Privoz adjoined the Stary (old) bazaar (also called the Volny (free) market) the first bazaar in Odessa. Gradually more buildings were constructed as the city grew.
In the 1940s zoo animals were moved from the Odessa zoo to Simferopol. Four year old elephant Murza (Мурза) escaped. It ran to the fruit section of the Privoz market and ate several apples, pulled out pickled cucumbers from a barrel, tasted some fresh cabbage and dried fruits. Murza was caught and returned to the zoo. A popular Soviet comedy film, Striped Trip was inspired by this incident.
A western journalist explained his visit to the market:
|“||I headed over to Privoz market, which is sort of like a cross between a department store on the one hand and a recycling center on the other. There's caviar, shoes, accessories, food, perfume, toiletries, things like that. And then there are the guys selling things like rusty old tools laid out on moth-eaten blankets. Or the old school five and a quarter inch floppy disk drives. There's even somebody selling wheels, just wheels, including a matching set of three that were obviously taken from a perambulator at some point.||”|
|“||Moi sieur Jason, you are as scary as Monya the Artellerist firing out of two guns. I'd rather go to aunt Pece at Privoz and would buy a glass of sunflower seeds as you painfully interestingly 'goutareetye'.||”|
- Karakina, Yelena; Tatyana Samoilova, Anna Ishchenko (2004). Touring Odessa. BDRUK. ISBN 966-8137-01-9. p. 18
- "Ukrainian Opposition MP Calls For Probe into Odessa Scandals". BBC Monitoring International Reports. November 6 2002.
- Schemann, Serge (October 26 1991). Odessa Journal; They Laugh Now, but Then Didn't They Always?. p. 2.
- "Historical information". odessaprivoz.narod.ru. Archived from the original on 2004-02-08. Retrieved 2006-09-05. (Russian)
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- Nyad, Diana; Jared Manasek (September 21 2002). "Attempts to recreate a movie scene in Odessa". Savvy Traveler (NPR).
- "Official Privoz Market page". Retrieved 2006-02-20.
- Barber, Tony (February 15 1986). "What would Marx think about this?". The Toronto Star: G18.