I wrote this diddy back on Nov 26, 2006. I was reminded of it while getting my haircut this weekend.
I've been going to the same barber shop for like 12 years or so, It's a great neighborhood, family owned shop where the beauty of the DC area can be seen. You sit in the shop on any given Saturday and you're likely to be offered anything from anyone. People come in selling sandwiches to cases of iced tea. You need the latest bootleg CD no problem, smell good oils or even socks. Everyone there has a hustle even the barbers sell energy juice and run part time travel businesses. Long story short it's a great place to spend a Saturday morning, everyone is happy and you never know what kind of deal will be walking thru the door.
This last Saturday I was waiting to get my haircut (1.5 hour wait) and this lady walked in with a bag. She began to do a semi fashion show of clothing she was selling. Now I used to sell bootleg stuff myself so I know it when I see it. Plus her Gucci fanny pack was a dead give away. I was just amazed that she went from the barbershop to the beauty salon next door to show off what best could be described as a doggie coat. Then she came back to offer the men in the shop some jewelry. The kicker about this whole scene is that she made a couple sales including several via credit card. She pulled a credit card machine out of her bag and hooked it up the barbershop telephone. I've never seen anything like it. I mean who carries a credit card machine around? My hats off to this lady she is my hustler of the week!!!
Earlier this year my barber moved to a different shop. So this past saturday I was in this new barber shop (You just can't let anyone cut your hair, I'd follow my barber anywhere) and 1 dude comes in selling DVD's and another dude came in selling dress shoes. Who the hell buys dress shoes while waiting to get a hair cut? And dude selling the shoes had on some Ferragamo's... you got on $300 shoes on and you trying to sell me some bootleg $40 ones? Even one of the barbers said "what happened to people selling CD's and socks?"