Finally, our product hunt took us to El Viejo Mercado. The Masaya handcraft market. Aka Nicaragua’s handmade item Mecca. This was the market we had been waiting for. We were eager to talk to the people in Masaya who actually made the items sold throughout Nicaragua. We didn’t know exactly what to expect, but we were ready for anything. When we pulled up to the market, we were both in awe. The outside of the market looked like a beautiful old castle. Quite different from the Nicaraguan markets we were used to seeing with sheet metal rooftops and street vendors everywhere.
We walked through one of the large arches, into the large outdoor market and were instantly surrounded by hundreds of colorful trinkets. Bags, hammocks and scarves were hung from the ceiling, which made the ceiling feel much lower to us tall people.
The oil and acrylic paintings were absolutely beautiful with lots of color and texture. They were all made by local artists.
My favorite items in the clothing section, by far, were the leather woven canvas shoes. Each pair was unique with different colors and patterns. They were so comfy and cute I was already planning which outfits I would wear them with while I was trying them on!