The Juarez Flea Market is only open on Sundays. You are of
course welcome to come any other day of the week, but you won't
find much to buy, sorry. You can expect it to be quite crowded, as
pretty much all of the locals shop here. Once you come, you'll see
Come early and bring a backpack
We start our journey by taking any bus travelling
south in the golden zone that has the word
Juarez on it. Look for it either on the windshield
or on the display at the top of the bus. Ever since the train ran
into a bus a few years ago because the driver was playing his
boombox at full blast and never heard the whistle, the transit
authority and insisted that boomboxes are a no-no. However drivers
are still allowed to express their creative freedom by assembling a
diverse collection of precious items and affixing them to the
interior of the bus.
Stay on the bus about 5 minutes after you pass
Soriana's, at the Plaza Mazatlán on your left. When you see
a store on your right with a large blue Nestle's sign
painted on the wall, and the Taquieria El Toro across the
street on the left, you can get off at that stop or the next
one. The next one is better, but you'll miss the tortilla
making shop pictured here. There is a Bital bank on the left
hand side of the next stop. Get off there if you missed this
one, and make a note of where you are.
After you are off the bus, walk a few steps on the
same side of the street and in the same direction as the bus
was going. You'll come across a fragrence shop, where the
nice lady behind the counter will be happy to mix you up
just about anything you little nose could desire. The prices
are unbelievable. Shampoo and Deoderant is $2US, Body gel is
$6, and After Shave is $4.
We walked out of there with the following treasures.
A Gucci cologne, and shampoo, a Paco the waiter cologne
(Jack swears that Val can't keep her hands off him when he
wears this one.) An a Chanel #5 cologne and shampoo. Total
cost, around $20US. Of course you can sample any fragrence
before she mixes it up for you, to make sure you like
Now walk to the end of this block and make a right.
Of course if you walk past any shop that strikes your fancy,
the owners will be more than happy to do some business with
you. Walk down about two blocks. You should be able to see
the huge Mexican flag over the hill in the distance. When
you get to the giant statue of the head of Benito Juarez,
you've arrived at the entrance of the Juarez Flea
So now I can hear you asking, what
kind of stuff do they have here. Just to give you a flavor of the
place, I collected a bunch of photos of the various merchandise
available at some of the stalls. This is just a random sampling, I
assure you the actual selection is much larger. Personally I bought
a pair of Converse high top tennis shoes for less then $30USD.
There were of course a few items worthy of special mention.
When we first got there, the outdoor hair salons
weren't doing a booming business, and the proprieters were a
little on the shy side. As my grandmother used to say,
Ein schöner rücken kann auch enzücken.
Things your Grandmother Told You
This translates to,
a nice back can also be enchanting. My
grandmothers other favorite sayings were, Der Klügerer
gibt nach and Wass man nicht in Kopf hat muss man in
den Beinen haben. You will have to translate those for
But things picked up a little later. Everyone seems
hard at work now. The salon is convienently located right
next door to the food bazaar, but fortunately the wind blows
in the opposite direction.
Speaking of food, there is plenty available here. Now
here is question for you: How can you tell that the honey is
Val's favorite is the hot dog. I had a bite and it
was very tasty. Jack and I succumb to the donuts, where were
very filling. Getting home is easy. Make your way
back to the Bital bank where you got off the bus. Then
continue walking two more blocks in that direction. The bus
you need to catch stops just across the street. If you're
not sure, ask the driver if the bus stops in the golden
zone. Have a great day, and enjoy all your treasures.
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