If you’re curious about how gypsies, who travel often manage to earn enough money to fund their lifestyles and travel, simply continue reading to discover how gypsy make money.
How gypsies make money:
1. Selling products which they buy in bulk
Gypsies often sell products which they purchase in bulk for a reduced rate, to travelers. As an example, if you’ve traveled through Europe you may have come across gypsies who tried to sell friendship bracelet style bracelets to international tourists.
So while the price you may pay for an item such as a bracelet or a flower from a gypsy may be relatively expensive, it’s highly likely that the gypsy who sold you the item is making a large markup on the price which they originally paid for the item in question.
2. Providing services such as tarot card reading and palm reading services
While not all gypsies offer such services, a fair amount of gypsies travel from town to town offering tarot card readings and palm reading services. Often gypsies will decorate their caravans with signs which advertise the services which they provide. In the hopes that interested individuals will approach them for a reading.
Sometimes gypsies travel in groups and hold fairs or carnivals in the various cities which they visit, in order to attract customers. Most gypsy fairs and carnivals offer tarot card readings, market stalls, palm readings, and food and drink stalls.
Some gypsies make a living by busking on the street. As an example, you may come across gypsies playing instruments on the streets in large, cosmopolitan cities around the world. While not all gypsies are musically inclined, many gypsy children grow up learning multiple instruments as music is a huge part of traditional gypsy culture!
4. Odd jobs
Like other nomadic travelers, many gypsies also provide for themselves and their families by working odd jobs or seasonal jobs. As an example, gypsies may pick up temporary jobs painting people’s homes or fruit picking at an orchard. Most gypsies are hard working and are willing to pick up new skills in order to earn a living. In fact, some gypsies make a full time living as handymen such as builders, painters, and gardeners.
While it’s common for gypsy men to look for jobs which involve plenty of physical labor, gypsy women more frequently apply for jobs as hairdressers, nail artists and make up artists. As gypsy women as a group take great pride in their appearance and spend countless hours each week on their own hair, makeup and nails.
A small percentage of gypsies take to begging in order to supplement their income and travels. Although of course, the vast majority of gypsies are involved in traditional, paid employment. If you see a gypsy busking on the street it pays to be vigilant as some gypsies who busk on the streets, have plenty of money to survive and simply busk as a lifestyle choice.
So there you have it, five of the main ways that gypsies make money to support themselves and their families!