Seasons, Siestas, and Sales…and my shopping experience in Spain

I know this blog is supposed to focus on deals in the Greater Toronto Area, but I thought I would take a moment to write about my shopping (or lack of) while on vacation in Spain last week. As a tourist, I am always excited to browse the souvenvir shops and pick up a few locally made items. A few of my favourites include pottery, art, and photography that I can proudly display in my home. We stayed in the small coastal town of Estepona in the region of Costa Del Sol. While I knew we were traveling in low season, I was very surprised to discover the amount of shops closed for the season or closed for a long siesta period in the afternoon. When I did find an open shop, the items for sale were tacky trinkets reminiscent of items I might see in a dollar store. While I’m not necessarily a supporter of 24 hour shopping, or stores opening at midnight to stampedes of Black Friday shoppers, I do believe that Spain could learn a thing or two from this side of the pond!

On my last day in Spain, I spent an afternoon in the mountain city of Ronda, and was excited to finally find several open stores. I picked up a beautiful scarf for my daughter for only 6 Euros and these beautiful dishes for less than 5 Euros each:

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