Buyers of textiles in Venezuela can be faced with a range of dilemmas when buying their wares.
Some shops in the capital Caracas are closed for up to seven days a week, meaning many can only stock the best-priced wares from overseas and at a premium.
In contrast, many textile shops are open to the public for only a few hours a day.
But even the most experienced textile-seller can struggle to find bargains.
We’ve rounded up the best bargains you can find in Venezuela.
READ MORE: Venezuelan textile industry faces crisis – Simon Marrero Read moreSimon Marrero is a textile consultant who is based in Caracas.
He has a master’s degree in textile research and has been working with textile companies in Venezuela for years.
“Most of the textile shops I work with don’t have a lot of money to buy,” he says.
“It’s not easy to find the best clothes.
You have to look for good deals and you have to know what you’re looking for before you buy it.”
Some of the best bargain bargains are found in the city’s textile district, where buyers can browse through hundreds of different types of wares and find something to suit every budget.
The best bargain for him is the best deal he can find for the same item.
“We buy in bulk and sell it on site,” he explains.
“Sometimes, we buy two garments at the same time and we can resell it at a higher price.
This way, we make extra money on each garment.”
Marrero also has a good idea of what a quality textile can cost.
“You can get a textile at a good price for a good quality product,” he said.
“The main thing is that you need to buy the best quality product.”
While most textile shops sell their waives online, there are also specialist textile shops in Caracol, where you can browse and buy the most expensive garments.
There are also local textile shops selling textiles, such as the famous Todos Ceniz and El Pintor textile shops, in the centre of the city.
“Some of the local textile shop owners are very good and know the material they sell,” Marrero says.
The quality of a textile is always a consideration when choosing a textile.
Marrero uses the example of a man who was very good at sewing clothes but had a hard time finding the best fabrics for his needs.
“So I told him to buy a cheap cotton fabric and sew it into his shirt,” he recalls.
“But that only lasted a few months.”
The next day, he asked for a more expensive cotton fabric that he could sew on and on and so on, until he had to ask for another shirt.
“That’s how bad it is,” Marrano says.
There’s also a special class of textile shop where you get to try on a particular garment, so you can get an idea of how a garment will look before buying it.
Marrano has used this opportunity to try out a variety of fabrics.
He says that the fabric he chose for his shirts was an extremely soft cotton that had been washed by hand and then dried.
It looked great, but he was not able to get the perfect fit.
“My shirt ended up looking really bad, so I gave up,” he admits.
Marranos best bargain for him was a cheap shirt.
The fabric he was after was a linen fabric that was not particularly hard and durable.
It was more expensive than the one he was looking for, but Marrero was able to find a good deal on a good fabric.
“If you’re buying a good linen fabric, you can save money and you can buy a fabric that is better than the linen fabric,” he explained.
“There are textile shops that sell linen fabrics for under $20.
Marroese’s best buy is a linen shirt that he found on the street. “
When you buy linen fabrics, it’s important that you buy them with care because the linen fibers are extremely fragile and can break easily,” he added.
Marroese’s best buy is a linen shirt that he found on the street.
It is made of cotton and has a stretchy waistband, so the shirt is comfortable and the material is not too heavy.
The shirt is also very stretchy, so Marrero can wear it for hours on end.
Marrenos best buy for him would have been a cotton shirt, but the fabric wasn’t very stretchable.
“I would have needed to try some other fabrics,” he admitted.
“After I had tried some other cotton fabrics, I found the linen shirt was too stretchy and didn’t fit me well.”
But Marrero’s biggest buy came from a local tailor.
He was able not only to get a good shirt for under about $25, he was able also to get one with a stretchier waistband that fit him.
“He made the shirt to