Local second-hand shopping
Previously Owned Quilting Material
Some of you (maybe most of you) are aware that I have a series of quilts made exclusively from second-hand items. I have bought almost all the items at these shops here in Poland. My challenge was/is to make some quilts that don't necessarily scream "I made this from second-hand shirts".
I wanted to make sure that it could be done before I said it could be done. I think I've shown that in a pretty extensive blog post from earlier this year.
What Are Second-Hand Shops Like In Poland?
Here in our area of Poland we have a nice variety of second-hand shops. In the UK they tend to call them "charity shops". Most second-hand shops in the USA are also connected to a charity, though I suppose consignment shops aren't.
Anyway, these aren't charity shops here - they are for profit. Anyway can go to a place like Texland wholesalers pictured above and below and buy a container's load of second hand clothing and sell them. You pay by the pound for them.
Our most successful local shops are the ones connected to the aforementioned "Texland" which imports from northern and western Europe.
My sis and I went to a couple of these shops one afternoon - we have three that all boast the name "Texland" - one is large and two are smaller.
They are located close to our building in Otwock - (church building, that is). We stopped in one day on our way to or from there.
What were the prices like?
And now you've seen a tiny bit of two of our local second-hand shops. Neither of these had things for really, really cheap (like $.25) - but about $1 was the least expensvie item.
I think the stores that had the weekly deals that went all the way to 1 zl ($.28-.30) went out of business. I didn't see how they could stay alive as rent here in Poland isn't particularly low!
Enough of what we have here...if YOU need something for your current projects, make sure you check out what my sis has to offer. You can buy fabric by the piece and fabric by the yard! She's looking high and low for good deals to share with you!