The items that you can find in these African markets are absolutely hilarious. They range from cheap plastic, shiny shoes from China, to big poofy, 90's prom dresses, but sometimes, brand new, expensive designer shoes that still have stickers from TJ Maxx on it marking at $29.99. Today, I bought a pair of new BCBG heels for a whopping $14. Also, two skirts from European boutiques and a collar shirt for a total of $10. These are consider more "high-end" products that are being sold in small stalls within the market. There are also vendors who push around a cart with a pile of clothes on them. They look a bit like the bins you see in stores during sales. The other day, I got a crew-cut t-shirt for a total of .... 80 cents!
For my remaining days in Cameroon, I will be spending a lot of time in the market looking for hidden gems and haggling with the bargaining skills that I've honed up over the past two years.
Oh, and if you are wondering what obnoxious things are being yelled at me, here are some examples:
- mon bébé, viens ici, viens voir! (my babe, come here, come look!)
- ma chérie, vous êtes belles, hein? vous me mariez? (my darling, you are pretty, marry me?)
- la blache! la blanche! viens! (white girl, white girl, come!)
- la chinoise! hee haw (Chinese girl! random sounds that are suppose to be Chinese)
Oh the quirks of Cameroonian markets! I've started to find them rather endearing and I will probably miss it in the future. I know I will definitely miss designer shoes for $15 for less!