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MAUI SWAP MEET
South Puunene Avenue (next to Kahului Post Office)
Just 50 cents gets you into this bustling flea market of produce, kitsch, and possibly the best bargains on unique souvenirs on the island. The gate opens at 7 a.m. Saturday and closes at noon, and you’d best show up early or the good stuff will be gone. Among all the crystals, coconuts, and cut-rate sarongs, there’s no telling what kind of treasures you’ll happen upon. Every type of fruit and vegetable grown on the island is on sale at bargain prices. Stock up on mangoes and papayas, and experiment with a sweet but seed-riddled lilikoi or with a rambutan, which is like a giant seeded grape on the inside and a red-tentacled space alien on the outside. In autumn 2008 the Maui Swap Meet is planning a move to Maui Community College (310 W. Kaahumanu Hwy.).
The Shops at Wailea
3750 Wailea Alanui Dr.
"What on earth will I wear?" There’s no better place in the North Pacific to find answers to that question than among the racks of sexy little skirts and dresses, fun and flirty tops and bottoms, and glamorous gowns at this "romantic goddess boutique." Specializing in trend-driven, one-of-a-kind, and simply unusual clothing, Enchantress represents more than 600 designers, including its own Hot Couture label, which features delightful things with 3-D flowers and loads of Swarovski crystal. It also has an elegant selection of nontraditional wedding dresses and beach wedding dresses, in satin, lace, and chiffon. The store’s adjacent Fifi & Bootzie Boutique (808-875-1121) is filled with accessories: bling-bling, candles, crystals, art deco this, art nouveau that, dressing mirrors trimmed with seashells.