National Geographic : 1951 Aug
$_tt Dry-goods Sale Starts a Bargain-counter Rush in Kumasi An African world's fair in minia ture is the Kumasi central market. Here the shopper can find all the petty trade goods of the Gold Coast -combs, matches, tin funnels, bright beads, oil lamps, miscellane ous hardware and junk; as well as cheap khaki shirts and shorts turned out by male tailors hunched over sewing machines. One colorful sec tion contains the cotton-prints mar ket (page 273). Some West Africans wear home spun blue-and-white cotton, but '' many prefer Europe's brighter, scarcer, and costlier prints, usually " sold in 12-yard pieces. When a trading company offers such a lot, word of mouth quickly spreads the news, and bargain hunters gather by the thousands. Barefoot specu lators, usually the first on the scene, snap up what they can, hoping to jack up prices several times. . This buyers' queue waited outside the United Africa Company's store. Impatient customers, trying to cut into line, were chased away by police brandishing billies. Specta tors, indifferent to the few cars and . trucks, jaywalked across the street.