I ventured in there with high hopes of finding some items worthy of joining my wardrobe. I hoped maybe, with this being Europe and all, that I could find some designer gems among the castaways. Ummm, no. This is Bulgaria, lets get real- most people here probably do not have the budget for designer duds and if they do then they're probably not tossing it off to the Maxx Market. What I did find was rack after rack of familiar labels like Old Navy and H&M. (On a related note- H&M is set to open it's first location in Bulgaria next spring-woo hoo!)
The only thing I found to be really unusual about the store was that the clothes are not tagged- you pay by the kilo or per item, whichever is cheaper. There was actually a scale in the middle of the store where you could weigh your finds and see the total price. The prices vary by day. New merchandise comes in every Wednesday, hence Wednesday is the most expensive day and Tuesday is the cheapest. I just so happened to be shopping on a Tuesday- score! I ended up settling on one sweater and on my way to the cashier I found a tank top that was calling my name. The tank top was so light that it didn't even register on the scale so I pretty much got it for free. I paid 4 levs for 2 shirts so I'd say my first thrifting experience in Bulgaria was a success. The only downside is that this store doesn't sell any housewares or books, but no worries- on the walk home we passed by a pensioner with a table of used books set up on the sidewalk. There's always those random sidewalk sales to look forward to.