One last shopping trip for the season

A week and half ago I was able to sneak in one last shopping trip for the season to the local ornament factory, Sopel, to get a few new ornaments for this year. 

A reader from my blog sent me a note saying she heard that they might be closing several weeks ago, so I was a bit worried about getting some again this year. They have some AMAZING ornaments that are crazy expensive in the US. 

Oh, where to start!

Oh, where to start!

These ones kind of scared me.

These ones kind of scared me.

Just a few ornaments to choose from.

Just a few ornaments to choose from.

There was even more in the boxes that were on the floor.

There was even more in the boxes that were on the floor.

Another unique tree they had on display.

Another unique tree they had on display.

This guy was 15 zlotys($5) with is less than half what we could pay in the US for the exact same one.

This guy was 15 zlotys($5) with is less than half what we could pay in the US for the exact same one.

He looks some in the picture but this guy was almost as big as my hand.  For 20 zlotys($6) he definatly came home with me.

He looks small in the picture but this guy was almost as big as my hand. For 20 zlotys($6) he definatly came home with me.

These were lovely too and for 10 zlotys($3) a few come home too with me.

These were lovely too and for 10 zlotys($3) a few come home too with me.

And even more to choose from.

And even more to choose from.

I could not decided if I like these or not but for 10 zlotys($3) they became this years ornament for each of the kids.

I could not decided if I like these or not but for 10 zlotys($3) they became this years ornament for each of the kids.

It is amazing the handy work they do here in Poland.

It is amazing the handy work they do here in Poland.

Lucky me, there also happened to be a preschool there doing a field trip!  It was so much fun watching the kids pick out ornaments with what money they had.  You could see them doing math with their fingers.

Lucky me, there also happened to be a preschool there doing a field trip! It was so much fun watching the kids pick out ornaments with what money they had. You could see them doing math with their fingers.

Now my big treasure of the day!  I found this one deep hidden in the corner so I unburied it and asked how much it was(yes, I know enough Polish to do that much).  Then she said how about 20 zlotys($6) since it was missing a small pearl and has a few paint cracks on the backside.  I could not hand her the money fast enough before she changed her mind.  From the sticker I did see on it I am pretty sure it was for a special collection they did 10 years ago but it is AMAZING!!

Now my big treasure of the day! I found this one deep hidden in the corner so I unburied it and asked how much it was(yes, I know enough Polish to do that much). Then she said how about 20 zlotys($6) since it was missing a small pearl and has a few paint cracks on the backside. I could not hand her the money fast enough before she changed her mind. From the sticker I did see on it I am pretty sure it was for a special collection they did 10 years ago but it is AMAZING!! It is so big I have to hang it on a stand not on the tree.

I loved this tree but I would need a bigger house for sure if I want something like this.

I loved this tree but I would need a bigger house for sure if I want something like this.

Peeking through one of the outside windows looking inside, you can see they were still busy making more.

Peeking through one of the outside windows looking inside, you can see they were still busy making more.

Well they were still open and I was able to get some good deals. Yet, another perk of living here in Poland!!

So when do you take down your Christmas tree?  I usually do once the kids go back to school, so I not so many little hands helping me.

love kelley
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One Response to One last shopping trip for the season

  1. Scott R. Lucado says:

    Indeed, those ornaments are very expensive here in the US of A. A store called Dom sells a lot of them, and none are cheap. (I imagine shipping such delicate items over a great distance has a lot to do with that.)

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