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(QCOSTARICA) Shoes, handbags, beach wear, jewellery, clothing, pet products, pastry, women’s accessories and furniture are some of the items being offered in the “El Mercadito” (Flea Market) this weekend in Escazú.

The Mercadito is being held in Plaza Tempo (next to Pricesmart) and open to everyone from 11:00am to 7:30pm Saturday and Sunday (May 16 & 17) and free to visit.

The little market is a place where enterprising families have the opportunity to offer their creations.

According to organizers, this is the last flea marker of the season and will include up to 62 vendors in 48 stalls.

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The flea market concept  in Costa Rica by way of the “ferias”  common every weekend in most small towns and communities around the greater metropolitan area of San José and the “mercados” that are municipal run markets in large communities.

In many community, the ferias are a great way to buy fruits and vegetables directly from the local farmers, crafts from local artisans and a variety of items usually at a lower cost than at a retail outlet.

Ferias are not to be confused with the ‘artisan’ and “souvenir” stands in high traffic tourist areas, where prices are generally higher.


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