When I moved to Merida in the old Jeep I learned one can not pull a U-haul across the border. At the border you will be scalped. So I left all my treasures in Texas at my cousin´s house for safe keeping.  I never saw that stuff again but what I did discover was more important. In no time flat you can fill a house full of stuff. Then you can rent an apartment next door and fill that floor to ceiling with crap too if you are not very careful. After 15 years it seems there´s less stuff to buy and it cost more than it did when you were the only gringo on the block that wanted a 3 legged chair or headless saint. But now the shopping is better in town and for tourists there are diversions.  Calle 55 is the place to browse and Coqui Coqui is the anchor.  The antique shops are fun if your expectations are low.  I love the shops that sell crafts from Chiapas.  The Mercado Lucas de Galvez is full of fabulous junk and photo ops. The ladies dress shops are nicer than the mens shirt shops but almost everyone should go home with a Jipijapa straw hat or two. Below I´ll be posting Where to shop for What and you know Why…