Bulgarians who came to visit and shop in Edirne with their own cars or organized buses race to shop on the streets of the city. They can barely get the shopping carts to their vehicles.
Bulgarian tourists continue to find bargains and buy various products such as cheeses, vegetables, detergents and clothes. It is not uncommon for our residents to race through the nearby small streets of the city to get to their vehicles faster and unload their purchases before rushing off to do some more shopping.
Traders continue to be happy with this situation.
A relief for Bulgarians are the many inscriptions, signs and even billboards in our native language, which greatly facilitate shopping.
Faik Makak, who came to Edirne from Stara Zagora, spoke to the Turkish agency Demiroren. “Thank God, the prices are still good, they are very affordable.” He adds that he has spent 5 thousand Turkish lira (BGN 538) so far and will continue shopping.
Makak shared: “We even buy bottled water because it is very affordable and there is no problem to bring it across the border.
It’s good that we can safely bargain at the Friday market. Thank God, we can satisfy all our needs more profitably than in Bulgaria. Now we will also stop by the market, there we will see what else we can find at a good price.”
The owner of an oven in the city, Erol Ceylan, shared: “Bulgarian citizens like our bread more than the bread in their country.” There are those who come here to buy bread even for a week.”
The trader at the Ulus Friday market, Murat Karachimen, told the Ihlyas Haber agency: “Apart from Bulgaria, we also have many tourists from Ukraine, Russia, Moldova and Belarus.
They buy all kinds of dairy products as well as olives. But Bulgarians buy massively any product you can think of, in large quantities. That’s why they are our best customers. Thanks to them we exist. The purchasing power of Turkish citizens has decreased dramatically in recent months. Now we mainly stock goods that are in demand by Bulgarians.”