Hello! We are Suze and Richie, owners of Balkan Bazaar. Here we were at Texas Camp 2019, in the middle of Balkan Bazaar.
January 2021 - Happy New Year!
We're sorry that we didn't see you at 2020's folk music and dance workshops and weekends, all cancelled due to the COVID19 pandemic. We hope that you and your families remain healthy. 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 in 2021. We are seeing friends at Zoom events, the new normal for a while.
Continue to follow the COVID guidelines to stay well -- we'll be together again when we can.
2020 Texas Camp and Kolo Festival joined Zoom forces as Texa-Kolo over Thanksgiving weekend. For that virtual event, we made two small "tables" / Google Slide shows/ of merchandise for your shopping amusement, mostly things not found on this site. Check out the tiny links below. I'll keep adding new things through 2021.
Home, Music, Textiles "table" here:
Handicrafts, Clothing, and Jewelry "table" here:
Our website is under renovation. Unfortunately non-tech-savvy Suze is doing the work so please be patient as I figure this out. Some new pages are in the left side menu list; others are still in the Catalog.
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 -- most of our titles are on sale, 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 / masked 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.
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, if we can get another one, or if we can suggest something similar.