Bulgarian in Bulgaria
Purchases can be made at individual shops specializing in particular items. These shops are open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 or 8:00 p.m.. Some are open on Sunday until 4:00 p.m.. Stores operating out of converted garages have become quite common. These stores often sell groceries, along with other commonly used items such as toothpaste and shampoo. Some stores serve as one-stop convenience stores for their entire neighborhood, carrying whatever is in local demand. These shops might be open late into the evening and sometimes even overnight. Garage-type shops may specialize in other products such as clothing, office supplies or even computers.
Goods are normally kept behind the counter and the customer asks for whatever s/he wants to buy. Shoppers usually bring their own bags, although it is appropriate to ask for a bag if necessary. The shopkeepers will not usually charge for the bag.
Outdoor markets offer everything from grapes to linens to clothes. They are more economical than individual stores for clothing, shoes, and housewares, although stores usually have a larger selection. If a set price is posted, no bargaining is allowed, although occasionally bargaining is accepted at the outdoor markets. Be prepared to pay cash everywhere. There is a famous book market in Sofia that sells everything from computer guides to rare and antique books.