Yesterday’s blog post I show you how fabulous last Saturday was for me in Boleslawiec, Poland during their annual Polish Pottery Festival. Well Sunday was just as fabulous!
It was another fun day and my feet were so sore from all the walking but it was totally worth it.
Boleslawiec Polish Pottery Festival day 2…
One of the parade floats from the clay parade yesterday. It looks like we missed one heck of a parade yesterday.
First up, the antique market. I was thinking it would be just a few blocks…WRONG! It was like 6 blocks one direction towards the ceramic festival but then there we lots of little side streets full of stuff to. I LOVE antiques so I was in heaven.
You could get just about anything there.
If you are a fine china collector you have a huge selection.
I so enjoyed the view while shopping.
Well this is an interesting water fountain.
Woo hoo, more Polish pottery! There we lots of little mom and dad pottery shops with stalls at the festival. This was the RJ that had some really great prices. Those small ice cream size bowl are 11 zloty ($3.75) and the bigger cereal size is 20 zloty ($6.50).
Once again another opportunity to paint some ceramics.
One of the stalls had a discount area and people were going crazy looking for deals. I am not sure how good the deals where as I wasn’t going to begin to try to see.
Oh, this looks like trouble, my favorite design is sold here.
Now this looks more like Spanish pottery then Polish.
Time for snack break, warm smoked cheese.
Who wants some chocolate? Yes, that is chocolate not actual tools.
It is not a Polish festival without at least one person selling baskets.
I have never been so happy to see a mall before. Toilets were no where to be found and we finally found one in the mall. Note to self: do not drink so much orange juice for breakfast next year.
Oh, my kids would have been in heaven once we got to the end for ceramic and craft part of the festival. There was a whole carnival part too! I was totally not expecting this so next year for sure my kids are coming with me.
Corn on the cob anyone?
Who knew there were that many flavors of slushies?
Then there is a small city center that did concerts and other fun activities all week. When we went through we were able to see a belly dancer in action. Then men were defiantly enjoying the show.
Right next to the stage was a kids area.
I think if my girls were with me would have been here for a couple of hours.
This looks like so much more fun than sand.
Want to be a walking a piece of Polish pottery? You can for 3 zloty($1) for a small one or 5 zloty($1.75) for a big one.
We saw lots of people with their face painted so we were thinking it looked kind of neat and you only live once right? While we talking about it it started to rain really hard, so we took it as sign from above to do it since it was in a covered area.
Well what do you think? What was the best part? It finish raining just as we finished getting both of our faces painted.
It is amazing that is all one piece of foam that they cut out.
Love these blues!
Who would have thought?
Now this looks like fun!
By luck when we walked back to the stage area we got to see the crowning of the Miss Boleslawiec Polish Pottery Festival 2014. It looked like they were wearing wedding dresses. I wish I knew the story why.
Almost every type of dried fruit you could possibly be hungry for.
Got a sweet tooth? Flavored fudge, totally heaven at least that is what I assume. I got 2 pieces of the majority of the flavors and I ate 1 on the spot and the rest was for us to share at home. The girls feel in love with them ate them all except 1 piece in less than 30 minutes.
Not sure if chocolate covered peppers sound appetizing.
Yet another amazing view in Boleslawiec.
Traditional Polish slippers and other clothes.
Time for one last quick walk though to get a thing or two that we wanted earlier but did not want to carry around with us.
They had this tent set up with a exhibition of up and coming ceramic artists.
This piece was breathtaking.
This is an old metal vent from the 1940′s. I was able to get the guy down from 200 zloty ($65) to 100 zloty ($33). Imagine this with mirror behind it and the doors open on a table with flowers and candles. Does that not sound amazing? I can’t wait to see the final product.
Totally excited to find this gingerbread mold!! It was 30 zloty ($10)
Have I mentioned I how beautiful Boleslawiec is?
On our way out we saw even more antique sellers set-up on different side streets. Mine friend saw this and just had to have it. I am like seriously? She has the exact sameone at home that she had growing up in the US and her daughter uses now just with a few extra layers of paint.
Why do I get so excited over the antiques? 1. I love antiques, growing up so did my parents so I do know a little bit about what is what when it comes to what to look for. 2. The prices here in Poland are 1/2 the price or even more compared to what I paid in Belgium and The Netherlands. In the US some of this stuff is just crazy expensive.
Time for dinner at one of my favorite Polish restaurants in all of Poland, Opalkowa Chata.
What an AMAZING view on our drive home. What a great way to end a perfect weekend!
Well this was my damage for the weekend! You will have to wait for another post see my finds.
So what did I learn at my 1st time going to the festival?
Some places the prices are the same and others offered special discounts at the stores. At the festival they were the same at the some of the stalls of the stores and others they were a bit cheaper.
Parking for the most part wasn’t too bad at the stores but downtown was a bit trickier. On Saturday we walked to the market and left our car at the hotel as it was only about 4 blocks away. Sunday it wasn’t too bad in the afternoon when we went to the market and found a spot about 5 blocks away. Just remember if you are parking downtown on Saturday depending where you park you might have to pay for meter parking.
I knew I would be doing some purchasing at the festival so I brought my rolling grocery cart..
This was a blessing especially with my purchases at the antique market part!
I came with lots of 10 and 20 zloty bills because I knew getting change would be problem at some of the small stalls. It also was a problem at the stores too. So if you can come with zloty in hand, try to bring as much in small bills as possible it will make checkout much easier!
In the antique market area be prepared to bargain! For one item we purchased they gentleman wanted 200 zloty. I was able to get him down to 100 zloty. Another thing someone wanted 20 zloty, it was dirty and I tried to clean it but it wasn’t come clean with my finger so I put it back then the guy says I could have it for 5 zloty. For 5 zloty I will take my chance and try to get it clean at home with cleaner.
As you read I did not bring my girls with me on this trip as I wasn’t quite sure how kid friendly it was. I will totally bringing my kids to the next one! There is a ton of kids things to do for them.
If you want to enjoy the festival it will take at least 2 days not including any shopping time at the actual stores. We didn’t even walk the whole festival nor did we go to a single concert , to the clay parade, to the fire wall show or even to the carnival area. If you want to do some serious shopping and enjoy the festival I would give yourself 3 days as there is that much too do!
Have you been to the festival before? What insider tips do you have for me for next years trip?