Do you eat cheese in the bath?

You may recall from previous posts that the ladies who sell things often use sophisticated subliminal sales techniques. A prime example of this is the use of lemons to attract customers.

I have now noticed that some of the ladies who sell things are developing more specialized markets that cater for very particular tastes and needs.

On my walk today I saw a shop that sells cheese and bath sponges.

Hmm, I have seen adverts on TV showing ladies eating chocolate in the bath but never realized until now that cheese has a similar allure.

I can only conclude that a sizeable number of people in Tbilisi like to eat cheese in the bath whilst scrubbing their backs with a loofah.

The lady who sells leaves

All the trees in my neighborhood have lost their leaves. I asked the tall person why this has happened and he told me that trees need leaves to catch the sunlight and grow. In winter the trees go to sleep and stop growing so they don’t need their leaves.

Hmm, I have an alternative and much more believable explanation.

On my walk through the neighborhood today I saw a lady carrying a large bag of green leaves. I could see them poking out of the top of the bag.

I asked De what she was doing and she told me that the lady sells leaves.

Ah, now I understand. The lady climbs trees and takes all of the leaves. She must be a very good climber because some of the trees in my neighborhood are very tall.

Perhaps people buy the green leaves because they want to be reminded of summer.

Anyway, the lady who sells leaves has been very thorough because there aren’t any leaves left on the trees in my neighborhood.

P.S. I hope the trees don’t get cold without their leaves.

The lady who shines things

Have you ever picked up an apple and admired its glossy shine and wondered how it acquired its beautiful waxy sheen? I know I have.

I asked the tall person about this and he said that apples are not naturally shiny so they must undergo some type of process after they are picked.

I parked the thought in the back of mind and yesterday I stumbled upon the answer.

At first I thought that the lady in the picture was one of the ladies who sell things but in fact she is a lady who shines things.

I watched her for a while and noticed that she took apples from one bucket and lovingly polished each one before placing them carefully in another bucket.

By chance I had discovered the secret of shiny apples.

So the next time you pick up a beautiful glossy apple in the supermarket there will be no need for you to ponder on how it acquired its waxy sheen – you will know that it has been hand polished by the lady who shines things.

Safety first ladies!

I saw another lady who sells things today and was concerned to see that her mobile shop was dangerously overloaded with apples and mandarins.

You can see from the picture that the wheels are leaning in a very precarious way.

Hmm, I doubt if these mobile shops are subject to vehicle safety inspections.

I am worried that the ladies who sell things might hurt themselves if a wheel fell off or an axle broke.

I have an idea that might help them.

There are lots of mechanics in Car Street in my neighborhood.

I am sure they could fix and service these mobile shops and issue an inspection decal or sticker to show that they are road-worthy.

Safety first, ladies who sell things!

The prayer diet

You may know that I am a huge admirer of the ladies who sell things. I see many of them on my walks and have had lots of opportunities to observe their sales techniques.

The ladies who sell things are very clever and use a range of subliminal techniques to increase their sales – you may recall my investigative stories about the use of lemons to attract customers.

A couple of days ago I noticed another subliminal sales technique that exploits two very powerful aspects of Georgian life – religion and food.

The lady in the picture is selling beeswax candles. Candles are sold everywhere in Georgia and are used for prayer and religious devotion.

What may not be immediately noticeable in the picture is the weighing machine.

Georgian food is especially delicious and it is not difficult to put on an extra kilo or two or three!

Perhaps this lady who sells things has realised that people who are concerned about their weight sometimes ask for divine intervention to support their diet.  

I can imagine the conversation. Your friend wants to lose 10 kilos? Then you will need two large candles and five small ones.

Babies complain of shortage of transport!

I rarely see babies in prams or pushchairs – most of the babies I see are carried by their mother or father. I think I know why.

You may have noticed in previous posts that the ladies who sell things often have mobile shops made from skillfully converted prams and pushchairs.

I saw several today.

