What I Learned My First Time Polish Pottery Shopping
Polish Pottery Shopping is something everyone seems to do when they live in Europe. The prices are so cheap in Bolesławiec, where the pottery is made. I really wasn’t prepared for this trip. How hard could it be go just go shopping all day? Well, kinda overwhelming. Next time I’ll be much better prepared! Here are some tips:
Know what you’re looking for beforehand. Making a list of things you want to purchase is incredibly helpful. Once you get into a store it can be overwhelming and you’ll quickly forget what you came for. I had a list typed up on my phone which I was able to check off. Very helpful!
Make time to go to all of the stores! Each store is unique and all of them deserve to be given time. I hear of some people who only go to a handful of shops that are popular with Americans. While they still get beautiful pottery, they often pay a higher price and miss out on some beautiful prints they could get at the smaller shops. A map is available here. If you click on the points on the map the address of the store will come up. If you stay at the Blue Beetroot they also will hand you a paper map to follow.
Know the quality (Gat) rating and what it means.
Pay with a credit card. I use our travel CC for everything. There are no foreign transaction fees, I get a really nice exchange rate, and I don’t have to worry about finding and taking the correct amount of money out of an ATM. Every store we went to took card. Make sure you have the shop owner charge your card in Zloty and not in Euro or USD. You’ll get a better rate buying in Zloty.
Make it worthwhile for your husband. Mine was kind enough to drive me and shop all day for pottery with only minimal complaining. Each trip I plan I try to make sure I include something especially for him. This trip I took him to Stan’s Antiques. He has lots of WWII treasures that Stefan spent a good hour or so browsing. He even purchased some. He said that made the long day pottery shopping worth it.
Make sure you stop in at a Polish Grocery store! We went to get some snacks for the trip back, but I ended up grabbing some other foods as well. The prices were so much cheaper than we have in Germany, so I also got some stuff we needed at the store anyway. You can also buy frozen pierogies that you can enjoy at home.