Buenos Aries hippie fair celebrates its second birthday. municipality gave the students and hippies permission?
Buenos Aries hippie fair celebrates its second birthday. municipality gave the students and hippies permission to set up their stalls along the outer wall of Recoleta Cemetery, the oldest cemetery in BA, on sundays and here they sell their had-made leather ware, jewellery, clothing, carvings, candles and objects d'art. the market has become a regular sunday attraction for the people and visitors of Buenos Aires and although prices have gone up quite a lot in the past year, business is still good and the number of stalls on the increase. the hippie market grew out of the older antique market in the hippie market grew out the older antique market in the suburb of san telmo, one of the oldest areas of buenos aires. this market, or fair, is held in the plaza dorrego, in defensa street. the name of the street celebrates the successful defence of buenos aires against an english attack in the early 1800s and it was in this very street where some of the fiercest fighting took place. now it is a much quieter area known for its restaurants, artists, antique shops, and for the last five years, the open air market in the plaza. this began after an enterprising group of antique shop owners asked the buenos aires municipality to permission to set ups stalls in the plaza on sunday. this was granted and the fair - or market - began to be held every sunday. the beginnings were simple - a few stalls and not a great selection of things to buy. now it is different. on sundays thousands of people jam into the plaza to inspect the myriad objects displayed for sale. unlike the hippie market where everything is new and hand-made, in the plaza dorrego it is almost without exception old and often imported from europe or other countries, although there are local antique objects available, too. some of the stall holders have entered into the spirit of things and dress in a style to suit the object they have for sale. Thousands of portenos (people from - strictly speaking born in - the port of Buenos Aires) find it an interesting place t
o pass some time on a Sunday, but according to regular goers it is becoming harder and harder to find a good bargain in the crowded plaza.