Marera Village Gallery

Marera Village Gallery, Karatu: Address, Marera Village Gallery Reviews: 4/5

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John S
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Shooping
Aug 2020
Excellent store for gifts to take home to kids, grandchildren and spouse or friends. From beadwork to tanzanite and malakite stone figures. Of course shirts and hats were avaliable.
Written 13 August 2020
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Jimmy
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Good shop - but be prepared to haggle
Dec 2019
I recognised a couple of the arts pieces being sold in Australia Oxfam store. In fact i bought a couple book stands off Oxfam a couple years back and the ones in this store is identical.

In our experience, the prices sold by street vendors in Moshi and Arusha areas are excessively expensive, this place is no exception. I get that supporting the local economy is a good thing but at the same time its a balance from getting scammed. You'd need to figure out the balance yourself.

We bought a stone coaster, made in Maasai villages (we visited a village and bought the same set of coaster). Interestingly the Maasai village asking prices was dearer. We had to bargain on both occasions (Maasai village and Marera Gallery) to 50% of the asking price. Note that after this we visited the African Galleria store down the road (more formal shopping establishment), the price tagged at African Galleria align to what we paid at Marera Gallery. i.e even after 50% bargain we are more than likely still paying too much. Note that before this trip we were looking at coasters in Australia and the price we offered is basically what we would have paid in Australia.

My wife was also interested in local clothing, I can't remember the asking price but the asking prices was dearer than buying clothes in Australia. We bargained at about 25% of the price as my wife was not too interested. We dind't get to an agreement and so we decided not to buy. The shop assistant followed us all the way to the car kept insisting on 50% of the price and we were not interested. later just when we were about to leave she agreed on 25%. However at the time we already lost interest and decided not to buy.

Nothing against the establishment, just be aware that the prices are quite inflated and you need to make the call yourself on what you are happy to pay to "support the local economy".
Written 28 March 2020
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John Hudson
Troutville, VA51 contributions
You'll Be Supporting the Local Economy
Jun 2019 • Couples
I was told by several folks locally that pretty much everything sold here is made here. I know the carvings are, because I watched them. The tanzanite, however, comes from up the road nearer to Moshi. The point is: This is a locally owned, locally owned shop. I like supporting such enterprises. There are a lot of these along the road between Karatu and Arusha; I happen to like this one. The amount of merchandise here was staggering, and the quality of what I examined was high. The manager was friendly, engaging, eager to make a sale, and made bargaining a pleasure. We visited the shop going west to Serengeti as well as on our way back to Moshi.
Written 22 July 2019
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