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FAQs (frequently asked questions) for Shoppers

 

Hours/Months of Operation


1. What are the hours? The Sunday market on Columbus Avenue at W. 77th Street - open from 10 AM to 5:30 PM during the months of winter and 10-5:45 during warmer seasons.

2. Is the market open all year? The Sunday market is open all year round. From time to time the market is also open on Saturday -- but please call to be certain: 212-239-3025. The phone announcement will state if the market is open that Saturday.

3. If the weather is bad, will the market be open? The Sunday market on Columbus Avenue is open regardless of the weather. (It has been closed due to a blizzard occurring on Sunday just 3 times in 25 years.)

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Location/How to Get There


1. Where is the Sunday market? The Sunday market is located in the playground and street level space of MS 44 Junior High School on the Upper West Side. The market entrances are on Columbus Avenue between 76th and 77th Sts. or 77th St. just off the corner of Columbus. The subway lines to use are the IRT #1 (stop is 79th Street) or the IND C or B local to 81st Street (also the stop for the American Museum of Natural History).

2. Should I drive to the market? Driving in Manhattan is often a problem due to lack of parking facilities but it is possible.

The Sunday market is accessible from the 79th Street exit on the West Side Highway (aka the Henry Hudson Parkway). Drivers coming from the east should plan on taking the 96th Street exit on the FDR Drive and crossing through Central Park on 97th Street, then proceeding down Columbus Avenue to 77th Street.


3. What is the street address for my GPS system? While the playground really has no official address, the following address is across the street from the playground:

Sunday market -- 359 Columbus Avenue, NY, NY 10024


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What's Available


1. What is usually available?

The markets try to offer a wide range of unusual items that you can't find at general retail stores. They are full of handcrafted items (often made by the person selling them) and vintage/antique apparel, household items, and personal accessories. One specialty is made-to-order clothing and fine jewelry. There is also a wide assortment of home furnishings: new and vintage furniture, carpets (both old and new), lighting fixtures & parts, architectural salvage mantels, mirrors, etc. Both contemporary and vintage art pieces are available (along with a sensational framer on the premises). China, glass, stuff for kids, DVDs, CDs, even vinyl LPs, antique maps, new & used books, custom eyewear (with an optometrist on hand!), etc. Why shop anywhere else? And at the Sunday market, a branch of the famous Union Square farmers' market - Greenmarket.


2. I like the idea of furniture but how do I get it home? Many, if not all, of the furniture dealers offer deliver for a small fee. Some can even arrange shipments out of the country.

3. Are credit cards accepted? Many of the vendors accept credit cards. All accept cash and there are bank machines located near both markets.

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Bargaining


1. Is bargaining expected or even desirable? Vendors expect shoppers to ask for the 'best price' but some vendors adhere to a strict pricing policy and use price tags/tickets on merchandise. You can always ask for a discount if you are buying more than one item -- a vendor may give you a small break. Just remember that many of the craft vendors have less room to negotiate since their labor has to be included in the price.

2. I've heard tales of getting big discounts at the end of the day -- is that true? You may find some of the dealers in heavy or larger items like furniture or books more willing to reduce prices at the end of the day. However, if you have fallen in love with something at noon, the item may not be there at 5 PM. So balance your interest in the item against the chance of losing it to another enthusiastic shopper if you wait until day's end.

3. The price the vendor quoted is $50 - should I offer him $20? We wouldn't -- usually vendors are not trying to take advantage of shoppers. You might want to try $35-40 for the item or ask for a slightly better price. Most prices quoted are more or less 'a market price' already so there is not that much room to discount.

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Deliveries


1. I like the idea of furniture but how do I get it home? Many, if not all, of the furniture dealers offer deliver for a small fee. Some can even arrange shipments out of the country. Please ask before you buy!

2. I bought something that I need to ship home -- is there any place I can do that near the market? There is a UPS store at 119 W. 72nd Street (at Columbus Avenue) -- just a few blocks away.

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Forms of Payment


1. Do vendors take credit cards? Many vendor do accept the major credit cards, especially Visa and Mastercard. If they accept credit cards, they often accept bank debit cards as well.

2. The vendor insists on cash -- are there banks nearby? There are bank branches near both markets. Check with the manager for the nearest location. (There are also some restaurants/shops nearby that have ATM machines for a small fee.)

3. Do vendors accept checks? Some vendors will accept checks from repeat customers but few, if any, will accept a check from a first-time buyer. It would be safer to bring cash or find out where the nearest ATM is located.>

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Return Policies


1. I bought something and I want to return it. Can I get my money back? Vendors are independent business people. They are free to set their own rules. Shoppers are advised to ask about the return policy of an individual vendor before making a purchase. Many vendors will not give a refund but will offer a credit instead. Some do have a no return/refund/credit policy, however.

2. I just found out that the 19th century item is actually a reproduction. What can I do? You should arm yourself with the facts (an article, document, etc.) and go back to the vendor who sold it to you. Present your facts and ask for a refund or a credit, depending on how you want it resolved. Most reputable dealers will agree to one or the other to settle the matter. Each vendor sets his own policy.