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on shopping at the friperie

 

we hunted. we hunted for clothes, for shoes, for things we didn’t know we needed.

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we were on a mission to stay focused in the whirlwind of fabric and colors that is the friperie market of Bamako.


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i followed the leader, the expert, the one who knew how to best communicate with the Boutiquier Masters of Piles of Clothes.

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we went boutique to boutique, stack to stack, dress to shirt to skirt…Slide04

we moved from bed sheets to clothes to shoes and back again.Slide05

we waited patiently,Slide06

and less patiently.

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we got to know the neighbors.

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there was trying on and trying off and guessing,


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yeses and nos, and cash exchanged hands.

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and in the end,

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all parties left satisfied,

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and tuckered out.

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