Finding tacky Peruvian trinkets or the stereo-typical pan flute band hasn’t been hard to find in North Texas. There is a couple who sets up shop each holiday season at the Irving Mall in Irving, Texas and at Traders Village (a Malvinas-like flea market full of questionable goods) in nearby Grand Prairie for the remainder of the year. The husband sells the pan flute music he records and the wife sells little wallets, jewelry and purses that she has imported which are primarily sold to lower income Chicanos looking for something other than the tired Mexica souvenir to give. They work quite hard at selling their Peruvian culture in a retail industry that isn’t too kind to small vendors.
Upscale, trendy fashion boutiques are all the rage in Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW) and if a small retailer is going to survive fat wallets are going to be their life preserver. One such Peruvian entrepreneur has filled in the upper income void by setting up a small kiosk at the exclusive Galleria Mall in Dallas. Fashionable Peruvian chullos, jewelry and other goods are sold to upscale Dallasites and tourists who visit the über popular North Texas shopping destination.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have the opportunity to speak with the owner and I probably looked like a “retail spy” taking a random photo of their kiosk…but I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to promote a few good Productos Peruanos and reasonably priced Peruvian fashions for those that may be missing their Tierra Andina. So, if you ever happen to pass through DFW, be sure to visit “Peruvian Crafts” in the Galleria Mall. I’m sure they’ll appreciate the business and a little friendly “Saludo” from home.