THE FRUIT LADIES
In almost every hotel beach area you will see the fruit ladies. They carry fresh fruit on plates they balance on their heads. It is more of a show than shopping. However, please do not miss this interesting experience.
Once you have agreed a price and which fruit you want, the fruit is prepared. Definately buy an orange. The lady pictured here "Ayshea" took out her very sharp MACHETE and peeled our oranges. The peel was removed as a single peice!
What to buy: Definately buy at least an orange.
What to pay: Cheap. Just agree a price
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Open markets and boutiques: Shopping for Fabrics in the Gambia
There are many shops selling fabrics and other handicrafts on the outskirts of Banjul. The most popular and unique goods are the tie-dye fabrics for which the Gambia is known for.
You can find hand dyed tablecloths, napkins,
and of course, whole bolts of fabric intended for many types of uses.
The best way to purchase these fabrics is by bartering or bargining. I have met many people who bring with them suitcases filled with hard to find goods (in the Gambia) such as diapers, bras, personal items and writing utensils. This works especially well in open markets. It is better though to haggle in the shops and boutiques.
What to buy: Tablecloths, napkins, dresses, shirts and much more!
What to pay: Not the asking price, you can always go lower. Haggling is a fine art in this part of the world.
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