Bales, bags and bundles!

Waiting for the bundles to be opened

Waiting for the bundles to be opened

If you’ve read previous postings, you know what ropas are (stores selling used clothing and bedding from the US at garage sale prices).  This photo was taken in a ropa in San Rafael, Heredia just before the towering pile – in this case, bedding – was dumped into a waiting piscina (pool).  Piscinas are large areas with low walls/boards that help contain the piles of clothing or bedding – sort of like a huge sandbox.  As the bags are dumped, someone is alerting you on a microphone.  Most ropas have someone talking into a hand held microphone the whole time you are in the store.  The salesclerks have become so adept at their “voice over,” that they can check you out at the cash register without stopping their spiel.  Multi-tasking perfected?!

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