Friday, October 14, 2011

Always someting to buy in San Miguel de Allende

It was a warm day in San Miguel de Allende, I had a short sleeve t-shirt on and I was sitting in the shade.  This man selling the rebozos was wearing a jacket.  I was just perspiring just looking at him but maybe he knew what he was doing.  Selling rebozos in the summer, one had to dress the part that is was cold out.
This lady wearing her pink and white checked apron with the the dainty embroidery on the pockets was on her way to the market.  Being a seasoned salesman, he immmediatly pulled out the matching pink rebozo out of his big bag.
They were having a  great conversation and the rebozo man must have done a good job.  I surmised that the gentleman in the striped shirt bought the green rebozo as a gift to bring home to his wife.
This lady was also in front of the San Francisco church waiting for the crowd to exit once mass was over. She had a beautifully woven basket filled with her home baked cookies.  Always a big hit with the little ones.
In the jardin, you can always pick up a new straw hat, hand made woven round straw matts for the floor or table, a decorative straw tube to store those special floor plans in... and even made to order woven bracelets with your name on it.  He whips those bracelets out in just a few minutes.
A sight that is not that common anymore.  This man was carrying wood and wire bird cages tied together up at the Tiangus Tuesday market.  Years ago, I would see men riding their bicycles around with a six foot high tier of bird cages strapped to their backs.  What a site.
You can get an idea of what I was talking about by this man above.  Even though he is not on a bike, his stack of bird cages are pretty tall.  I was sitting with my friend Paula  having something cold to drink over in Patzcuaro when we spotted this man coming our way.
These little displays of religious pieces are in front of the Oratorio Church. The array of colors are just amazing.
Another temporary "stall" of religious pieces in front of the church.
When I was over in Patzcuaro getting things lined up for my Artisan & Architecture tour.  This charming lady was selling those "finger traps," the colorful woven straw tube that locks your fingers together when you stretch it and little woven straw frogs that when pushed down a certain way would leap at least a foot.  Well, we just could not resist buying a few of the frogs, especially when she gave us such a demonstration! 
One of the many things I love about San Miguel and other parts of Mexico is the ingenious ways people will go out and sell their wares.  I just love interacting with them.
Now, I wonder where those frogs went to?

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