Whether you’re a shopaholic or you hit up the mall only when you absolutely have to, pretty much everybody loves a good sale. It’s a special feeling of triumph to buy something you want at a much better price.
Here in Spain (and I assume in most places around the world) they really get that, so much so that they’ve even adopted the Black Friday tradition from my home country, the good ol’ U.S. of A. They just took it on minus the missing quality time with family, minus the camping out for days and minus the trampling over each other for a stupid TV. The Spaniards were smarter than that. Anyway moving on…
Although a lot of Spain does participate in Black Friday, they also have their own ways of offering sales. Rebajas is the Spanish word for “sales” and in Spain the rebajas start nationwide on January 1 and July 1 of every year. They usually last for about two months but by the end of February or August the pickings are really slim. The main goal of the stores is to get rid of the old merchandise and make room for the new. Towards the end of the first month, some stores will even do “segundas rebajas” or “second sales” where they lower the already marked down prices even more.
It’s a two-month long shopping extravaganza and the difference when you go to the stores is a noticeable one. I live in Seville now, and since it’s a big city in the south, people already tend to come here from the surrounding areas to go shopping. Now, during rebajas it’s even worse. The shopping malls and main shopping roads are absolutely packed almost every day, even on a weekday.
Everywhere and in every type of store there are sales on everything from clothing to electronics to glasses. The majority of sales are definitely on the clothing and accessories though, and that’s what you can see in the pictures from this week’s Photo Friday.
So now you know that if you ever find yourself in Spain during the rebajas, you have to leave some extra room in your suitcase so you can take advantage of the sales and go home with a spiced up wardrobe! Your friends will be jealous when they ask where you bought that cute new shirt and the response is, “Oh this thing? I got it in Spain.”