In Oradea, a lot of shops are up a small flight of steps. During my first visit here I recall being very surprised by this; it isn’t very often that you see a shop with its own entrance steps in the UK. I’m not sure about other Romanian cities…but Oradea is absolutely brimming with shops like this. What really caught my eye regarding these steps was the fact that most retailers use this extra space to showcase their goods. It is a good idea to attract potential buyers, but in a country where theft is a primary concern to shop owners, it seems quite a daring advertising tactic. Concerns aside though, it does add a lot of colour and diversity to your average stroll down the high street.
Clothes retailers in Oradea really love their mannequins. Some shops are just full of them, inside and out. In England it is unusual to see mannequins stood outside of shop windows, but here it seems very common. What makes this especially creepy, however, is that the shop owners often stand outside of their shops too – talking on the phone, or just getting some fresh air. These instances make it hard for members of the passing public to distinguish man from mannequin, which often results in small moments of shock and embarrassment – when the ‘mannequin’ you have been staring at as you approach, suddenly starts to move or talk.
- Photos: The Mannequins Of Tehran (payvand.com)