There are several areas in which vendors ply their colorful wares in on the street or in booths in the charming city of San Cristobal, Chipas, Mexico.  Today's post features photos from the "merchandise" markets (mostly textiles) from our December trip.  The fruit and vegetable markets will be featured in Part 2.  

I very much enjoyed strolling around these colorful markets and bought a few items at excellent prices.  Even Barry seemed to enjoy himself, and he usually hates shopping.  Bargaining is expected, though if the first price offered was very low, I usually just went ahead and paid it.  These people surely don't live easy lives, and I feel guilty if the price is too low.  These markets are just another reason to love Mexico!

Some vendors simply set up along the streetside...
while others have simple stands to display their wares.  I bought a small zippered change purse here, and just look at this lady's smile.  Priceless!
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Here is where I bought my pretty shawl/scarf for a great price -- no need to bargain
Here's a view of just a small portion of one of the larger markets.  I could wander around here for hours!  One thing that amazed us most is that these vendors have to set up and tear down their displays every night, hauling the clothing and other merchandise home in large bundles both ways.  It's a hard life, and that's one of the reasons I didn't want to haggle too much.  
I wish we'd had room to bring back more -- with prices so good, I would have loved to pack a bag full of these cute blouses!
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I just love all the color
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Love these bedspreads (tablecloths?) Whatever they are, the colors are gorgeous!
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Busy marketplace -- not only for tourists but locals too, especially with Christmas right around the corner
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Love these!
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And these -- look at the peacocks!
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Something for the kiddies -- and to keep all the Mexican dentists in business!
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Another purchase -- the turquoise scarf for less than $5 US
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And a fresh-squeezed OJ for Barry for 10 pesos (80 cents!)
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Birds and peacocks are a recurring theme - beautiful!
On our last night in San Cristobal, we finally decided we had bought enough small items over the course of our trip that we really needed a duffel bag since we were only traveling with smallish backpacks, and they were already very full when we left Belize.  So we bought this one, and we did have to bargain hard for it.  Compared to the other items we purchased for a lot less, we probably overpaid for this at approximately $16 US, but it was a godsend for the rest of our trip.  I guess zippers drive the price up!
Stay tuned for Part 2 as we explore the fruit and veggie markets of San Cristobal!

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