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16 March 2019 / leggypeggy

You can buy a bra in Africa

Bras for sale in Africa

A bra stall in Boauké, the second largest city in the Ivory Coast

Because of limited internet over the coming weeks, I’m going to stick with posting glimpses of West Africa. My long posts with heaps of pics will come later.

So this brief post is in reply to those who commented on my on last post. Given the bumpy, bouncy ride, I said I should have bought a sports bra. Just so you know, you can buy plenty of bras in Africa. I’m just not game to stop and try them on.

P.S. All undies—for men and women—are sold this way.

Bras for sale in Africa

Bras for sale in Yamoussoukro, the capital of the Ivory Coast


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  1. Eat, drink and be Kerry / Mar 16 2019 5:59 pm

    Love it! I would just grab what looks right.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 16 2019 6:46 pm

      Nice idea but I have to try them on.

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      • koolkosherkitchen / Mar 18 2019 2:07 am

        Dear Peggy, this brought to my mind a memory of being taken to a flea market in Odessa by my grandfather and encountering a big burly Georgian (a country, not a state) standing with dozens or bras hanging off his extended arms. As a moderately shy teenager, I sort of whispered, “Do you have size 2?” The man brought both arms forward (bras still hanging off them), almost touched my breasts, and yelled, “You have to try them on, girl!”

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      • leggypeggy / Mar 18 2019 4:54 am

        What a wonderful story. Thanks so much for sharing it here.


  2. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Mar 16 2019 6:14 pm

    Makes for a very original umbrella – and a creative solution to foundation problems.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 16 2019 6:34 pm

      Umbrellas get put to very good use here even when it’s not raining.

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      • Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Mar 16 2019 7:15 pm

        I’m not sure I can imagine you walking around with one of these umbrellas over your head shielding you from the sun – though those hanging bras might be great for keeping away the bugs.

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      • leggypeggy / Mar 17 2019 4:56 am

        Brilliant idea. I may invest in one.

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  3. Andrew Petcher / Mar 16 2019 6:14 pm

    A good range of colours!

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  4. Emma Cownie / Mar 16 2019 6:39 pm

    Fabulous photo!

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  5. Dorothy / Mar 16 2019 7:31 pm

    Even if they had a changing room I would not be game to strip off and try one on there either. I seem to remember the africans not being so shy as us.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 17 2019 4:57 am

      I getting less concerned about stripping off in foreign lands, but still not interested in trying on bras in the street.


  6. a mindful traveler / Mar 16 2019 7:42 pm

    May take a while to find your size there…Lol… 🙂

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  7. fragglerocking / Mar 16 2019 8:26 pm

    Reminds me of jellyfish, super find.

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  8. trE / Mar 16 2019 8:51 pm

    I actually love the frequent brief posts with snippets for description and a few pictures.

    At least you have variety. Get your bra on, Peggy!

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  9. beetleypete / Mar 16 2019 9:09 pm

    I have to say that a few of those look like they might have been ‘previously worn’. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  10. pvcann / Mar 16 2019 10:04 pm

    They have such a different approach, in some areas so moralistic, in others so devoid of shame as we would experience it.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 17 2019 6:55 pm

      In this case, it’s not a case of being devoid of shame. There aren’t department stores with change rooms, just street-side stalls selling everything you can imagine.

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  11. Phil Huston / Mar 16 2019 11:07 pm

    Yeah, but if Delta loses your luggage try to buy a pair of man undies in Catolica, Italy that aren’t all satiny and slippery. Manties. I bought two, my luggage showed up in two days, they didn’t make the ride home. However that cluster of bras was more colorful than what you see walking in the lingerie side of Macy’s.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 17 2019 6:57 pm

      Oh gosh you made me laugh. Pity you didn’t bring the manties home. You could share a pic. Poor John is glad to hear he’s not the only man who has to stroll through the lingerie side of a department store.


