Travel theme: Merchandise

As September rolls in and summer waves farewell, back to school and Labour Day sales hit the stores and merchandise has been flying off shelves everywhere. I’ve never been one for sales – there is no discount deep enough to tempt me to face bargain-hungry crowds – but I do love wandering through markets, corner shops and stalls when the crowds die down, with camera in tow. Here are a few merchandise-themed photos I’ve taken on my travels.  Some gorgeous south-western pottery in Santa Fe.

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A London flower stall at night.

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Charcuterie in Rome.


Hot sauces with spicy names in a Montana novelty shop.


Tea, herb and spice mixes at a New York farmers’ market.

street market spices

An added bonus of taking my camera shopping with me is that I usually get so wrapped up in photographing objects that I forget to buy anything. It saves me a fortune! So embrace your inner shopaholic and join in with your own interpretation of this week’s theme (everyone’s welcome!) Here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Merchandise
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
  • Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up to date on the latest weekly travel themes. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS!

xxx Ailsa

You know the value of every article of merchandise, but if you don’t know the value of your own soul, it’s all foolishness. – Rumi

Junk is the ideal product… the ultimate merchandise. – William S. Burroughs


About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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116 Responses to Travel theme: Merchandise

  1. IT IS SO EXCITING ! I would love to be part of it. Great shots.

  2. Moritz says:

    I really like to find these spices on city markets. It’s always a joy to have a look on all the local spices 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      I love finding new spices or seasonings that are unique to a country, it’s a great way to bring a little of the exotic back home with you! 🙂

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  4. citizenmonde says:

    Love your blog, looks like you’ve had some inspiring adventures! Looking forward to reading more from you

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  6. Ese' s Voice says:

    All are wonderful choices, Ailsa, but a bit of patterns of those pots in the first photo is something I would love to have at home.
    Here’s my contribution this week:

  7. Beautiful photos and Love the quotes at the end!

  8. Did you buy any of those enticing hot sauces?

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  12. Jaspa says:

    I love the pots! My contribution is a little more overtly commercial…

    • ailsapm says:

      I wish I’d bought one of those pots, they were so pretty but I knew I’d never make it to the end of my road trip without smushing it into a million tiny pieces. Love your post, and the name Hungaroring, it’s so perfectly onomatopoeic. 🙂

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  14. oh, how I miss spices stalls and real farmers’ markets! They are so manicured here in Vegas… And prices are higher than at “Whole Foods” chain! And that pottery display – i am drooling…

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  16. Nothing is more fun than a relaxed stroll through a market – the local finds!
    The quote by Burroughs is right on target

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  18. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Those sauce names are hilarious!

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  21. Great theme. I love your photos, especially the Santa Fe pottery! Here’s my entry:

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  24. What great pictures, all representative of food culture in their respective countries!

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  26. Max510 says:

    Very intersting theme this week !
    Great pics !

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  28. Max510 says:

    Here I am !
    Ailsa and friends, I hope you want to buy something of these…

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  30. Wonderful, Ailsa, I’d love to take your choice of merchandise home!
    Here’s my entry:
    Enjoy the weekend.

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  36. The Rider says:

    My official entry is scheduled for tomorrow morning, but this one was published before I saw this week’s challenge-

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  39. says:

    Love the Rumi quote. Have you considered selling a print of the sunrise ? I love it!

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  41. bebs1 says:

    I love potteries. Love the above in the photos. Here’s my merchandise:

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