Supposed rainy season yet sunny day, clear skies; a perfect day to visit the Arts and Craft market and typically indulge in any outdoor activity.
In true Lagos style, of course our taxify driver happened to be clueless on how to even start the trip ( As explained, he barely started driving the previous day and terrible at directions too). I literally started the trip for him lol. Plus google maps got brain damage because we got some misdirections quite a few times.
If only I had a penny for every time google maps messed up; reason why I barely use it.
So the market is located in sort of a hidden nature from the roadside, reason why we had a hard time finding it; we had to ask locals there for directions at every stage. When you finally find it, the stress is history.
My fancy were the Kanu made rattan bags which I spent quite a while admiring. These come in various colors, shapes and sizes. Along with hats, fans and baskets.
The market is known for harboring tons of animal skin bags, ankara inspired bags/ totes and clothes as well. Caught sight of an Ankara foot mat even.
Legit speaking, don’t go here with so much spare cash thinking you won’t be temped to overspend. Sis, You will over spend!!
You might even find yourself doing mobile transfers because there is so much to be in awe of and buy from the Art and Craft Market
After deliberating on which bag to get, the color dreadful side of me took control and I got a plain bag. Talk of being a creature of habit.
These cute hand made garlands pictured above got me shocked at how affordable things at the market are. That will also depend on your bargaining power so fasten that up. Cassie’s review of the market years back was just the boost I needed to tick that off my list.
Much exploration wasn’t done at the market because I was against time; but one thing stood out while I was there. The friendliness of the vendors.
“You can take pictures of my what I am selling even if you don’t buy, go inside and snap anything you want”
In the words of one of them. This guy right here understands the struggle lol. The vendors are quite receptive and laid back as compared to others who tend to be so aggressive when you don’t purchase from them.
One of the things I purchased which gave me such joy was this artsy illustration of an African woman . I just had to frame it up and hang on my wall.
That was the highlight of my visit to the Arts and Craft Market for sure.
How cute are the colorful calabashes pictured above though. And of course the yellow buses depict the famous color of the danfo buses and virtually all other major modes of transportation in Lagos.
I also got a pair of wooden earrings ( which the vendor coerced me into buying lol) and a bracelet, which isn’t pictured.
TMI : Don’t know what I was thinking when I got the earrings. I mean they’re cute and all but who am I kidding ?! I know for sure I’ll give it out. Not really a big fan of dangling earrings.
I do intend going back there again to do some proper exploration so until then.
Thanks for reading guys, until next time.
Have you been to the Lekki Arts and Craft Market, Or any of such market? How was your experience, please share in the comment section. I would love to hear from you.