Picking up from where we left on the BUYING competition, this week, after looking at the shops typologies through the lens of their presence as physical or digital places, we will question whether there are also other places where we buy things, not purely commmercial in their definition.

1 – A house can become temporarily a place for shopping, by hosting a “yard sale” or “garage sale”, where the owners sell unwanted items in bargain prices. The origins of this form of shopping are back in the 1800 when shipping yards would sell unwanted cargo at a discounted price.

2 – The street also often becomes a usual place for buying/selling, a phenomenon common to people in probably every country in the world that can be traced back to the origins of trading. If you ‘re interested in making some quids yourself by selling on the street, have a read how.

3 – Especially in early modern Europe, street sellers were the principal actors in pre-industrial retailing. This paper elaborates on their activity, and how this affected the general economy.

4 – In Barcelona, street sellers of pirated luxury goods teamed up to create their own label. Entrepreneurship at its best!

5 – Technology also contributes in informal trade, assisting us in finding good bargains near our area or prospected buyers for our unwanted products. Here are the 5 best apps for second-hand shopping.

6 – Pop-up shops – temporary occupations of vacant commercial units – are another type of irregular commercial spaces. This paper looks at how this emerging typology after the recession caused the closures of many high street shop, can be a factor of urban change.

7 – Lastly, what about mobile businesses? After food trucks, mobile clothing trucks have hit the streets. If you loved the idea, click here to learn more.

Are there more alternatives to shops? Can you think of other types of space to host trading activity besides the usual?

Let us know by registering to our current competition!

That’s all for today,