We were able to combine a buying trip for the bazaar with a short visit to good friends in Cairo this April. Before you knew it we came across some wonderful product, secured a shipper and had a wonderful selection of goods in transit.
Cairo is a huge city of 24 million people. It is hot, dirty, dusty and very busy, with drivers who seem to have no sense of caution. But within two days the city had grown on us. We quickly figured out how to handle the aggressive style of sales people and before we knew it we were laughing and having a good time trying to do business with them. You definitely have to stand up to them, but once you do, you get to play along with their antics. We really enjoyed our time there and look forward to displaying the product at this year’s bazaar.
We purchased beautiful Egyptian hand blown balls which will be great for the Christmas tree. We also found a wide assortment of recycled glass in clear, royal blue, turquoise and amber which has been made into drinking glasses of various styles, pitchers, candle holders and vases. And lastly we found a modern style of traditional brassware, some copper plated and others silver matted in overhead lights, candleholders in the shapes of mosques and temples. You will have to make sure you see the Egyptian display of these brass lights.