We had been hearing about the bazaar since January, and had even driven past it several times. But we had never gone before April because it is all outdoors except for a few buildings with indoor shops, and it was usually just toooo cold to do outdoor shopping, although that didn't seem to stop a lot of people from doing it. The sign above the old entrance says "Import Market," or something close to that. There are several entrances. We usually come down a long flight of stairs from the hill above and enter from the back side. But the bazaar is spread over a large area and even crosses the street where there is another large section of it. Along that street people set up little tables and sell everything from pirated DVDs to puppies, parakeets, and kittens.
The little shops in the older sections are usually just wooden partitions with tables set up to display the goods. The newer section has small metal pre-fab buildings divided into shops. There are probably hundreds of little shops in the whole bazaar. Each shop seems to specialize in one particular type of item. Most of the shops are clothing shops and the majority of people in Berdyansk buy their clothes in the bazaar. One shop may sell jeans, another ladies' shoes, another dresses and skirts, etc. And of course there are shops for men's clothing as well. My favorite shops (blush, blush!) are the bra shops. I have never seen so many colorful, sexy, exotic, lacy bras in my life----all right out in public for the ladies to look at. Some of the shops (including the bra shops) have a curtain in one corner where you can go and try the clothes on. I watched one fairly large lady trying on bathing suits a few weeks ago. She would change behind the curtain and then come out to get her friend's opinion. We had been told that in the bazaar people may try on clothes right out in public, and the polite thing to do was to simply look right through it as it wasn't happening, especially if the ladies stripped to their underwear. We have not seen that happen when we've been there, although we may have just missed it. The selection in each shop is usually not very large, but you can go a few steps and find another shop that may have what you want.
This young lady was selling bikinis because summer was coming and everyone wants to go to the beach. She was very friendly and nice. Loved having her picture taken.
I bought this filmy pink scarf from this lady. She had a lot of scarves and other accessary items for ladies.
I've been to this lady's shop several times. She does beautiful crochet work, she loves to see me coming because she knows I'll probably buy something.
Jeans, jeans, and more jeans. Most of them wild and funky.
On a warm Saturday these two men (called buskers in Europe---entertaining for cash) were playing some of my favorite old standard music. Frank put some coins in their pot after I took the picture.
This shop is not in the bazaar, but it is just a few steps down. It is in an indoor mall across from the meat market. I have been in this shop often, buying yarn for knitting and crocheting. This lady was very helpful, but I didn't linger in the shop too long. She had been eating her lunch and the smell of garlic was overpowering. That is only time that has ever happened to us.
I could write a lot more, but I think you get an idea of what the bazaar is like. I have not shopped for clothes, but if I do I will probably go to the indoor malls where there are lots of clothing shops. The quality is definitely better there. I have bought two pairs of shoes in the bazaar---a pair of sandals and a pair of nice slip-ons for church. Actually, I thought some of the prices in the bazaar were somewhat expensive for the quality. But, for people-watching and having a nice day out, the bazaar is definitely a fun place.