Arriving at Camden this time, we aimed straight for the Stables Market which we entirely overlooked last time! Wow! This place is huge. Absolutely adored all the wonderful horse sculptures everywhere. Had a good look around and J got the cutest little necklace that is actually a mini pocket watch style. What a neat idea. There was a huge variety of styles of them but she settled for one with little wings. She said it looked like The Golden Snitch from Harry Potter films.
Found a lovely lady selling some steampunk gear and had a good chat to her. I'm going to need a fortune for this trend.
Having had a good look around, stopped for lunch at our favourite Chinese place at Camden Lock and ate our dishes of rice, bang bang chicken and sweet & sour chicken. Very filling. Lovely sitting on those half Vespa bikes. What a good use for old stuff like that. Refreshed, we walked around that part of the market.
Next we headed off and picked J up a lovely H&R dress. She looks amazing in it. I decided to buy one two but in a different style. Having tried a couple on (quite a challenge over clothes you're already wearing) I found one that was perfect. The stall holder wanted £85 for them both, giving me a 'saving' of £10. I said £80. He said £85 minimum...you get the drift. Anyway, we settled on the two dresses we liked, he bagged them up and I handed him £80 and said, there you go, £80 as agreed. He looked bemused. We said goodbye and walked off. Smug face (but only for a while - I'll tell you at the end).
Then off into a shoe shop as J wanted some school shoes but a DM style. She spotted a pair she really liked and tried them on. They looked great and she said they were really comfortable. I was surprised at the price - just £30. Turns out they are vegan shoes! I asked about leather ones and was told they had 'proper' DMs but they were almost £100. Hey, vegan is great ;-)
|Darkside Camden - come on in (and be ripped off big time!)|
Having now shopped for over 3 hours, we decided to head home as there was nothing else we wanted. Nice train ride back and home late afternoon. Hubby loved my dresses and J looked amazing in hers (without her other clothes underneath).
This is where it all goes wrong....
I decided to see what sort of bargains we had got today. It turns out none. Yes, you heard me, NONE! It seems Camden Town Market and shops are now the biggest rip-off going. Why? Let me explain.
Firstly, Darkside. A store selling Spin Doctor and Hell Bunny outfits to name but a few. My dress £69.99. I have found the same dress - THE SAME - on 5 other websites. Guess how much? An unbelievably, ripped-off, sick feeling £49.99. That's £20 CHEAPER than Darkside. WTF? I sent a stinking email and Tweet to them. How could they possibly justify such a price hike? Had their pricing been incorrect? Hey, I'd like a refund of that 'extra' £20 you appear to have skimmed off me. Their response? Nothing. Nada. Zip. F*** all. My advice - NEVER, EVER, EVER buy from DARKSIDE CAMDEN! Go in, try it on, then go home and order it online for far less money (from Kate's Clothing, Violent Delights, The Gothic Shop or even Amazon!). Use them as a glorified changing room. I'm utterly disgusted. Serious lesson learned.
Oh, it gets worse still. The two Hearts & Roses (H&R) dresses I bartered the market trader down to £80 for? Yep, you guessed it. J's is £25 through Amazon (£15 less) and mine is £35 on Amazon (£5 less). So in all, going to Camden *COST* us £40 more for the clothes we bought.
Now, all that said, we had a lovely girlie day out together which you just don't get online shopping. But I'll tell you something for nothing, if'/when we next go, I'll be looking at Amazon's website, and places like Kate's Clothing, etc as I'm in the shop or at the stall, and will pay not a penny more than they are asking or we'll try it on, test it for fit, and buy it at home where we're not treated like mugs!