Country Shopping

29 07 2008

I want to introduce you to the custom of way side shopping in the Netherlands.

While the weather is amenable, many people like to sell their stuff in a low-maintenance manner by putting up a stall, and let things develop on their own. This can range from a miniature garage-sale, to garden produce, eggs, honey, to a professional nursery selling examples of their plants or cut flowers.
It works like this: You put up a table with a parasol, or even a real stall, and put your merchandise out, price everything, and people passing by choose what they like, and put the money into a tin-box, jar, flowerpot, whatever.
Apparently this works very well, because it’s getting more and more popular 🙂
Just make it clear: There are no people looking after the stalls! You are expected to be honest and pay for what you take and leave the money in the box, jar, flowerpot. And of course they’re counting on nobody taking money out of it, unless it is change.

Photos taken from horse-back: hence the high view point.
It’s raining a bit: Two baskets of vegetables, and a tin for the money.

A more serious arrangement and a covered stall showing a miscellaneous array of stuff.

A very lovely display of garden plants, and they even offer plastic bags to take your choice home! Little tin on the right to take your money.

Weird vegetables. they claim they are edible. I have no idea…
Little tin in front of the notice for money.

The absolute minimum: four courgettes, paper mentioning the price, and a jam-jar for the money.

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15 responses

29 07 2008
jamesviscosi

I see capitalism is running rampant in the Netherlands! 😀

When I was younger, there used to be a dairy near our house where you would go in, take your milk, leave your money in a pail, and make your own change. I don’t think they do that anymore though …

29 07 2008
Shahrzad

It’s so interesting. We have this way side of shoping in Iran. One is just close to my house and people even cook foods and sell there. Very interesting and you get so many weird things there, from antiques to tabs, eggs, even delicious cakes!
When you come to Iran, sure i will take you there. Once my friend bought a very lovely antique mirror with its candlesticks and they were absolutely gorgeous. (Kind of things you adore) She would get them much more expensive in casual shops.

29 07 2008
Aafke

Nice, James; I’m getting a craving for milk now!

Shahrzad: waw! yes! I love antiques! These stalls are untenanted, you know, I don’t think you want to do that with anitques! 😀
Hmm, even cakes, mmmmmmm!

30 07 2008
Marahm

None of your pictures shows a person standing to receive the money, just a container. Does no one steal? Here in America we have garage sales all the time; people are crazy for them– going to them and holding them. No one would leave their wares unattended however, for fear of theft.

30 07 2008
Aafke

Marahm, I’ve amended my post a bit; the whole point is, there are no people looking after the stalls: they trust everybody to take what they want, put the money in the box, and only take out the change. And as this practice is widespread, and growing in the country-side, apparently people are honest enough!
I wouldn’t try this in a place like Amsterdam though!

30 07 2008
AbuSinan

I used to see this in Europe when I lived there and in a small town here in the USA. In most places in the USA this wouldnt work, the money’d be taken along with the goods. Sad.

30 07 2008
Checkers

That is so cool.

As to your post title. Can you really go shopping for a country if you live in the Netherlands?

30 07 2008
Nevis

Wow, how cool is that? Lovely plants and veggies.

30 07 2008
Rhysz

Can’t be bothered to look up an appropriate post…. Get rid of the Dog !!!!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080730…ArlUJMasWs0NUE

30 07 2008
Tony

We see these stalls in Tasmania sometimes outside farms, it’s nice to know there are still honest people around. Although I wonder how much they lose without payment, or if anyone ever steals the money tin

30 07 2008
Tony

Rhysz – Get rid of the dog!!!
Huh???? I no understand…..

31 07 2008
Lofter

I don’t want any of that other stuff… but I am interested in buying some of those tins… what do I do then? Just leave my money in a vegetable crate, or flower pot? I guess that would work… 😀
Actually, I think it’s wonderful that you live in a society where people can actually do this without being constantly robbed. Truly a blessing. It would never happen like that here – the stuff, the tin, and most like the table, would all be gone in a matter of minutes! Of course, it would all show up later at one of those garage sales Marahm mentioned.

31 07 2008
John Burgess

It used to be the case in Saudi Arabia and Yemen that stalls would be left unattended at prayer time. Even money exchangers would just walk away, with piles of cash sitting on the sidewalks with a stone on top to keep the wind from blowing it away. Things have changed a bit, though…

The ‘weird vegetables’ aren’t very weird in the US. They’re called ‘Pattypan Squash’. By most standards, those on display are past their prime, however, as they’re usually sold (and eaten) when less than half that size.

31 07 2008
Aafke

AbuSinan; I’m quite amazed about it actually! But as the custom is spreading I suppose it works? I buy eggs at a farm this way: one carton of eggs, and the cash in a flowerpot.

Checkers: No you can’t really shop for counyries, but we have hamsandwiches!

Nevis: the plants were my favorite!

Tony, I think now the link from Rhysz means the idiotic ban on pets in KSA 🙂 See the next post!

Lofter: why not pop over to the Netherlands for some tin-shopping! Do you really like those tins? very popular for collecting in Holland; I could send you some… 😀

John! Welcome to my blog! 😀 Thanks for the veggie-information, they sound quite good actually.

1 08 2008
Colloquielle

Stalls like that are quite common in Australia, actually – especially with the market garden communities. Lots of our friends actually have them. We call the little tins for money “honesty boxes”, and in the rural area my parents live in they’re very common and well respected.

Get rid of the dog? I question Rhysz’s sanity sometimes. Ok, most of the time. All right, all right – all of the time… 😀

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