Everything's For Sale, If You Can Find It

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Good Friday, friends!

This time I'm sharing some photos of a Traditional Street Market in the little town of Melide, which is right in the heart of Galicia. This may be a small town... but it sure has a lot of movement, since the The French Way to Santiago goes right through it.

This post is for the #MarketFriday initiative by @dswigle. 😊

One of the things I found interesting in this market is that it was scattered through a few quarters in the town.

On a back ally behind the church there was a little square where you would find vegetables and fruit stands...


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All kind of healthy products were found here... and nothing besides that.

It was the most crowded area of the market, without a doubt.
The business was going very well for these vendors, almost everyone who passed here would stop to buy something... and some people would even fill huge bags with their favourite veggies.


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Everything looked incredible fresh and tasty, so much that this lady had her bag completely full... but was still buying more. 🤣


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On the main street and right next to the church there was a parked van selling potatoes, garlics and onions. Despite being right at the centre of the town, the business was not going very well for this guy. Where other vendors would make 10 sales, this guy was lucky enough if he sold a single potato. He was standing alone by his truck... and looking really bored. 😆


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There were no lack of buyers... so I'm assuming the potato guy was doing something wrong. Maybe he should invest on a marketing team.


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Here's another vegetable stand crowed with customers.

It was early in the day and the stocks were full... but they were going pretty fast. From the looks of it, by noon everything should have been gone.


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To see the rest of the street fair, you'd have to walk for about 1km. The rest of the action was next to a local games park.


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Surrounding this basketball court there were a lot of tents with colourful products...


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When I got closer I realised this was the clothes department. Natürlich, this section had a lot more women, even though they also sold men's clothing.


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However, the only men I saw weren't buying... or even browsing. They were simply walking around, talking to each other... while waiting for their ladies. 😁


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Once again, everyone was selling well except for one stand. It looked almost abandoned.


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Her neighbours were working non stop, serving customer after customer. There were a lot of variety: pants, skirts, scarfs, bags, hats... and in a lot of different colours too.


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There were clothes for everyone and, unlike in American malls, no one was fighting over the pieces. 🤣

The spirit was a cheerful one, everyone was happy and having a great time in this simple street market.


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I enjoyed it as well. No one was bothered by me taking photos. Here in Portugal I had a lot of bad experiences, most vendors start shouting and ask me to stop taking photos.

I have never felt the same in other countries, from Spain to Russia to the US... no one else acted that way. It must be a Portuguese thing. It's really a mystery to me. 🤔

Please leave a comment down below, if you have the time! 🤗


LocationMelide, Galicia - Spain
CameraPanasonic Lumix DC-TZ90
Photos13 (Edited with GIMP)


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I have never been to an American mall that had fighting over merchandise. Which one did you go to?

That is a rather unusual arrangement, isn't it? The geographically separated markets like that? I am more used to them continuing through the downtown area. You might not find it being 1km away! Poor potato guy! I wonder if he is too expensive? Or nobody likes potatoes. It happens to be one of my favorite foods. :) I do hope he gets enough business to break even with his expenses. Perhaps he would do better if he set up a stand? There has to be a reason that we are not clearly seeing.

We the prices expensive? We the clothing prices expensive? Thank you for taking us along with you!

#MarketFriday began as a way to reach out across the globe and learn about different cultures through their markets, especially local markets and farmers' markets, and eventually branched out and evolved over time from straight shopping to a cultural affair as it highlights how we differ and then again, how much we are alike. We have become a melting pot of culture, but it is still the Rituals, Festivals, food, architecture, and even your language/languages that separate us... Along with the fact that these things are normal for us. There are unwritten rules that rule our social behaviors. I see this as allowing for increased tolerance between cultures and nations, and opportunities to come together on an even playing ground. A strong culture can be beneficial to a country as it promotes unity, especially during a crisis, peaceful debate, and open dialogue. I have learned so much about all of you and it has been an amazing experience. I can only hope that learning about each other can help us work together for a peaceful world.

Thank you for being a part of #MarketFriday

Thanks for the visit and comment! 🤗

Which one did you go to?

Ahahha, that's probably something I picked up watching CSI, NCSI and stuff like that! 😆

That is a rather unusual arrangement, isn't it? The geographically separated markets like that?

Yes, very unusual, it was the first time I saw it.

We the prices expensive? We the clothing prices expensive?

No, not really. In these street markets stuff is usually a lot cheaper than in stores.

Thank you! That sounds like quite the deal then~

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You should check out ColinAbroadcast on YouTube, he visits markets all over Asia where he works as a teacher too.

That sounds interesting, thanks for your visit and comment!

Poor potato truck guy. I hope he sold some to break even for the the petrol. It says Patatas on his sign same word used in the Philippines for potato.

Yeah, Philippines imported a lot of Spanish words into the language! 😁

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Cool market... Poor potato seller 😀
Enjoy your weekend

Ahahah, he was looking a bit depressed.

Thanks for your comment.

Go to Bali. Nobody is going to stop you from taking photos.

I never had such problems outside of Portugal. I don't know what's the problem with these folks. 🤣

Thanks for stopping by!

I love those types of markets, especially regarding the fruits and vegetables from some local farmers. 🙂
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For sure, usually their products are a lot fresher and more natural than in supermarkets.

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