have been cases where organizers collect a full month payment, and then disappears.
Now the management of the mall is extremely cautious on who they contract the bazaar for the event. In late December or early January, one of the rogue organizers had cheated a number of vendors by promising them slots at a later date in 2018.
Many vendors booked and paid in full, and the organizer just vanished with no contact whatsoever. This goes to show that even at bazaars and flea markets, you need to be extra careful nowadays.
What Kind of Vendors Sell At The Starling Mall Bazaar?
Usually you will find vendors selling all kinds of everything at the bazaar or market here. Most of the time, a good mixture of vendors is observed by the organizer, hence you will not see too much repeats of the same type of items sold.
Cloths tend to make up the bulk of vendors here and usually it ranges from children’s clothes to trendy lifestyle fashion apparels. Men’s clothes are uncommon, but once in a way you may come across a vendor or two selling them.
Accessories and jewelry are also a very popular trend and you can find almost all kinds of knick-knacks for sale. While most of the vendors tend to carry ready items from China, Thailand or Korea, there are a few vendors who actually sell pure handmade jewellery and accessories at Starling Bazaar.
We would like to highlight this as there are many vendors who cleverly mix ready made China accessories with some handmade item and pass it all off as handmade. Smart consumers can differentiated the real hand made items from the mass produced items.
Essential oils and handmade soaps are also getting popular with today’s consumer lifestyle. On average, you can find up to three of four vendors selling these items, with their own brand names.
Most of them claim that the oils or material are imported, but in reality, there is a local supplier of raw essential oils in Malaysia where you can buy them to mix your own blends.
Other vendors sell a variety of niche items like terrariums, mini home decorations, toys, collectibles, and many other items. While this is totally different from the Publika Bazaar, you may see a few regular faces here.
Food and snacks are also popular, but do not expect to find your pasar malam items on sale. Usually you will see more healthy and organic products for sale. But from a Petaling Jaya point of view, this is quite hard to sell to the locals here. However, there is still a small market for these products.
How Much Is It To Participate At The Starling Mall Bazaar?
A question that many people are asking is how much does it cost to participate at the Staling Mall Bazaar. Well, we are not the organizer, but it averages around RM200 a day, which means it can be around RM600 for three days.
To inquire further, we suggest you get in contact with the bazaar organizer and not us, as we only provide general information on bazaars in Malaysia. We are not the organizer, therefore you can contact the shopping mall for more information on this.
We also have a list of bazaars at shopping malls in Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur for anyone interested to know where they are located at. Some bazaars or flea markets are done every week while others are once a month.
The next time you want to experience something different, you can head over to Damansara Utama and check out the Starling mall bazaar and market on weekends. They operate from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm and on the main ground floor of the mall.