Chor Bazaar, located near Bhendi Bazaar in South Mumbai, is one of the largest flea markets in India. The word Chor means thief in Hindi-Urdu. It was originally called Shor Bazaar, meaning noisy market, but became chor because of the British pronunciation the word. Eventually stolen goods started finding their way into the market, resulting in it living up to its new name. It is now famous for antique and vintage items.A store called Mini Market offers old Bollywood posters for sale. Others offer authentic Victorian furniture, replacement parts for automobiles, etc. Although bargains are sometimes staggering, haggling is considered mandatory. This area is one of the tourist attractions of Mumbai.
This is basically an "organized" flea market, where one has to rummage through junk to find what one wants. There's a saying about this area, if you lose anything in Mumbai you can buy it back from the "Chor Bazaar". It has been mentioned in popular novels like Rohinton Mistry's Such a Long Journey as "not a nice place".
A popular story about the origin of the name of the market is that a violin and some other belongings of Queen Victoria went missing while being unloaded from her ship while on a visit to Bombay later to be found for sale in the thieve's market.