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Thread: TRIP OF A LIFETIME! FABRIC TRADE?

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    I would check with customs before taking fabric anywhere. There may be duties you'll have to apy and it may not be worth it.Just a suggestion.

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    God Speed. Will keep you and family in our prayers. Enjoy your trip and take lots of pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by debbie17
    I will be traveling to Egypt, Jordan, and Israel. Leaving on July 8th. So of course I will be looking for fabric!!!!! I would be willing to take some of my own from the states and trade. Does anyone have any suggestions or have you ever done this. I can't wait!!! This is a trip of a life time for my daughter and myself.
    I don't know if it's still this way, but the Egyptians are always looking for glass bugle beads. I remember back in the day (this was over 20 years ago) my bellydancing teacher told me you could go to Egypt with a few kilos of beads and have a family of women string them into a costume for basically the price of a few loaves of bread. If you have the room/weight to take beads to trade, you may do very well. (and you can get these kinds of beads by the kilo in the bead district in Manhattan - I don't know where else, or where you're from)

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    Quote Originally Posted by debbie17
    THANKS YOU SO MUCH. AND PRAYERS WOULD ALSO HELP
    You will have my prayers for a safe and wonderful trip!!

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    The Israelis always have incredible quilts at International so they must have great fabric stores or at the outdoor stands.
    There prices are much higher than ours or were last year.$18.-22. per metre. We went on to China and found fantastic fabrics, left my clothes and filled my suitcases with fabric, cashmere sweaters, silk undies and wore my pearls back and went right thru customs. Even their prices are higher now. It was fairly safe, we had guards on the buses but they were nice and chatted with us. Have a ball and God speed.

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    since they measure in metres, do they even have fats there? they don't even have our yards. better check.

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    Make sure that you go to Petra! It is amazing.

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    I was in Israel a few years ago and I was SO glad I started taking probiotic tablets a week before and continued to take them twice a day while in the middle east. I was the only one in our group that did not get any kind of intestinal problem. In Norway we have pills called Idoform.

    When you barter for things remember that the real barter begins when you get them down to 50% of the price! It is after that the fun begins. Don't show the palm of your hand (as in the gesture for stop) or the sole of your shoe in Arab establishments. If you enter an Arab store "and accept the offer of a cup of tea" you are EXPECTED TO BUY SOMETHING!

    Some of the best deals may be on spices that are really expensive here. Saffron, cardamom, nutmeg etc is a great price there. Be sure to seal them in a plastic container or jar in your suitcase. Plastic bags don't hold in the aroma.

    Take your wet wipes, tissue packs (to use as toilet tissue), antiseptic gel for toilets and your hands after... Be sure to pack anti-diarrhea meds- (Imodium) as well as anti-nausea meds, anti-itch creams. Health care and drug stores in Israel - very good.. Egypt, not so good, Jordan, I have no idea.

    The biggest risk factor is not drinking enough water! :thumbdown: 1 liter/ hour is a necessity, if you wait until you feel thirsty it is too late! Don't under estimate the impact of dehydration.

    Geeze, I feel like a worry wart, but these are little things that can make a real difference in having a good time.

    Hugs

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    When I travelled and bought things, I would send them back to a friend in my home town, marked gift, to avoid duties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainy Day
    When I travelled and bought things, I would send them back to a friend in my home town, marked gift, to avoid duties.
    VERY GOOD IDEA!

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    Have fun and enjoy your trip

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    Wow I am green with envy :mrgreen: I have heard they have beautiful fabric there. God bless. Penny

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