I hope everyone had a great weekend. Ours was lovely. The weather was warm, the sun was out and enjoyed every minute of it.
We have a few really fun blog things coming up this week including a guest post today on Latte Love and a little Throwdown we partook in with Minted Life. But let’s about the market in Chichicastenango.
Going to the market was a must do on my list (not necessarily Micah’s) from the moment my co-worker told me about it. I was both excited and nervous that I would come home with too much stuff. We had a plan that I hoped would help with that and it did.
The market was great. So much to buy, so much to see. We were both overwhelmed and underwhelmed. We were overwhelmed by all the stalls and beautiful craftsmanship but underwhelmed by the variety. A lot of the stalls looked the same and were selling the same things. It was a little discouraging finding something you loved, something you thought was unique and then find 6 more like it 20 minutes later. But that’s how it goes right? Nonetheless, the market was colorful and wonderful way to spend the morning.
We had hoped to snap more pictures but the place was packed and we were trying to keep track of all our purchases, our personal items and each other. That’s hard to do when you are stopping to take pictures.
The market doesn’t just cater to tourists, but to locals too. Artists come to buy materials here including beautifully dyed thread for embroidery.
We picked up an embroidered belt which we have plans for later from these lovely girls. You can see some of their stunning handy work in the background.
Most of shopping we did was for other people. One great buy were beaded bracelets for the ladies in our lives. We got a really lovely red one for Micah’s Mom. It was a hit.
We also picked up a few things for ourselves. I got this piece for my craft room. I love the colors.
There were a few things we saw at the market that I wanted to buy but had to pass on. I wanted one of those hand embroidered blouses but after chatting with people heard they don’t wash that well. Bummer. We also thought long and hard about a table runner but realized it wouldn’t go with our our décor. We were sad about it but realized it was better to not buy than to have a table runner collecting dust in our house.
I need to take pictures of everything we bought. We also purchased a toy bus with a very specific craft in mind that I’m excited to tackle.