Saturdays at the “Tianguis”

7 Feb

The last 2 Saturdays, Jorge and I have gone to his aunt’s house to sell our used stuff at the local tianguis (pronounced “Tee-AHN-geese”), a kind of Mexican flea market. In his aunt’s neighborhood, people set up stands along the street to sell snacks, books, used clothing, video games, makeup, and the list goes on and on. In previous years I’ve sold my used clothes to earn up to $500 pesos in a day (about $50 dollars for my US readers). We haven’t been so lucky the last 2 weekends because we keep getting rained out, but we’ll keep trying until there’s sunshine. At any rate the afternoon is never a total loss since Jorge’s aunts always have tamales, brazo de reina, and fried fish on-hand for lunch!

Here are some photos from Cancun’s Saturday tianguis

This last photo is my makeshift used clothes stand. I love so many of the clothes I’m selling, but many no longer fit me since I’ve lost weight. And some of those shoes have amazing memories! I haven’t had the chance to wear them in years (I wear a work uniform 6 days a week), but haven’t been willing to let them go for a very long time. I also have 2 bridesmaids dresses from my wedding, but I doubt I’ll be able to sell them at the tianguis since they’re more expensive items.

What kind of local markets do you have in your city?

9 Responses to “Saturdays at the “Tianguis””

  1. Ashlie February 7, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    Good luck with the weather this weekend!

  2. KfromMichigan February 8, 2012 at 12:10 am #

    I recently took some of my clothes and jewelry I’ve made to a resale shop. Sure hope some of it sells. I’ll get 40% of the sold item. Good luck with your stuff.

  3. Tori February 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    What size shoe are you??? I borrowed a gold pair that I think fit me. I am desperate for some new shoes and would like to see what your getting rid of.

  4. Ang February 8, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    I love the idea of this! I’d be rich if I could sell my clothes vs give them to a goodwill or whatever. I hope you get rich!

  5. Kathryn February 8, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Hey- if you’re going to sell all your beloved clothes, the best reason to do it is losing weight! Good luck- hope you make lots of moolah!

  6. Julie M. February 9, 2012 at 1:09 am #

    I love flea markets! That furniture up there looks awesome. Good luck with your weekend sales, I’ll be sending sun your way. 🙂

  7. Josie February 9, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

    Markets in Mexico are the best!! It sounds like a fun way to spend the day, even if you didn’t manage to sell your stuff just yet.

    I haven’t been to the big market here in el d.f. but I am going to. I could spend hours wandering around looking at cool little stalls. Plus the food section is always delicious.

  8. Nikki February 9, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    Whaaa?! I want to go to a Mexican flea market. I’m a big thrifter…because I’m cheap and I love upcycled. That’s why I’m adopting…j/k

  9. Ceri February 25, 2012 at 8:21 am #

    My street has a beautiful food market every Tuesday with a few stalls now and again that do trinkets and second-hand clothes. I’ll have to take photos and post them some time.

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