Hello! We are Suze and Richie, owners of Balkan Bazaar. Welcome to our website.
Happy New Year 2020! Let it be better than the last. That said, we're in the stay-at-home COVID-19 pandemic. Please follow the guidelines and stay healthy.
We have a few folksy souvenirs left from my 2018 shopping trip in and around Sofia, Bulgaria. There are Bulgarian refrigerator magnets, beautiful postcards from a young photographer, new coin earrings, modern cotton rugs in traditional designs, and vintage flat rugs.
This is now a modified hope!! We hope to see you this spring, summer and fall 2020. Where, you might ask --
CANCELLED - COVID-19 Saturday, March 14, 2020 - annual Bulgarian party Durham NC - we'll decorate the hall with textiles, and will have a VERY small Bazaar for your shopping pleasure during the day, pot luck dinner, and dance party with live music. Here's the flyer https://www.trianglefolkdancers.org/event-files/BULGARIAN%20Dance%20Weekend%20mar2020.pdf
Waiting to hear if this is still on. -- May 9-10, 2020 - The Virginia Beach spring gathering is at a comfortable new venue, The Edge, a Retreat Center in Spring Grove, VA. (formerly at Makemie Woods) Contact us for more specifics.
Hoping the following events will happen! We will keep you posted. -- August 8-15, 2020 we'll be at the EEFC Music & Dance workshop near Rock Hill, NY: https://eefc.org/balkan-camp/east-coast-balkan-music-dance-workshop/
Over Labor Day weekend 2020, shop with us at World Village Music & Dance, at a wonderful new venue, Cascade MD: http://www.dancingplanetproductions.com/dancecamp.htm
In November, we'll wind our traveling season by taking the big blue van full of folk treasures to build again our cultural display and pop-up shop Texas Camp over Thanksgiving weekend. https://tifd.org/texas-camp/
For your shopping convenience, check our website, or contact us if there are Balkan things you're looking for. Folk music CDs are always popular gifts, so easy to wrap and mail -- many are on sale at reduced prices. Ask us for your favorite Bulgarian CDs, or we can suggest some titles. If you're near us in North Carolina, or driving through, call for a shopping appointment.
Where’s our shop? We don't have a "brick & mortar" store in a building. We travel to folk dance camps and events to build a "pop up" shop with both contemporary and vintage Balkan folk wares. It's easier for us to set up a real shop than to manipulate this website, so you'll experience lots more Balkan Bazaar at an actual event. We offer you a treasure trove of folksy things - there's lots to look through, much more than the samples we have here on our website. We're glad to make an appointment if you want to come here to see a costume piece, CD, book, etc.
Many items are one of a kind, like a vintage Bulgarian hand-woven beaded belt 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.