Hello! We are Suze and Richie, owners of Balkan Bazaar. Welcome to our website.
Late September -- we're very sorry that we haven't seen you at the usual folk music and dance workshops and weekends that were all cancelled due to the COVID19 pandemic. We hope that you and your families are well. We miss you, we miss dancing with you, and we miss having you shop! It's more important for us all to stay apart to stay healthy. We've seen some friends at Zoom events, the new normal for a while.
Please follow the guidelines and stay healthy -- we'll be together again when we can. For now we can send packages by mail.
We still have folksy souvenirs 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, traditional rose oil souvenirs, and vintage flat rugs. And more!
For your shopping convenience, check our website. Contact us if there are Balkan things you're looking for that you don't see here. 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 socially distant / with masks shopping appointment.
Where’s our shop? We don't have a brick & mortar store in a building. We usually 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.