Describe a time you bought something from a street or outdoor market IELTS cue card

Describe a time you bought something from a street or outdoor market

Describe a time you bought something from a street or outdoor market IELTS cue card


Describe a time you bought something from a street or outdoor market.

You should say
When was it?
Where was the market?
What did you buy?
And how you felt about it?

Sample Answer 1


Being a shopaholic person, I love shopping. Most of the time I buy things from shopping malls, sometimes, I go to the local street market to buy my favourite things.

When was it?, and Where was the market?

Last year my relatives planned a visit to my home. To leave a good impression on them, I had left no stone unturned to keep my home spic and span.

However, to my dismay, While cleaning the house, I realized that the curtains of my drawing-room were in bad shape.

Since I did not have much time at my disposal, I decided to buy them from the nearby street market, just 200 metres away from my home.

What did you buy?

Along with curtains for my drawing-room, I bought some glasses too from that market.Since there is fierce competition in that market I managed to get huge discount.

And how you felt about it?

Post-purchase, I was not very happy for a few days. I was under the impression that I had made the wrong choice by buying things from the street market. And the reason for the disappointment was my family members.

They were repeatedly telling me that the products I bought were inferior in quality.

But the disappointment didn’t last too long. When my relatives had come to my home, they started appreciating the curtains. 

Moreover, when I had washed those curtains, they didn’t shrink at all.

These days I regularly visit that market and I have saved a lot of money by buying the daily need items. Since the vendors of that market have low operational costs, they share their profits with their customers.

Through this sharing, they have created a win-win situation for themselves and their customers too.


To conclude, the street markets provide quality products at reasonable prices.

Sample Answer 2


  • Being a shopping enthusiast, and I find extreme pleasure in shopping. I love to go to all kinds of places like malls and street markets.
  • The primary reason behind going to street markets is my love for bargaining, and there is no denying this conviction that street markets are the best place to bargain.
  • Recently I visited a street market in my hometown.

When was it?, and Where was the market?

  • Although there are numerous street markets in my hometown, the best one is in the heart of the city. 
  • From the outside, it looks small, but it consists of more than 100 shops selling assorted items.
  • Whenever I visit my hometown, I visit this market to have look at the new items available.
  • On my last visit, I saw an altogether different range of handbags
  • To my surprise, the bags of all renowned brands were there
  • Upon close look, I deciphered that the bags were the first copy of the famous brands
  • The cost was reasonable with the highest price of about 40 dollars.
  • It was dirt cheap as compared to the originals that cost around 300 dollars.

What did you buy?

  • Although I had liked many bags, my search ended at a bag with a monochromatic look
  • It was black inspired by a renowned brand called Gucci
  • The shopkeeper had quoted 30 dollars, but I closed the deal by paying him 18 dollars.
  • The striking feature of the bag is its size which is big enough to carry my laptop.
  • The inside of the bag has three pockets dedicated to currency, keys, and shades.
  • My heaps of experience helped me to crack a good deal.
  • This bag has become an integral part of my life and, I use it daily.
  • It is so similar to the original one, and differentiating it from the original one would be a daunting task for anyone.

And how you felt about it?

  • I feel like a lucky person to grab such a good deal at a throwaway price
  • One of my friends borrows this bag regularly for shopping.


  • Street Markets are a perfect place to find amazing deals at pocket-friendly prices.

Follow up Questions

Here are some examples of follow up questions that the examiner might ask during your speaking part 3 related to cue card “Describe a time you bought something from a street or outdoor market”.

1. What kind of markets are there in your country?

In my nation, all types of markets are there to fulfil the needs of people from all walks of life. For the people having opulent lifestyle, we have reputed shopping malls selling high-quality products. Whereas for masses we have numerous street markets where they can find products with good deals.

2. Do you think small markets will disappear in the future?

There is no denying this conviction that street markets work like a charm. They provide a range of products that serve the purposes of the masses. Although there is a tremendous increase in the number of shopping malls in recent years, street markets are under no threat. So both big markets and small markets would continue to exist.

3. Have people’s shopping habits changed in recent years?

Yes, there has been a paradigm shift in the shopping habits of people. Since technology has made inroads in our lives, a large section of society thrives primarily on online shopping for their needs. Apart from this, the ongoing pandemic has played a significant role in bringing a drastic change in the consumer’s mindset. The buyers of this contemporary epoch do not like to squander too much time on shopping.

4. What are the differences between shopping in street markets and big shopping malls?

The major difference is the ambience. The big shopping malls leave no stone unturned to provide a wide range of products under one roof in clean and pristine surroundings. And they charge a premium for their services by offering the products at the maximum retail price in most cases. The street markets, on the other hand, do not spend too much on infrastructure. They lure their customers by offering products at a lower cost as compared to the shopping malls.

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