Cultural: Our Shopping Trip

Earlier this week we went to Warsaw in order to get a painting that we bought a year ago framed. Well, both stores that we went to didn't have anyone who could help us, so we failed in our attempt to get that done.  

But, I came across some other things.

As we walked into the first store where we had more than 10 years ago brought a painting in to get framed, I saw these tiles on display.

They stopped me in my tracks!

 The colorful ones are $29.84 USD per square meter. The black and white ones are $29.55 per square meter.

The colorful ones are $29.84 USD per square meter. The black and white ones are $29.55 per square meter.

 1 package is 12 pieces and is 1.32 square meters..  You don't have to buy a whole pack - you can pick out how ever many tiles you need.

1 package is 12 pieces and is 1.32 square meters..  You don't have to buy a whole pack - you can pick out how ever many tiles you need.

"Wow!' I thought, "These are beautiful!"  I kind of wish I needed them - or at least some of them. Alas, I couldn't think of any place I need them. I do need a backsplash in my kitchen, but these are kind of big.

They are indoor/outdoor tiles.  Generally you buy them by the box but pay by the square meter.

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Then we went to a different store and I found an interesting design element. These things kind of reminded me once again of a Baltimore Album quilt. These are some sort of stickers.

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Then in this store, I found some interesting signs - both in Polish and in English. While not necessarily quilting related, I liked many of them.

 This sign says that "intelligent people don't get bored".  Now this applies to us quilters - we never get bored, I'd say. We may get tired of our projects, but bored? Ha!  I think most of us struggle with "more projects than we have time".

This sign says that "intelligent people don't get bored".  Now this applies to us quilters - we never get bored, I'd say. We may get tired of our projects, but bored? Ha!  I think most of us struggle with "more projects than we have time".

 The sign on the right says "Remember, your workplace is your second home."

The sign on the right says "Remember, your workplace is your second home."

 I like the sentiment here.

I like the sentiment here.

We also went to a large store called Makro, sort of like a Costco or Sam's Club - and I bought three things - I went there for these things -  as I've not been able to find these easily locally.

 I got a big bottle of "chicken spice", 3 1 kilo packages of pepperoni, and 2 2 kg bags of mozzarella cheese.  

I got a big bottle of "chicken spice", 3 1 kilo packages of pepperoni, and 2 2 kg bags of mozzarella cheese.  

 I bought two of these.  We don't make it to Makro very often--in fact it's been over a year since the last time we were there.  This amount of spice cost 34,55 Polish zloty or $10.37. I use this particular spice for chicken strips, baked chicken, pork chops, etc.

I bought two of these.  We don't make it to Makro very often--in fact it's been over a year since the last time we were there.  This amount of spice cost 34,55 Polish zloty or $10.37. I use this particular spice for chicken strips, baked chicken, pork chops, etc.

 I bought three of these packages.  This one kilo package of pepperoni (1 kg -- 2.2 lbs.) cost me 23,09 Polish zlotys or $6,93.

I bought three of these packages.  This one kilo package of pepperoni (1 kg -- 2.2 lbs.) cost me 23,09 Polish zlotys or $6,93.

 I bought 2 of these packages. This mozzarella cheese cost me 15,745 Polish zlotys per kilo or $4.72 per kilo or $2.14 per pound (US).  Not too shabby, IMO. I bought 4 kg of cheese. 

I bought 2 of these packages. This mozzarella cheese cost me 15,745 Polish zlotys per kilo or $4.72 per kilo or $2.14 per pound (US).  Not too shabby, IMO. I bought 4 kg of cheese. 

When I came home, it took me another half hour or so to subdivide it all into smaller packages and put it in the freezer.

One other place I asked my husband to stop by was a store called Biedronka - it's a super discount store like Lidl or Aldi. Biedronka is owned by the Portugese, however, and their prices are great - though I like the Lidl stores better - and generally the mechandise at Lidl seems to be a higher quality than the "stuff" other than food - is at Biedronka.  But I like their store brand of cola - Their cola zero. So so stopped and I ran into the store and came out with these.

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At the checkout, though, I stopped when he told me it was under 12 zl for all of these.  I said, "Na pewno-- Sa 12 sztuk!" (For sure? - there 12 bottles!" - I admit to a bit of prejudice and am somewhat mistrustful of male cashiers - figuring the average female cashier is faster and better than the average guy cashier!  LOL)  The guy cashier said, "Yes, there is a rebate" on them. So, I paid $3.56 for all 12 2 liter bottles.  That's about 30 cents for a 2 liter bottle of Biedronka cola.

 This receipt shows that we paid 11.88 zl or $3.56 in USD for all 12 bottles of soda pop.  I kind of felt like I was stealing it.

This receipt shows that we paid 11.88 zl or $3.56 in USD for all 12 bottles of soda pop.  I kind of felt like I was stealing it.

I tried to stay away from impulse shopping or just browsing.  When we went, we went for a few specific purposes. I felt like, for the most part, I kept to that.  Ok, I did pick up a couple of things at the building supplies store for the downstairs bathroom - I want to take out the silicone and put some new in - and I bought a thing that will help me to do that.

Our list of things we need to get when we go to the big city of Warsaw has shrunk considerably. We used to feel the need to go monthly - because that's where the big stores are. However, even though we don't have any huge markets around us, we have learned where we can get the things we like and use for the most part.

And now you know!



Have a good one!

Don't forget to check out what my sis has for you over in the store!

 

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