Hello! We're Suze and Richie, owners of Balkan Bazaar, and we welcome you to our website. In the spring we're often in Sofia, Bulgaria replenishing our stock of ethnic treasures. When we're at home in Greensboro, NC, we're often packing our big van with wonderful folk items from Bulgaria, the Balkans, and beyond, to travel to a festival or folk dance workshop.
Happy New Year 2017! Честита Нова Година! We enjoyed seeing many of you during 2016 at EEFC's Balkan Music & Dance Workshop - an entire week of dancing, singing, playing music, and SHOPPING at Balkan Bazaar! Then there was the exciting World Village dance workshop over Labor Day weekend, and a peaceful Mountain Playshop in Black Mountain NC. We finished the season with a huge shop at Texas Camp over Thanksgiving weekend.
Where’s the shop? We don't have a store in a real building. We travel to folk dance camps and festivals to build the shop with both contemporary and vintage Balkan folk wares. It's easier for us to set up a real shop than to manipulate the website, so it's best to experience Balkan Bazaar at an event. We offer a treasure trove of folky things - there's lots to look through, but not everything we sell is listed here.
We're glad to make an appointment if you want to come to our house for a costume piece, CD, book, etc, but you can see a sample of our wares here on the website.
Many items are one of a kind. A vintage hand-woven beaded belt for a women's Bulgarian costume or an out of print ethnic costume book -- when that unique piece is gone, it's gone. Luckily, we're always collecting more. Some items are available in various styles and sizes, such as Bulgarian T-shirts, Bulgarian socks, table linens, and postcards.
Please contact us if you don't see what you want, or if you have a question about a listed item. We'll tell you if we still have the item, can get another one, or we might suggest something similar.