Street Vendors Income: Making Bank or Bare Minimum?

How much do you think this guy makes each day? Maybe a $100 or $200 or $1,000?

I often wonder street vendor income, as I don’t see that many people buying from them, but they are still out there every day.

Do you buy from them? If so, when and what do you get? Do you have a preferred vendor? A standard staple?

And do you think street vendors make a decent living from your largess?

6 Comments so far

  1. jaja (unregistered) on March 14th, 2007 @ 5:37 pm

    I’ve bought a wool beret before. Outside a downtown metro. It was amazingly low quality but for $5 I was not surprised. And Mentos. I bought Mentos this week for $.75. I guess my contribution won’t be paying anyone’s bills!


  2. John (unregistered) on March 14th, 2007 @ 6:30 pm

    I have bought occasional hot dogs or sausages, but that is all. With so many people passing through the downtown and Mall areas, there must be enough customers to make a living.


  3. Mike (unregistered) on March 14th, 2007 @ 8:03 pm

    The last thing I bought from one was a “soft” pretzel. I had just brought a friend through the Holocaust Museum and was starving. The $2 “soft” pretzel was the consistency of formica.


  4. darpino (unregistered) on March 15th, 2007 @ 1:14 am

    There used to be a tie guy outside of Farragut West Metro. I bought a million ties from him over the years. 3 for $10 – nice quality too.


  5. Mike (unregistered) on March 15th, 2007 @ 10:22 am

    I can see the vendors selling clothing, sunglasses, T-shirts, etc. making money. Also the hot food carts. But I wonder about the small fruit stand that, for example, sells bananas for 25 cents each. The guy could sell every fruit on his table, and still not make enough to pay for parking. I don’t see how he gets by.


  6. Dan Miller (unregistered) on March 16th, 2007 @ 10:48 am

    The food from vendors not near the Mall is often amazingly cheap. For example, a half smoke, bag of chips and soda costs $2.25 from the stand by the Eastern Market metro–lunch for less than a cup of coffee. I have no idea how she stays in business (and I have no desire to know what goes into those half smokes).



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