1. Wide of shoppers walking past bargain store "Fthinopolis" in Omonia, downtown Athens
2. Various of young woman looking at different Easter candles
3. Wide of an Easter candle display outside "Fthinopolis" with sign reading (Greek) "Easter Candle Special Only 0.60 Euro"
4. Close of sign dangling from ceiling of "Fthinopolis" reading "1 Euro"
5. SOUNDBITE (Greek) Harris Inglesis, co-owner of bargain store "Fthinopolis" in Omonia, Athens:
"We even have customers who ask for a discount on 1 euro candles, imagine the distress and financial problems experienced by the average Greek when they ask for a discount on a 1 euro candle, they ask for a markdown to 80 or 70 cents, even on this meagre 1 euro cost."
6. Close of pensioner Dimitris Geliades taking cents out of his wallet to pay for Easter candles
7. Low-angle shot of Easter candles hanging on a display outside a bargain store; sign reads (Greek) "2 Euro candles"
"It's a cheap store, but it depends on the person and their budget. Of course all wallets in Greece are not the same. Most times however they (wallets) are mostly poor, I just looked at mine, and I only have a couple of cents left."
9. Mid of customers lined up at the counter of "Fthinopolis"
10. Cashier wrapping several colourful Easter candles for a customer
11. Wide of upscale gift store "Grazia" further uptown in Athens, seen from outside with decorated Easter candles hanging on a peg
12. Zoom out from 10 Euro price tag on a decorated candle to Easter candles hanging on display at "Grazia" gift store
13. Wide of one side of "Grazia" store seen empty
14. Close of 18 Euro price tag on a toy plane
15. SOUNDBITE (Greek) Dimitris Katefelis, Owner of "Grazia" gift store:
"People recognise a quality product, you definitely have 2 and 3 euro candle stores in other areas further downtown but a person who wants to buy something for his godson he will pay for an expensive candle, whatever the crisis, I believe he'll pay up to 20 euros for a candle for his godchild."
16. Woman's hand searching through decorated candles
This Orthodox Easter, Athenians have been looking for big bargains with their holiday gift shopping.
Most shoppers were expecting significant markdowns on an expense they feel they cannot avoid.
As Orthodox Easter tradition goes, godfathers and godmothers offer a decorated candle to their young godchildren during the Holy week, wishing them well for the year ahead.
Families attend mass with their young children on Holy Saturday where "holy light" is passed around from candle to candle after an Orthodox announces the resurrection of the Christ.
Many times grandparents also join in on this custom and buy candles for their grandchildren.
Busy shopping streets are a testament that, despite a prolonged recession and a significant dip in disposable income, there's still an appetite for Easter holiday shopping.
Ermou street was buzzing with holiday shoppers out for a good bargain as they enjoyed the first signs of warm summer weather.
Candles are often heavily decorated featuring popular cartoon characters, toys, or Easter-related themes.
A look in the stores and you'll discover candles accessorised with toy airplanes, dolls, sweets, boats, bunnies and characters from famous cartoons.
Before the crisis hit Greece, godfathers and godmothers would be strained to find an Easter candle for less than 20 Euros, and stores selling candles for 30 or 40 Euros were common.
This trend changed over time as the financial crisis grew in the country.
This religious holiday, shoppers will be happy to find a plethora of discount stores catering to a wide range of budgets.
In 2013, 1 and 2 Euro stores have mushroomed all over downtown Athens, offering decorative Easter items and candles at bargain prices.
Dimitris Geliades, an 84-year-old pensioner shopping at "Fthinopolis" which is Greek for "Bargain City" said low-budget stores target the average Greek who's been hard hit by the crisis and commented he was left with just a few cents in his wallet after picking out Easter candles for his grandchildren.
"Fthinopolis" bargain store was packed with holiday shoppers during Greek Orthodox Holy Week.
Owner Harris Inglesis illustrated the impact of the financial crisis on consumers commenting that customers ask for further discounts on items selling for as low as 1 Euro.
"Imagine the distress and financial problems experienced by the average Greek when they ask for a discount on a 1 euro candle," he said.
Other stores such as the upscale gift store "Grazia", further uptown from Omonia and closer to Syntagma and Kolonaki squares has maintained costly prices on candles and Easter decorative items.
Although "Grazia" was not as busy as the 1 and 2 euro bargain stores, owner Dimitris Katefelis was confident that the more expensive items of Easter ephemera would still sell.
"A person who wants to buy something for his godson will pay for an expensive candle, whatever the crisis," he said.
Katefelis has run his store for thirty years and says most of his candles are both designed and produced by his wife in a workshop in one of Athens' seaside suburbs.
It's uncertain how long stores like "Grazia" will survive the competition from the bargain stores that cater to cash-strapped consumers.
Greece nearly went bankrupt in 2010 and has since depended on money from its euro partners and the International Monetary Fund, granted on condition the government pursues deep spending cuts and wide-ranging economic reforms.
EU unemployment figures reported on Tuesday showed Greece with the highest rate of joblessness in the union, at 27.2 percent in January.
Greece's parliament at the weekend passed a new round of austerity measures needed to secure spring bailout loan payouts.
In a landmark decision, lawmakers approved plans to dismiss 15,000 by the end of next year. Although the workers will be replaced, the measure sets a long-avoided precedent for future dismissals.