8 Things You'll Buy at a Military Bazaar by Ben Burgess/AFN Kaiserslautern

If you've been stationed at an overseas military base, chances are you've heard of a bazaar. Hosted in virtually every military community, these events are a shopper's paradise--bringing together vendors from around the world to show their wares.

Most shoppers agree: bazaars are the perfect opportunity to find unique gifts for friends and family... or even just for yourself!

Last year, Family and MWR brought over 70 vendors together for the Holiday Bazaar in the Special Events Center on ROB.

But what are the "must buy" items that sell out first? We asked you to name the treasures that you can't leave Europe without buying from a bazaar. Here's what you said.

1. Handmade Christmas Ornaments

European Christmas ornaments make unique and beautiful gifts for family back in the United States. Just make sure you pack them carefully when shipping!

2. An Antique Wine Barrel

This popular vessel for fermenting grapes can also make a great statement piece for your home or garden, with a little work. Many old wine barrels are even converted for use as wine racks.

3. Polish Pottery

A centuries old art form in Eastern Europe, the pottery and ceramics created in the Silesia region of Poland are durable and functional pieces that are unique and easily identifiable.

4. A Fire Column

These decorative metal columns make a statement indoors or out, but their true beauty is unleashed when you light the fire within. Warm your patio in all seasons!

5. Fancy Cheese

Cheese is an ancient food whose origins predate recorded history. Hundreds of types of cheese from various countries exist--each with its own texture, flavor and scent.

6. A Turkish Carpet

These traditional rugs are prized for their high quality, unique geometry and patterns, and lasting value.

7. Belgian Chocolate

Belgium's association with chocolate goes back as far as 1635. The country is known for pralines and truffles, as well as many unique animals, figurines and more.

8. Wine

Need we say any more? Thousands of varieties of wine are produced annually around the world, and there's only one way to know which ones you like--the old fashioned taste test.

U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz hosts the 2017 Spring Bazaar from Friday, Mar. 10 through Sunday, Mar. 12 at the Kleber Fitness Center on Kleber Kaserne.

Read more on the Army MWR website.

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Created with images by IppikiOokami - "christmas bauble christmas christmas ornaments" • TesaPhotography - "christmas balls decoration" • moritz320 - "cheese cheese loaf buy" • chillilogic - "Belgian Chocolates" • Rheinland-Pfalz Family and MWR - courtesy photos

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