Perfumes of Araby Swap Meet

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846 North La Cienega Boulevard, Granada Hills, CA, USA - (310) 652-6859

Perfumes of Araby Swap Meet Granada Hills Reviews

Cati Cati
6 reviews
Mar 11, 2007
When I arrived at 11128 Balboa Boulevard in Granada Hills and caught sight of the facade of the multi-purpose room where the famed Perfumes of Araby Swap Meet was being held, I was more than a bit dubious. But as soon as I opened the doors and stepped in, it was like I was passing over a threshold between two completely different worlds. I felt like I had travelled to an Egyptian bazaar. It was a belly-dancer's paradise. Hip scarves, flowing skirts and accessories galore ... I would be lying if I said that I wasn't completely overwhelmed at first. That feeling quickly passed as I began browsing (and buying). Even my mother, who is not a dancer, got really excited and made some excellent purchases, including a lovely pair of shoes for just a dollar!

The Perfumes of Araby Swap Meet is organized by California-born dancer, Anaheed. It occurs only twice a year, and is truly an experience for both dancers and observers, women and men alike. Shops set up tables with clothing, accessories, music, instruments -- everything at a great price. Various dancers perform throughout the day on a stage set up in the same room as the merchandise - which makes for a captivating experience. Admission is a mere two dollars, and it's well worth it. If you have even the slightest interest in belly-dancing, Middle-Eastern culture or want to spend some time in a different environment, this swap meet is the place to go. Check Anaheed's website for updates on the next one, which will probably take place in the fall.
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