Hello! We're Suze and Richie, owners of Balkan Bazaar. Welcome to our website. Happy New Year 2019!
Last spring 2018 I shopped for two months in Sofia, Bulgaria to find new ethnic items for you. My favorites include folksy souvenirs -- Bulgarian refrigerator magnets, beautiful postcards from a young photographer, new coin earrings, modern cotton rugs in traditional designs, and some vintage flat rugs. During summer and fall 2018 we set up Balkan Bazaar at folk festivals and folk dance workshops.
In November 2018 we wound up our traveling season by loading the big blue van full of folk treasures from Bulgaria, the Balkans, and beyond. After a couple of days on the road, our cultural display and pop-up shop magically appeared at Texas Camp over Thanksgiving weekend. We enjoyed being with many of you during the weekend -- dancing, socializing, shopping, and eating!
For your holiday shopping, check our website, or contact us if there are Balkan things you're looking for. Don't forget folk music -- CDs are one size fits most, so easy to wrap and mail. Ask us for your favorite Bulgarian CDs, or we can suggest some titles. If you are near us in North Carolina, call for a shopping appointment.
Where’s our shop? We don't have a store in a building. We travel to folk dance camps and events 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 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.