13 June 2009

Vernissage

What is Vernissage? Vernissage is a popular outdoor market occupying about 5 city blocks directly east of Republic Square. I love going there because it's so huge, you can always find something interesting. About half of the stuff for sale seems to be geared toward tourists, but there's plenty of other stuff, too, and on any given day, the majority of shoppers seem to be locals.
  • Armenian carpets
  • Used and new clothes and accessories
  • Traditional woven vests, hats, slippers, and bags

  • Novelty t-shirts

  • Preserved specimens of Armenian wildlife

  • Local folk instruments
  • Handmade dolls

  • Wood and stone carvings
  • Ceramics
  • Reproductions of ancient manuscripts
  • Elaborately carved chess and backgammon boards

  • Art
  • Art
  • and more art
  • Flowers and decorative plants
  • Bicycle tires, old glass bottles, assorted metal doodads
  • Irons from every era

  • Vacuum cleaner attachments
  • Candlesticks, fondue sets, hookahs
  • Pirated music, DVDs, and video games

  • Laboratory & surgical supplies
  • Fine china & silverware
  • Pets and pet supplies
  • Religious paraphernalia
  • Small appliances and kitchen utensils
  • Jewelry
  • Remote controls
  • Lace doilies and hand-embroidered tablecloths
  • Souvenirs
...and tons of other junk. So you might say that Vernissage has pretty much everything - including the kitchen sink!
If you want to learn more about Vernissage and the people who sell their wares at this unique bazaar, check out this interesting short article.

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