The embassy organizes a garage sale a few times a year. There are always people coming and going so the people leaving take the opportunity to get rid of their stuff and the new ones get stuff they probably can't get here. George Forman Grills for example. Local employees of the embassy and their friends and family can come also, which means I got to practice my hangling skills, only on the other end.
Since Bronwyn and Chris are leaving in a few weeks to come back to the states before going on to China we had a table loaded with stuff. The people started coming around 9 and by 9:30 we were in the weeds.
The Tunisians shop owners use this bargaining technique that makes it seem like they're giving you the deal of a lifetime. "Okay, for you, ONLY FOR YOU, I'll give it for 10 dinar." When you know that 3 dinar is good enough. They use the same technique in buying as well. "Okay, because I like you, I'll give you 2 dinar for this shirt you paid $100 for." Like they're doing you the biggest favor taking it off your hands. We were hard core sales women.
I don't actually go to garage sales back home - I have enough junk of my own, I don't need other people's junk too - so I don't know if this is standard but Bronwyn heard that in the past people have sold half used toiletries, like shaving cream and shampoo. So she brought some just to see if we could get anything for them. I think we sold almost every one. We even had some bronzer lotion that some women looked like they were seriously considering.
Henry was left in the care of one of the embassy kids. Before he was taken off to the park he was running in front of cars and throwing rocks at people. He's 2. Sam doesn't have the motor skills necessary for throwing things so he got to stick around and looked cute.
Several people asked if he was for sale. Um...no.
On an outrageously different note, I just saw a recipe called White Chocolate Walnut Blondies with Maple Syrup Butter. This is a first - a dessert recipe that actually made me gag a little.