Time to Visit…Andar Polish Pottery, Bolesawiec, Poland

Last weekend I mentioned that I went Polish pottery shopping with a few friends in Boleslawiec, Poland.  

This is Andar which is one of my favorite stores in that area! One of the sweetest couples you will meet.

This is Andar which is one of my favorite stores in that area! One of the sweetest couples you will meet.

One of my favorite stores there is Andar’s.  Yes, their store is off the main path but I promise you it is worth the trip!

The store is one of the smallest in the area but what they have is AMAZING!  

Time to Visit…Andar Polish Pottery

If you see this bright green building you are in the right spot!

If you see this bright green building you are in the right spot!

What a cute cheese board!  Now here is the reason why you should buy this directly from them if you are in the are shopping.  I found this exact same one online at a major online Polish pottery shopping site and they wanted $51 for it.  Whereas you buy it from them it is $14! Is that not CRAZY?

What a cute cheese board! Now here is the reason why you should buy this directly from them if you are in the area shopping. I found this same one online at a major online Polish pottery shopping site and they wanted $51 for it. Whereas you buy it from them it is $14! Is that not CRAZY?

One of the bad things about pottery shopping and you need a bowl, the selection.  Do you want small, big, straight, wavy or flat.  Is this pattern not beautiful?

One of the bad things about pottery shopping and you need a bowl, the selection. Do you want small, big, straight, wavy or flat. Is this pattern not beautiful?

Here is another pretty pattern of theirs.

Here is another pretty pattern of theirs.  I have a thing for blue patterns!

Here is a sample of the a few of the coffee mugs they make.  Now those prices are in zlotys so it is roughly $5 and $7.  Now for all my Polish readers you wonder why us Americans go crazy shopping for this stuff?  Because in the US we pay 3x the price.

Here is a sample of the a few of the coffee mugs they make. Now those prices are in zlotys so it is roughly $5 and $7. Now for all my Polish readers you wonder why us Americans go crazy shopping for this stuff? Because in the US we pay 3x the price.

Here is what I got at their place this trip.  Another coffee mug and this wonderful platter.  It was a category 2 with the green sticker, so I paid 46  zlotys or $15.  Hence the reason why I enjoy this store besides their great work, their great prices!

Here is what I got at their place this trip. Another coffee mug and this wonderful platter. It was a category 2 with the green sticker, so I paid 46 zlotys or $15. Hence the reason why I enjoy this store besides their great work, their great prices!

How do you know if it is an Andar piece?  It will have this stamp on the bottom.

How do you know if it is an Andar piece? It will have this stamp on the bottom.

 

Here are the owners of this great place!  They have got to be some of the nicest people I have met.

Here are the owners of this great place! They have got to be some of the nicest people I have met.

Since their store is on the small side if you are with a big group of friends, I highly recommend that you try to be the first one in the store for the best selection.  I have been here before with a bus of 20 other ladies and all I can tell you it was controlled chaos.  

They have lots of parking inside and outside so no worries about that and since it is out in the country you don’t have to worry about someone breaking into your car either, if you get worried about that.(I have lived here for 2 years now and never had an issue about not feeling safe!)

They are open Monday through Saturday from 07.00 to 19.00.  If you see the lights out and the door is locked but it during opening hours just ring the bell and they will be right out.  They are either in their house or out back working.  

If you are able to do tax-free shopping they do Faktura’s on the spot, which is really nice!!

The address to Andar’s is… Bolesławiecki 73,   Tomaszów.  It is outside of town maybe 10 minutes. It is close to the glass factory and Andy’s pottery shop too.  I will blog about those here soon and up date the links on this post when I do. 

Have you been to Andar’s before, I would love to hear what you think of them or if you some hints please share them!

love kelley
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20 Responses to Time to Visit…Andar Polish Pottery, Bolesawiec, Poland

  1. Scott R. Lucado says:

    Those prices are incredibly low.

    Here, you’d pay in dollars what they’re charging in zlotys–if you could find this stuff at all.

  2. Darlene says:

    I am SO excited that I found your blog. Christmas of 2012 I received some Andar Polish Pottery and I absolutely love it. I have the opprotunity to have someone pick me up a few more pieces since they live over that way. I would love it if you could email me so I can ask you a few questions regarding some pieces I am looking at getting. Thank you so much.

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  4. ashley says:

    How do you qualify for tax free shopping? Thanks

    • Ashley,

      For us military here we shop tax free (VAT) just like other military in other countries here in Europe.

      • ashley says:

        We are stationed in Germany…I think our Vat forms are only good for Germany. Since we are not stationed in Poland I am assuming we can not use a Vat there? IS that correct? THANKS

        • Yep, unfortunately VAT forms like you get are only good for Germany as with the Dutch ones. In Poland they do it completely different with no forms to buy the store just prints a different receipt and we just turn them in once a quarter to the tax off on the base and 6 weeks later the money is put back into a our bank account.

  5. anna says:

    I just went their today and you are so right. They are the nicest couple. I also met their son who speaks great english. They asked me how I came about their store and I told them of your blog. They really find it funny how their picture is online. Teuly love this little store :)

    • I am sooooo glad you went! So did you get lost of goodies?

      • anna says:

        Yes I did. It was my first pottery shopping in Poland and been saving for it for two years. I just needed hubby to take me there :) I have a question for you on one of the pieces that I bought, I guess I got carried away and didnt notice the back is there a way I can send you a picture of it? I just want to make sure that this is ok or if I should contact them. Anita the wife assured me that they are guaranteed but I just want to waste there time if its ok :) is it ok with you?

  6. danielle says:

    Are Andars pottery of good quality? How is it copared to Andys? Help please, heading there next weekend

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