Pacas are the place to shop for cheap clothing in Central America
A paca is kind of like a scene in a movie where a car is parked in a bad urban area and is quickly stripped of all of its pieces by the locals in fast motion while the owner goes for a stroll around the block. But, in this instance, a paca is a place where extremely cheap used clothes are rapidly carted away rather than car parts.
A paca is a cheap used clothing market that opens temporarily whenever there is a load of merchandise to sell. The clothes are probably donations from the USA meant to be given to the poor of Central America that were capitalized upon en-route.
A few days before a paca there will be a sign in the street advertising it — Paca here tomorrow — and on the specified day a disused storefront will momentarily thrive with commerce. Pacas usually stay open until most of the stock has been picked cleaned to its bare bone carcass.
For at a paca there is often one set price for everything, it is usually well under 1 USD. Get what you can while it is still there, or you may find only purple stretch pants with pee stains on them to purchase.
I watch my wife dig through the racks and boxes of clothing at a paca in Puerto Barrios, her foraging instinct being satiated in full force. The spoils of a paca go to the first grabber.
Photos of a paca
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