The Brazilians are an entrepreneurial lot. It seems anyone with an idea can start work on the street. One phenomena that’s interesting is the street vendor.
I’m not talking those people that open shop along the street in a stand, although they do here. I’m referring to the ones that roam the roads with goods. And a rather odd assortment at that.
Sure, drinks and snacks make sense if you’re stuck in traffic. But if the street is busy enough, you can buy all sorts of other stuff like umbrellas, fruit, cell phone chargers, crappy toys that light up and/or spin…
Yesterday as we were stopped in traffic, a guy tried to sell us some windshield wipers. Now, we actually need windshield wipers, but you don’t really know what you’re getting when it’s coming out of a black plastic bag in the middle of road. I don’t know if the guy saw the shabby state our wipers were in, or if he recognized a spark of possibility in my husband’s eyes, but he hung out during an entire red light trying to haggle. Just know, you can negotiate with the street vendors. This particular one started at R$30 for a pair of wipers and was down to R$20 by the time the light changed.
We didn’t go for it. But I won’t be worrying about snack and water in the car anymore when in a pinch, I can just open my window and purchase.