If you see a Panamanian woman and wonder what she likes to do in her spare time, the best thing you can do is ask her if she knows about any handbags for sale. It is a known fact that all Panamanian women, at some point in their life, have sold handbags or hair products out of their bedroom.
Many people associate selling handbags from your bedroom or trunk with stolen goods, but for Panamanians, it makes a statement that they are fashionable and they have access to a place like Miami and Las Vegas. It is also important that these “ventas” are “100% original” and “piezas unicas” so to distinguish the high class salesmen from the little illegal handbag shops in the ghetto.
One nice thing about selling handbags is that it allows Panamanians to take pictures of themselves in the mirror (with the merchandise) then upload the pictures to Facebook. However this industry might be dying a little bit with the Free Trade Agreement now in place.