On the 26th of May, 1988 there was adopted the law that permitted cooperatives to deal with any legal activities, including trade. It was expected that cooperatives would eliminate trade deficit and lead to improved quality of service but what they got was speculation and financial transactions to cash money.
The picture was taken at the “All Union Exhibition of Cooperatives”: clothes for football fans were sold at this stand.
Who knows how many patties were sold?
Such overalls were the main products of many first Soviet cooperatives.
This is a cooperative shop: the women are working at the old sewing machines.
Such jeans were the most fashionable in the 80s.
Fakes of “Mawin” jeans were rather widespread.
These were the sneakers offered by cooperatives.
Artem Tarasov was the founder of the cooperative “Equipment” that offered computers, he became the first legal millionaire in the USSR.