Peddlers in the Old Bucharest

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Dec 14, 2007
The Municipal Museum of Bucharest has recently opened a distinguishing exhibition that is unique for its theme and atmosphere: peddlers and trades on the streets of former Bucharest. Being in general an easy occupation and rather profitable, the trade was in the hands of people who had come from abroad: Greeks, Turkeys, Armenians, Bulgarians and Jews. Between 1868 and 1885, Bucharest used to have only two markets: one situated in the area of nowadays Unirii Plaza (“The Big Market”) and one around Amzei church (“The Small Market”), near today’s Romana Plaza. Besides, lots of small shops and grocer shops used to sell their products in the central area. Only the rich inhabitants could afford sending their servants to the market or to the grocer’s or to command products to the stable peddler. They were delivered at their door by the special employees of the shops, generally young boys. Thus, the ambulant commerce used to be at hand of most of the citizens of Bucharest. Each ambulant seller was specialized in certain types of products. Generally, they were selling food: meat, vegetables, cheese, fruits, sweets, soft drinks and lots of haberdashery items. They also had measurement instruments for the merchandise they were selling. In Bucharest, the control and the marking of these instruments was done yearly by the authorities who also used to come for a fortuitously control. From morning till late in the evening, Bucharest was rustling with the steps, the yells and the bargains of those earning their living by selling products in the streets. Step by step, after the First World War, the authorities decided that the image of the capital should be a modern one and tried to decrease the size of the ambulant commerce. Despite their decisions, this kind of trade has lasted until these days, reminding of the times when it was one of the most picturesque aspects of Bucharest.
Old Bucharest market
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