Polish Pottery...Swoon.

I have an enormous crush on Polish Pottery. It's so expensive. So, any guru's out there? What's the inside scoop? Where to buy it? Deals? Knockoffs? I'm researching like mad online..


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  1. I am Polish and only have one piece from a friend who used to live in Germany and traveled by some. She got it at a decent price there, but I doubt it's worth it to fly over ;)

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  2. lol. My husband and i are both Polish as well, but all my friends that lived in Germany and Poland moved back to the states!

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  3. Costco! It was probably about 6 months ago that my local Costco had a huge display and tons of pieces, but they were all gorgeous and obviously a great price!

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  4. Casey, i too saw that, but of course when i went back to look they were gone :(

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    1. I have a huge collection of polish pottery that I would like to sell, as I am recently married and we just do not have the space for all of our combined dishes! Most of the pieces are new. (My husband and I have only used maybe 5 out of the 75 or so pieces, and those were only used once or twice.) Would you be interested in buying the collection? I would sell them at a low price and ship them all to you! Write me back if you are and I can send you photos / I can call you to describe all of the pieces.

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  5. My TJ Maxx, Marshalls, & HomeGoods have some!

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  6. My mom collects polish pottery! She has found a lot of great pieces at both Marshals and The Christmas Tree Shoppe. Good luck on your search!

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  7. I second TJ Maxx and Homegoods...my mom loves it so I usually spot it pretty easily and have had success multiple times at bothplaces!

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  8. I've bought some of my pottery in Krakow, Poland (very cheap!) some on ebay, and some from www.bluerosepottery.com (not cheap but good quality!). Also I keep an eye out for it at TJ Maxx, Ross, and Tuesday Morning. I only buy it if it looks good with my patterns. I collect the flowering peacock pattern. Here's a post I did about it: http://posypocket.blogspot.com/2010/06/polish-pottery.html

    I highly recommend polish pottery, it is very good quality and has so many special memories for me of being in Poland :)

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  9. Check out CostcoPolishPottery.com for the schedule. :)

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  10. Thanks for the post! I love polish pottery and am always trying to find places that I can buy it for a good price.

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    1. Hi - I just sent this message to another user who was looking for polish pottery and posted above. I have a huge collection of polish pottery that I would like to sell, as I am recently married and we just do not have the space for all of our combined dishes! Most of the pieces are new. (My husband and I have only used maybe 5 out of the 75 or so pieces, and those were only used once or twice.) Would you be interested in buying the collection? I would sell them at a low price and ship them all to you! Write me back if you are and I can send you photos / I can call you to describe all of the pieces.

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  11. I love my Polish pottery, buying most of it in Bolleslawiec, Poland where it is unbelievably cheap. Buying it in Germany was about three times expensive when I lived there. Now that I'm stateside, I pick up pieces at Home Goods, TJ Maxx or Marshall's. There is also a vendor selling Polish pottery at the CHristkindlemarket in Chicago every year. Prices are significantly higher, but you will find quite a variety of pieces. the market runs from Thanksgiving to Christmas.

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  12. anyone looking for a part time job selling Polish Pottery? I may be able to help you out!

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  13. Thepolishpotteryoutlet.com
    Good prices; great service! Also try clearance on the retail section of polmedia.com. it's another class act!

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  14. Sign up for Polmedia (artisanimports.com) email list and you'll be notified of sales/ Based in TX- they have a retail outlet there

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  15. Sign up for Polmedia (artisanimports.com) email list and you'll be notified of sales/ Based in TX- they have a retail outlet there

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  16. TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods all have some at various times. Tuesday Morning also carries it during Christmas time. I know the first 3 are all owned by the same company so although I have only seen this at Marshalls be mindful of Japanese made knock offs. They are very similar, but do have a slightly different appearance and do not carry the stamp on the bottom. I also look at the Broadway Market in Buffalo NY (the longest continuously run public market in the country). It is in the heart of old Buffalo Polonia. I have also had some luck finding pieces at estate sales, thrift stores and antique shops. They are also great sources for Polish folk art such as carved wooden plates, eggs, nesting dolls, religious icons, paintings, and traditionally dressed dolls. There is quite a bit of Polish culture, heritage, art and history to be found if you are willing to look for it. Old Polish neighborhoods and enclaves are wonderful areas to visit and look. Finally, you may want to look for church and school closings with Polish roots. The Felician Sisters, Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph, Pauline Fathers, Franciscan Friars OFM Conv., Resurrectionist Fathers, Poor Clares, and Resurrectionist Sisters are just the beginning of Polish orders in America. There is also the Polish National Church, The Falcons, Dom Polski Clubs, Polish National Alliance, Polish Arts Club, