Oh the anxiety of shopping the streets of Bolsa! To a gal like me, born and raised in SoCal, I find shopping in Little Saigon easy to navigate, but not so easy to negotiate. Here are a few things bound to happen when shopping for an ao dai and how to overcome them!
They will insult you, then compliment you
Haggling is Acceptable
Cash is King
There’s no such thing as politely waiting your turn to be serviced. Jump in and tell them what you need!
If all else fails, bring along mom, older sissy, aunty or grandma
Having someone you trust like mom, big sister, aunty or Ba with you to shop, haggle and have cash ready is a fail-safe to making ao dai shopping a breeze!! They’re not only fluent in the language, they can shmooze their way to getting exactly what you need and want! Besides, no other group of strong-minded women will hesitate to let their opinion be known and at the same time have your back! #justsaying