  12. nocturne11 / Mar 17 2019 2:07 am

    There’s always that “black duct tape.” As a fellow so “blessed,” I feel your pain!
    N in Omaha

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 17 2019 6:54 pm

      I’m in luck. One of our travelling companions has brought a big roll of duct tape.


  13. Sande Olocho / Mar 17 2019 2:57 am

    This is hilarious! This is banned in some African countries including Kenya. No undergarment flea market.

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  14. Invisibly Me / Mar 17 2019 5:27 am

    That’s certainly different to popping in the shops over here. With lack of changing rooms I guess it’s a case of buy one & hope for the best!

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  15. gerard oosterman / Mar 17 2019 11:18 am

    Make sure they lift as well as separate, Peggy! And no bones either. H always asks for my opinion on that item and even gets me to take it to the cashier after which she will ask; did they fit alright, Gerard?

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 17 2019 6:50 pm

      I prefer the ones with bones, which are really metal and set off the buzzers in airports.

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  16. gerard oosterman / Mar 17 2019 7:51 pm

    I don’t wear bras and would not like bones in my underwear.


  17. dfolstad58 / Mar 18 2019 3:55 am

    I remember bra and panty tables in Italy also, but Never saw any way for a lady to privately check size

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 18 2019 4:55 am

      I didn’t check to see if the labels noted the size. Maybe next time I see a heavily laden umbrella.

      Liked by 1 person

  18. vagabondurges / Mar 19 2019 3:43 am

    I’m just looking forward to the next nature documentary where David Attenborough will tell us all about the life cycle of the West African Bra Jellyfish.

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  19. Curt Mekemson / Mar 20 2019 11:21 am

    Many of the ‘old ma’s’ in Liberia were quite happy to go without. And I have heard lots of definitions of how bumpy the roads are in West Africa, but this is a new one! 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 25 2019 8:34 pm

      Plenty of the old mamas still go without. I don’t want to embarrass my travelling companions.


      • Curt Mekemson / Mar 29 2019 2:47 am

        Laughing, Peggy. There was a story I read some time ago about a woman who would go topless in remote villages. As I recall, she said it caused instant rapport. –Curt

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      • leggypeggy / Mar 29 2019 2:49 am

        Not sure my travelling companions would agree. hahaha
        In Liberia now and not as many bras for sale? Hmm?


  20. jeanleesworld / Apr 3 2019 9:18 pm

    Hee hee! Makes sense to me. I’d rather get a bra this way than from the crazy-techno-in-your-face-PINK world of Victoria’s Secret. 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 18 2019 4:24 am

      I’ve never set foot in a Victoria’s Secret shop, and I haven’t bought a bra off an umbrella either. I did shop for a bra in South America once and gave up when they insisted on selling me one three sizes too small.

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  21. CURIOUStotheMAX / Apr 15 2019 11:14 am

    My first look at your blog was pictures of bare-breasted women. You’ve now taken pictures from the sublime to the ridiculous!

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 18 2019 4:25 am

      I’ve seen plenty more bare-breasted women here, mostly feeding babies. They (mums and bubs) look so serene.


  22. chattykerry / Apr 28 2019 9:07 am

    Those bras look rather nice, Peggy. So sorry I have missed all your posts – they didn’t come through on my feed but I look forward to catching up.

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 30 2019 8:59 pm

      Delighted you’ve been able to drop in. I haven’t looked at my feed for weeks. Mostly because internet has been so erratic.

      Liked by 1 person

      • chattykerry / May 1 2019 12:42 am

        How wonderful to escape from the internet for a while!

        Liked by 1 person

      • leggypeggy / May 4 2019 8:28 am

        Yes, but hard to keep up with a blog. 🙂


  23. raastha / May 13 2019 12:26 am

    Interesting post… colorful indeed 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  24. barkinginthedark / Mar 26 2021 4:15 am

    shoulda, woulda, coulda…o well…continue…,

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