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Street Vendors With Carts in Turkey

All through the streets of many countries, people have found a way to make a living by selling food and other goods on movable carts that are set up in the sidewalk like little mobile shops.

I think this is the perfect way to run a subsistence business. Just a cart, goods, and a man to operate it all. Nothing more, nothing less. These little vending stations probably cost little to start up, as they are just a cart with two wheels and a flat surface for goods to be stacked upon, and there are apparently little overhead costs except for maybe government permit fees or mafia dues.

It seems as if these mobile carts can provide a person with a shop without many of the drawbacks or overhead necessities:

  • They don’t have to pay rent, because they are not functioning out of a building.
  • No worries about location, as if business is not good you can just roll your way to another street.
  • No customer visibility factors, as these carts are plopped in the middle of sidewalks in everybody’s way. It is virtually impossible not to notice the goods for sale at these two wheeled vending stations.
  • They can sell items cheaper than at the shops.

I have often admired the smart set ups of street vendors wherever I have traveled: from under-the-bridge night time noodle stalls in Japan to the papoosa cookers of Central America. If I ever get the impetus to be a shop owner, I will surely build myself one of these little carts and wheel my way around town, selling whatever weird thing it is that I find to sell.

Who needs a store when you have a street?
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Wade from Vagabond Journey.com
in Istanbul, Turkey- March 2, 2009
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Photos of vending carts in Istanbul


A water cart. This is a little different because the water shippers respond to house-calls and are not really selling in the streets.


Mobile vendor selling chestnuts and taking a nap.


Sidewalk shoeshiner and kid with a vending cart.


Books being sold on a cart in Istanbul.


Cart shipping, collecting, or selling metal furnishings.


Kid roasting chestnuts on a mobile cooking cart.


Mobile chestnut roasting cart.


Street vendor selling Turkish bagels which are called simit.

I m unsure of how closely my fairy tale notions of mobile street vendors suits the reality. Perhaps I will find out.

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Street Vendors With Carts in Turkey

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 76 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3048 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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