Saturday, October 14, 2006

Street vendors

Every major street has vendors walking along, hawking their merchandise to passersby and motorists. I have seen vendors selling sunglasses, watches, Kleenex, mirrored bathroom cupboards, toy guns, shirts, socks, pictures of Mecca, plastic shelving units, wicker baskets, and magazines (both English language and Arabic). When I first saw them I was disbelieving--someone expected to make a living doing this? But people actually do buy from them. In fact, I buy from them! I bought David a watch from one of them. We were haggling over the price, and the vendor suggested I should pay more because, look!, it is a Longines! And if you believe that I know a bridge you can buy...

1 comment:

Nathan said...

Do they focus on one type of item, or do they sell a plethora of goods (watches, sunglasses, and magazines). It is interesting, because in Spain, their countrymen who have emigrated, as well as those from Nigeria, Ghana, Eritrea, and anywhere around Africa also have these tiny tables that they set up in the subways to sell the same sorts of things.