They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. If that’s true, this Havana antique market is a gold mine.
Where else can you buy an antique Bible, a Beatles album, and a Spanish copy of “100 Years of Solitude” in one place?
What looks like a casual stamp collection turns out to be a collection of stamps dating as far back as before World War I. Included are stamps from The Republic of German-Austria, Yugoslavia, Russia, Denmark, Luxemburg, New Zealand, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Romania, Australia, and, of course, Cuba.
Before the Revolution, Cuba boasted hotels and casinos larger than Las Vegas. Today, curious buyers can get their hands on rare casino chips from that era.
Baseball is the national pastime in Cuba and people of all ages play and watch it. Baseball cards are of great value and are not often found for sale in Havana.
Vintage cameras like these are commonly seen in Cuba. Sellers claim they still work like new.
The Cuban cigar is world-renowned but most Cubans are unable to afford them. However, where cigar collections are rare you will find cigar label collections instead.
Pre-Revolution money, most of which is of no use today, can still be found circulating around the country. Shop owners sometimes slip these bills to unsuspecting tourists as change.
Cuba is known for its 60,000 antique cars that are still being used today. The license plates are seen as a novelty among tourists and can be found for sale. Watch out for replicas, though!
Books about the Revolution and its leaders, such as Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, are a dime a dozen. They’ve been written for both children and adults. These are found in schools, stores, and markets all over the country.
Collections of antique books are still used by the people of Cuba. For book lovers visiting the country, it’s a small taste of heaven.