Imagine how active life had to be on ŽydųSstreet, if as many as 500 residents were registered in one of the houses with 50 flats. People lived in crowded spaces but also traded intensively. Up to 50 small shops could be set up in one building, selling everything you could imagine.
Since you are in 19th-century Vilnius, you will be able to fill your basket with matzos, grits and books, as well as fabrics, clothes, grocery, haberdashery, crystal products and other goods. Enter the posament’s workshop to browse around. What is that? If you lived in the 19th century and liked to dress up, you would know that you could buy gilded or silvery-trimmed lace for clothes or furniture.
In the Jewish Quarter, which was called the “Black City” in the 19th century, works of craftsmen were born and different workshops were in operation. Actually, although goods could be luxurious, owners of small shops and workshops could hardly make ends meet. Those who had no shop would trade from a niche in the wall. You can conclude that a lot of buyers came here every day since the public toilet was used by 3,000 people a day.