The sad news about the ongoing Mega Consumer Exhibition at the Necklace Road is that even after putting in a huge effort this exhibition fails to score in drawing a big crowd. A week since its opening, none of the stalls reports a proportionate response in sales to the number of visitors they have had.
The products on display include a large selection of hand decorated tableware, dinnerware, bowls, mugs and other dishes. Hand made objects such as wall hangings, vases, jars and toys are available at reasonable prices. Also around are some excellent handcrafted wooden stands, holders, cups, photo frames and home decorating accessories.
There are a few stalls offering electronic goods, photography equipment, and other electronic and electrical accessories. Some stalls displaying kitchen appliances offer discounts making them available at attractive prices compared to the market.
In clothing, there are a number of stalls offering readymade dresses and unmade dress material. The stalls for cotton leisurewear offer an above average quality of dresses that are available for a fixed price. Also, there are other stalls for clothes where you can manage a good bargain depending on how good you are at that.
Stalls dedicated to women's needs are in abundance, too. From makeup boxes to compact mirrors, earrings to necklaces and artificial jewelry, there is just about everything in vanity products. On the home front, there are a few exclusive stalls for carpets and doormats that offer a variety of choices in terms of texture, color and prices.
The special attraction at this exhibition is an expensive yet exquisite collection of furniture made with a corrosion-free powder coated tubular material. The furniture is priced between Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 18,000. The chairs and beds shown here have cushions imported from Malaysia with American velvet covers on them. Most of the products come with a guarantee for about 4 to 9 years. And in decoration, brass artware of different kinds is available in the range of Rs. 70 to Rs. 12,000.
The best stall in collection items is that of artist Anees Zariwalla, exhibiting portraits and pictures drawn on cloth using threads of different colors. This artwork could cost you from about Rs. 500 to Rs. 4,000. The creativity and the precision seen in this fine work would make your buy worth each penny.
With many more stalls yet to come, the exhibition is still waiting to get into full swing. The organizers expect a larger number of visitors and a better sale by the middle of the second week of the exhibition. Though the products offered are good and the prices reasonable, what keeps the stalls from making good sales may be the many other exhibitions being conducted at the same time at different places in town.