The 7 Weirdest Things For Sale at Cusco’s Baratio Flea Market

Cusco is an interesting city….It’s population has nearly doubled over the last decade (think about that mind boggling stat for a second) and boasts a beautiful historic city center, emanating from the Plaza de Armas, where many prominent Incas were executed by the Conquistadores in the 1500’s. But it’s the the commerce-driven outskirts that truly represent the sprawl of Cusco. When i say “commerce-driven”, what i really mean, is that people are selling EVERYTHING, often times aggressively and there is no better example of this commercial cesspool than the Baratio market on Saturday mornings.

Here is "manta alley" where some of the most beautifully woven textiles are sold. It's one of the most comfortable walkways of the market.
Here is “manta alley” where some of the most beautifully woven textiles are sold. It’s one of the most comfortable walkways of the market.

 

Thousands of vendors line narrow streets, up and down hills with everything from textiles and jewelry to auto parts, toys and food…lots and lots of food. Everything is squeezed together and these vendors have some of the most random items for sale you could ever imagine. I spent a fine little Saturday morning at the Baratio tagging along with some friends buying household items while i looked for gifts and souvenirs. But at every corner, there were amusing items skewed from weird to weirder. Here’s a list of 7 that stood out:

7. A remote control for every TV I’ve ever owned:

A remote control for every TV i've ever owned
My days of trying to find the right code to program my universal remote are over!

 

6. This fax machine:

This fax machine.
To be fair, i also would’ve laughed at a printer.

5. This hat that says “I Love Haters”:

This hat that says "I Love Haters"
Cause that’s just bullshit…Noone loves haters. I feel like wearing this thing is the biggest sign of insecurity…it might as well say “Haters Make Me Uncomfortable”…But that might not fit….

 

4. Drew Barrymore in Never Been Kissed….in Spanish….on VHS:

Drew Barrymore in Never Been Kissed...in Spanish....on VHS.
God i love Drew Barrymore. She’s just the cutest, no matter what language she’s speaking.

 

3. Freaky dolls…Lots of freaky dolls:

Freaky dolls...lots of freaky dolls.
Is there a better way to traumatize your child during their formative years?

 

2. A down jacket on an inappropriate mannequin:

This down jacket on an inappropriate mannequin.
This is the definition of weird and was out in the open for all to see…

1. Finally, my favorite…A gooey donkey head:

This donkey head.
Perfect for making donkey head soup? Or donkey head goo tea? And what’s that bag of stuff next to it…sauce i presume?
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