Platoon Seoul Flea Market

I love a good bargain. I’m always browsing the sale racks and my love for TJ Maxx’s clearance aisle knows no bounds. When I came here to Korea I had my bargain dream skilled slowly as I realized that the ‘sales’ here were not really sales but normal price back home! Eventually I had to just resign myself to buying them. I’m not talking about the cheap crappy materials that you can get on the street. I love to get a bargain on brand name, high quality clothing! You can imagine my excitement when I heard that Platoon Seoul had a night flea market once a month.

Platoon Seoul Night Market Building

Platoon Seoul Night Market First Floor

Platoon Seoul is a really cool creative space in Cheongdam that is a mix of different creatives. It doesn’t really have a certain purpose, rather it’s used for all kinds of creative outlets. There are many things happening at Platoon Seoul and it’s always changing. I was amazed that the space was co-owned and operated for any creative platform to use. Take it from their website:

The program will provide a communication platform for anybody interested in sub-cultural creative fields like street art, graphic design, fashion, video art, programming, music, club culture, and political activism.

Platoon Seoul Night Market Bar and Drinks

Platoon Seoul Night Market Shopping

There are a ton of activities at this place, and it’s really best to follow their facebook to stay up to date. Recently they held a records market and were even having BBQ while watching the world cup games. The Platoon Seoul night flea market only happens the first Saturday of the month so if you miss it you’ll have to wait for the next one to roll around. Admission is free and you can sign up for a booth for free as well. If shopping isn’t your thing, they keep a DJ spinning and they have an open bar with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Platoon Seoul Night Market Vendors

Platoon Seoul Night Market Crowd

Although it’s in a very expensive area there were plenty of deals to be found. As usual, most of the clothes are XS-M and 6-7 are typical shoe sizes. There was a good mix of women’s and men’s items but women definitely had the advantage. A lot of the clothes still had tags on them. One booth was selling a lot of cute dresses for 10,000 but the tags priced them at almost 100,000! Definitely a bargain if you can find your size.

There are a lot of unique pieces as well as handmade items. If you like something, I would pick it up right away because the booths change every month and one person might never be back.

Q: Do you like to go to flea markets?

Getting to Platoon Seoul is a little difficult because it’s not super near a train station. To get there, take the subway to Hakdong Station and walk straight out of exit 10 until you reach a four way intersection with a large KB bank building on the corner. Turn left and stay on the side of the street with the KB bank. Walk down this street until you reach Hana Bank, turn right down this side street and you should see it. It will be loud and crowded so you can’t miss it!

Sponsored: Tote Bag with Crocodile Veins from Sammydress

I’m sure quite a few bloggers have heard of Sammydress, right? I’ve seen a lot of bloggers getting pretty decent items from their website, but I was still unsure because it is online shopping after all… you really never know what you are going to get. When they contacted me about reviewing one of their items, I was excited!

Sammydress: Tote Bag with Crocodile Veins Outfit View
Sammydress: Tote Bag with Crocodile Veins Detailing
I’m definitely a try before you buy kind of girl. Unfortunately, most of the clothing on Sammydress is a little too small for me because they use Asian sizes. Free size usually equates to a medium back in the US. I have the same problems here in Korea, though I do get lucky every once in awhile.  Sometimes the baggy style is trendy and you can find dresses that can fit up to a US size XL! I decided to play it safe though and got a super cute black tote bag with crocodile vein detailing.

Sammydress: Tote Bag with Crocodile Veins Close Up View
Sammydress: Tote Bag with Crocodile Veins Convenience Store
The bag sells for around $12, which I think is average compared to other places selling bags that aren’t name brand. I wasn’t totally in love with the bag when it first arrived, but after I wore it a few times I loved it! Initially, the bag actually had a very strong smell that I didn’t find pleasant… after leaving it out on my balcony for a few days it wasn’t a problem anymore. I think because it is packaged tightly in bubble wrap and it is newly manufactured so the smell is strong when you first open it.

The bag itself is very roomy and and it doesn’t look cheap at all. I took it out while shopping and the optional shoulder strap was really convenient and easy for me. I like to wear my bags this way personally so I can be hands free!

Q: What do you think? Would you use this bag?

Happy Anniversary to Me!

I guess I’m officially an old lady now. This month I passed a huge milestone… five years of marriage. I can’t believe so many years have passed by since we got married! It’s almost scary how fast time flies. I feel like I’m going to blink and I’ll be standing with a couple of kids celebrating my fifteenth anniversary!

For our fifth year anniversary, we wanted to do something special. I’ve been wanting to get professional pictures done for years but it’s pretty expensive so I’ve always put off getting them done because of the price. Since moving to Korea, I got more interested in getting our pictures taken because couple pictures are extremely popular here and very affordable! As luck would have it, I found a coupon on TMON (kind of like South Korea’s Groupon) for a package at a studio for only 48,000₩. I made my coteacher buy it for me and we were set!

inayah collection rose evening gown 3

I was so shocked to see the price so low. It was really simple. The package included one dress and tuxedo rental, and we chose ten pictures to keep. Our best photo was printed out as an 8×10 and framed. Korean sizes don’t really fit me, so I brought my own dress. Speaking of that dress! Oh, that dress.

My beautiful dress is from Inayah Collection. I’ve had a huge crush on Inayah Collection for quite some time now but I’ve held off purchasing since it is a UK company and shipping is expensive. When I knew I was getting my pictures taken, I decided to take the plunge and purchased their Rose Evening Gown.

inayah collection rose evening gown 1

I had looked around for awhile to see my options and I have to say… I’m so disappointed with the selection of modest formalwear. There is practically nothing! I can’t be happier with my purchase from Inayah though. I fell in love with it immediately.

The dress is gorgeous and fit me perfectly. It was very flattering on a more *ahem* rounder figure. The material is very soft and I got so many compliments that day. Money well spent!

inayah collection rose evening gown 2

What do you think of our photo memory? We were laughing through the entire process because our photographer didn’t speak English and we couldn’t help but laugh when we had to stare into each others eyes and stuff. So many laughs!

Q: What is your favorite photo?

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