Early morning at La Salada Market

"Why do we have problems with opening and closing times? Because we don't want silly things [tonterías], we want to sell to wholesalers."


Jorge Castillo speaking in a meeting with stallholders. From the Documentary Become a Stallholder.


"It has often been remarked that the fairs were wholesale markets, where dealer met dealer. This was indeed the essential activity, but only to see this is to ignore the huge scale of popular participation. For everyone had access to the fair."


Fernand Braudel, The Wheels of Commerce.


"Considered as a variety of economic system, the bazaar shows a number of distinctive characteristics. Its distinction lies less in the processes which operate and more in the way those processes are shaped into a coherent form. The usual maxims apply here as elsewhere: sellers seek maximum profit, consumers maximum utility; price relates supply and demand; factor proportions reflect factor costs. However, the principles governing the organization of commercial life are less derivative from such truisms than one might imagine from reading standard economic textbooks."


Clifford Geertz. The Bazaar Economy: Information and Search in Peasant Marketing.

Shopping at La Salada Market
Working at La Salada Market
Shopping at La Salada Market
Sneakers for sale at La Salada Market
Clothing for sale at La Salada Market
Buying and selling at La Salada Market
Buying and selling at La Salada Market
Shopping at La Salada Market
Products for sale at La Salada Market
Buying and selling at La Salada Market
Buying and selling at La Salada Market
Shoes for sale at La Salada Market
Buying and selling at La Salada Market
Buying and selling at La Salada Market
Buying and selling at La Salada Market
Buying and selling at La Salada Market
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Lunch at La Salada Market
Bus terminal at La Salada Market
Wholesalers at La Salada Market
Buying and selling at La Salada Market
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