His parents traveled the world and took young lance with them, he has lived in most countries in Europe also in China, Japan, Argentina and Brazil.
When he was in his teens he found that he could make money buying goods in one area and selling them when his parents moved.
When he was on his own he continued to buy and sell things that are hard to find. Recently getting into strange items after finding a strange antique pin.
He finds himself in (city) with limited resources due to a bad deal.