Hawkers in Mexico

by Jim on 21 September 2005

After reading Tim’s list of what he saw for sale on the road in the middle of a traffic jam in Nairobi, Kenya, I decided to keep my eyes open in Mexico.  Here are top 12 things that we saw on our most recent trip, that were being sold to people at stoplights and

Child vendor


  • Nuts
  • Phone cards
  • Gloves
  • Hand towels
  • Lollipops
  • Car mats
  • Chocolates
  • Window shades
  • Marshmallows
  • Umbrellas
  • Cigarettes
  • Batman costumes
  • Mexicans show amazing ingenuity when it comes to creating jobs out of thin air.  The evidence is the hundreds and thousands of vendors you see, men women and children.  The problem is that these people often aren’t making enough, and they have no benefits, no job security, and little hope of getting out of the rut.  Please pray for the people of Mexico.

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    Dennis September 22, 2005 at 5:50 am

    Hey Jim. Yesterday, I saw a lady selling plastic bags at the intersection…one at a time. Little white plastic bags.

    Mom C. September 22, 2005 at 10:08 pm

    I found this information really interesting. You mentioned several treats to eat. Mmm! Making me hungry!

    Eliza Rain March 22, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    And where is the cotton candy? And soap bubbles, and toys… I’m a mexican girl, and yes It’s a huge problem. =S

    Romanticide March 23, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Sometimes instead of selling umbrellas they sell flimsy plastic ponchos

    Jim March 26, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Ah, the cotton candy is right here!

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