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June 18, 2003
Brick Lane is a market that winds its way up and down many streets branching off Brick Lane in the East End of London. Upon entering the market we were greeted with chants of "Cigarettes, cigarettes for sale" as young men, who later quickly scattered upon seeing the police, competed at selling boxes of American cigarettes. By 11am, the street was littered with boxes, paper, and vegetables, leaving us to wonder what we might have missed in the early hours. We ventured off Brick Lane to find garage sale grunge for sale along side grocery stands selling gourmet cookies, candies and canned foods. We came across an auctioneer selling electronics and appliances in small lots at £5. By late morning, many of the fruit vendors were shouting "£1 bowls!" Tools, small housewares, videos and CDs, toiletries, electronics, and second hand items of all sorts were among the offerings we saw. You need to be willing to roll up your sleeves and watch your step in this market. Brick Lane Market seems to offer less for tourists and more for Londoners needing to find bargain housewares and groceries for their flats.
Brick Lane street does have a number of trendy boutiques bewteen Hanbury and Quaker Streets offering vintage and one of a kind clothing and accessories. Also, In March, a new markets pace opened in the Old Truman Bakery offering a variety of organic and gourmet foods with tasty samples, but get there early as it was virtually empty by 11:30am.
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