Treasure hunt at Bodega de Sorpresas: special Christmas sale

By Jade Arroyo

The Bodega de Sorpresas is a kind of thrift store/flea market held every Thursday at the Biblioteca de San Miguel de Allende (Insurgentes 25), with all sorts of trinkets. All the income derived from the sales goes directly to the scholarship fund of the Biblioteca. Through out the months of the year –before hitting December – the volunteers select the best items from every donation and put them away until the special sale before Christmas. The time has come for all those things to see the light again: next Saturday, December 8, there will be the special Bodega de Sorpresas sale, from 10am-1pm. Come early!

This is a great chance to find little gifts for friends filled with personality –you definitely won’t find them in a store- and at really bargain prices. Also, this is a great spot for book lovers; the smell of old books is just irresistible. You can find fantastic editions at very low prices, from 10 pesos to 50. Here you can see shoppers of all ages and nationalities. Now the “vintage” is very fashionable, so you can see trendy girls going through the hats and belts. Actors, performers and costum-party goers often shop here.
The Bodega de Sorpresas,  as we know it today, is an institution. It was created in 1975 by Fleta McFarland. The current volunteers are four Mexican ladies: Pilar Llanillo, Marisa Estrada, Chela Andrade y Cristina Corona. Currently, the one that has the longer time involved is Pilar. She recalls that through the years the most valuable arrival was an engraving by Anguiano, which got sold for a nice sum of cash. They gave a little scoop of what the sale is going to have this year: nice pottery, jewelry, glassware, select items of clothing and other things. The volunteers would like to thank all the San Miguel community to their kindly donations and encourage them to keep helping young people through the Biblioteca’s scholarships, to visit the facility and see for themselves the work that’s done here.The lives of these kids are just like a book about to be opened.


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