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.

street market flowerstall london embankment

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
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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. Francesca says:

    Thanks Ailsa, great theme. And here is mine for the week.

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  6. Leya says:

    Ahhhhh – longing for markets! Tasty shots!

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  8. Sas says:

    Great idea for the theme this week Ailsa. I love the fact they still have flower stalls in London. It’s such a big, busy city where everyone is always in a rush yet they still find time to stop and buy flowers 🙂 Here’s my entry

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  16. lumar1298 says:

    Loved the theme… Have many pictures of merchandise to show…
    Here’s my entry:

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  18. elizz says:

    hi ailsa, here’s my entry for this week’s theme (Unusual and exotic) merchandise

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  23. jenny says:

    Here’s a little fishy tale on Bruneian merchandising to add to the shopping basket this week…

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  26. ninano says:

    Turkish extravaganza, abundance of costume jewellery:

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  30. Madoqua says:

    I could not resist the chance to post my photos of hundreds of different types of cheese that I wish we could get where I live!

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  33. Tish Farrell says:

    Here’s my merchanise, Ailsa – shopping in the wilds of Kenya’s Rift Valley:

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  37. Antti J. says:

    Hi Ailsa, Here is colorful notebooks from Portobello road market:

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  40. Swoosieque says:

    I have to admit, the hot sauces kind of freaked me out! I had fun going to these different places, right here, with you! 😀

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