Fuggi jaay. That’s an important word to learn when you move to Dakar. It literally means to shake something out (fuggi) and then to sell it (jaay). And it refers to a daily market that travels around the city selling used clothing that vendors purchase in large bundles. They cut open the bundles, shake out the clothes, then sell them.
And if a morning trip to the fuggi jaay doesn’t sound like fun date to you, well you’d be flat wrong. 🙂
Yesterday was a great morning for the fuggi jaay. Sunny but not hot. Busy but not crowded. Between haggling and joking around with vendors, Cheikh got breakfast: a steaming cup of café touba and a bag of fresh beignets.
The pricing system for the shake-n-sell is rather brilliant. Clothes piled on the ground are the cheapest, usually about 100 to 300cfa (under 50 cents). Clothes folded in stack on tables are around 500cfa ($1) and clothes on hangers are about 1,500cfa ($3) and up. Nicer, name brand stuff with tags may be as much as 4,000cfa ($8). It’s like rip-off prevention for toubabs. No price tags, but you still have a pretty good idea of what things should cost.
Two hours later, we left with a couple flimsy baggies stuffed with “treasures”.
2 pairs of linen blend pants: 500cfa ($1) each
6 cotton tops: 100cfa (20 cents) each. These were the bargain du jour! Ann Taylor, American Eagle, Marks & Spencer…
1 newsboy cap from Baby Gap: 700cfa ($1.50). A Senegalese friend said I overpaid, but I think it was worth every franc.