Thursday, July 30, 2009

'Digging' at Bezalel market



No one really knows where the good stuff, sold here at ridiculous prices ,comes from. No one dares ask how this merchandise from well-known store chains and top fashion designers has turned up here, and who are these people that sell it. It is believed that there's a worldwide net which gets hold of the fine stock of surpluses. and distributes it , probably by dubious means, to its members in various countries . As for the people who sell it - my favorite place, for instance, is run by a drug addict, quite a character.

The price is a great bargain, but there's work to be done. One has to dig for the precious items deep into piles of clothes displayed both on the outside stands and inside the shops. And, in my case, when I get home I sometimes have to activate my sewing machine and make a few adjustments to the newly purchased items. But every effort is worthwhile. It's such a delight to wear a "Marks & Spencer"outfit , knowing that you paid for it five dollars only ! And I don't wish to know how the stuff got here. There, I said it.

"Bezalel" , a tiny clothing market (also of some home appliances and gifts) is situated in the very heart of Tel-Aviv city, close to its bigger brother, the 'Carmel' general market. It includes a short street and two small lanes. The attached photos were taken in the main street area.

I've received two kinds of reactions to one of the photos (guess which):

Men : ' Oh well, You had to capture only half of her and ruin a good photo'
Women: 'Why on earth did you have to bring in that half milk cow and ruin a good photo'
The truth is I haven't even noticed the 'a la Dolly Parton girl ' when I pointed to shoot. I'm definitely in favor of showing the whole thing. not half of it.


trouble with the nose or with the smell?

she's got lovely Love earrings


religious orthodox women looking for kids' clothing


interesting patch on the pants of the young woman

29 comments:

Vera said...

You so capture the flavour of the city. Your two middle photos made me laugh, and I think it is so much better to capture moments as they arrive rather than have staged photo-shoots. Great photos. I felt I was sharing the city with you.

DUTA said...

Vera,

Smiling and laughing are good for our health. So, I'm glad two of the photos made you laugh.
I agree with you about capturing moments as opposed to staged photo shooting.

Arika said...

Great photos! And, I wouldn't care where that stuff came from either! A bargain's a bargain!

The Bug said...

See, the problem is that I HATE to shop - so even though it's a good deal, the fact that I might have to dig through stuff to find anything puts me off. But I wouldn't mind visiting with someone else who wanted to dig :)

TallTchr said...

I suspect many of the bargains on designer label merchandise are in fact counterfeits. I know you can get Rolex watches in Los Angeles for the price of a Timex.

TheChicGeek said...

How fun, Duta :) When I come to visit my BFF in Israel in October I will have to have her take me here. What impresses me is that the streets are so clean! We have shopping areas like this one in Los Angeles, but they are filthy dirty...you are fortunate to live in such a beautiful place!

Funny how men and women see things differently too, isn't it? LOL

Have a Wonderful Day, Duta!

Bica said...
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Bica said...

I love your pictures! The picture of the religious orthodox women shopping looks like they could be shopping at a sidewalk sale in the U.S.

Rahel/Rodica said...

Really, I don’t consider this place. For me it is a poor one, but you make me feel its specificity.
I enjoyed reading the text and watching the photos.

DUTA said...

Arika,

I'm glad you like my photos, and I agree with you as to the source of he stuff.

DUTA said...

The Bug

Digging could indeed be tiring and put one off. It's quite usual to see here a bunch of women: mother, daughter, grandaughter,daughter-in-law. The younger ones do the 'digging' and the mother approves/disapproves of the findings.

DUTA said...

TallTchr,
I'm aware of the counterfeits issue. I would like to believe, however, that as far as quality of fabric and seam is concerned, it's hard to deceive me.

DUTA said...

TheChicGeek,
Usually, the place is far from clean. It's the Middle East, remember? Everytime I happen to visit the place I notice a deterioration . Maybe it's due to the fact that there are plans to demolish it and move the market to some other location.

DUTA said...

Bica,
And you know what? The vendors aren't crazy about them 'cause they come in bunches and make a lot of noise, but these women are a great consummer force.

DUTA said...

Rahel/Rodica,
Welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed my text and the photos.

Angelina said...

I enjoy flea markets, and there is always a favorite in every large city.

I love the digging and the treasure finds, what I don't enjoy is the hard sellers. They really ruin it for me when they are calling after you trying to get you to buy their stuff. Maybe it is because I am a softy and will buy stuff just to make them happy.

Love the photographs! Have a wonderful day. : )

DUTA said...

Angelina,
I'm glad and honored that you've decided to follow my blog.

I see that we are alike as regards treasure finds in markets , and the hard sellers.

Have a wonderful day too!

Lisa said...

I love the pictures of "everyday" life as its happening and your wonderful sense of humor. Thank you for the glimpse into your world!

DUTA said...

Lisa,
Hi Lisa, You've made my day with your warm comment. Thanks.

Nezzy said...

I so enjoyed your pictures and posts. It's a chance for this country chick to see the world. You have a blessed evening.

DUTA said...

Nezzy,
Thanks for stopping by.Glad you enjoyed he posts. A nice name you have, and I like it how you call yourself " a country chick".
Have a blessed day.

C Hummel Kornell a/k/a C Hummel Wilson said...

Duta, It's so great following you and your blog. I would never get to see such amazing places without you. Thanks for sharing!

DUTA said...

C.Hummel Kornell a/k/a C.Hummel Wilson,

Thanks for visiting and leaving such a nice, warm comment.

...mmm... said...

I love these candid photos of an Israeli market.

Gledwood said...

hey you're in Israel are you? You couldn't by any chance recommend me the best Hebrew language course you know by any chance?

I'm trying to learn Hebrew and it's going terribly!!

Gledwood said...

I did learn the alphabet though, plus the script version. Which must be something ...?

... surely ..??

DUTA said...

Gledwood,
There are a number of possibilities. You could try and find out whether there are hebrew courses at the israeli embassy or the nearest consulate. You may inquire about such a course at the Jewish community in town, or at he local university. Good Luck!

DUTA said...

Gledwood,
Yes, indeed it is something. Bravo.

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