This lady is selling cloves of garlic.

Anyway, I suspect that there is such a high demand for converted prams and pushchairs that there are very few unconverted ones left for babies.

Perhaps there is a big factory somewhere that makes these conversions and supplies them to the ladies who sell things.

Hmm, I wonder if babies here learn to walk earlier than babies in other countries.

Brushes but no lemons?

My neighborhood is well served by travelling salesmen and women. Their main product appears to be brushes, which might explain why the streets in my neighborhood are so clean.

So far I have not seen a lady who sells brushes and lemons so it would appear that brushes sell well without the need for additional enticement. 

You may remember that I discovered that lemons are irresistible to Georgians and are often used by ladies who sell things to lure customers to their mobile shops. 

On our walk through our neighborhood today we saw a lady who sells brushes. In fact, she had just made a sale and was waiting for the lady of the house to return with money.

The average price for one of these traditional handmade brushes is 4-5 Lari, which is about two and a half US dollars.

The tall person likes the handmade brushes and we have a number of them in our house. I like chewing them so we tend to buy them frequently!

I am beginning to think that the ladies who sell brushes spray them with something that is irresistable to dogs so that they are chewed and have to be replaced often, increasing their sales and profit.

I have huge respect for the ladies who sell things. I think they are very clever businesswomen.

The tool persons market

The title of this post does not contain a spelling mistake and is not meant to say ‘The tall persons market’. I shall explain.

 A pipe connecting the bath to the water supply had been dripping for some time, creating a puddle in front of the bath. This was very convenient for me as I often stopped by if I was feeling thirsty – no need to make the long trek to my water bowl in the hall.

However, the tall person decided that having a puddle on the bathroom floor was not a good idea, especially when he stepped in it and got his slippers wet. De had also noticed wet paw prints around the house and was not amused. So, the tall person investigated and located the leaky connection. Unfortunately, he didn’t have the right tool to fix it so he announced that he would go to the tool market to buy one.

The tall person likes the tool persons market. He says that you can get anything there – construction and plumbing supplies, compressors, generators, welders, screws, nails, wood and tools, tools, tools.

The tool market is huge and like many of Tbilisi’s markets is a labyrinth of narrow alleys packed with stalls. The tall person says that it is a DIY paradise!

He likes the second hand tools very much. He says that if they have lasted for 30 or 40 years or more then they must be good!

The tool market is a very colorful place with lots of colorful characters. In this picture several of the market’s colorful characters are playing backgammon whilst they wait for customers.

Backgammon is very popular with Georgian men, especially market people and taxi drivers waiting in taxi ranks for customers and older men who like to sit in the shade in summer and pass the hours playing backgammon with other older men.

You will know by now that wherever there is a market there are also ladies who sell things.

The tall person saw a lady who has a multi-storey mobile shop that was packed with things to tempt the market people.

He also saw a lady that appeared to have a whole department store on wheels! There was also a lady who sells Turkish coffee but I think her customer is a little young to be needing stimulants!

Anyway, the tall person found the tool he wanted and came home and fixed the leaking pipe, which removed my alternative water source and I now have to walk all the way to my water bowl in the hall for a drink! 

You wanted proof?

A little while ago I published my theory about lemons and their importance to the small business entrepreneur. You may remember that I highlighted the frequent instances of lemons being sold alongside apparently unrelated other goods, such as hats and scarves and gloves.

I suggested that this was a new and innovative marketing ploy, with lemons as the lure.

Several readers disagreed with my theory and suggested that there is a connection between lemons and winter clothing because lemons are traditionally used in hot drinks to help people suffering from colds. I thought about this and it made sense.


Today, I saw a lady who sells plastic bags and……lemons. As far as I know there is no connection between plastic bags and cold weather and there are far too many plastic bags for customers who buy the lady’s lemons.

Conclusive proof of the allure of lemons in the retail sector.

I rest my case.

Here is the link to my earlier post: