The Street Hawker

About The Street Hawker

A hawker is a vendor of merchandise that can be easily transported; the term is roughly synonymous with peddler or costermonger.

In most places where the term is used, a hawker sells inexpensive items, handicrafts or food items. Whether stationary or mobile, hawkers often advertise by loud street cries or chants, and conduct banter with customers, so to attract attention and enhance sales. When accompanied by a demonstration and/or detailed explanation of the product, the hawker is sometimes referred to as a demonstrator or pitchman.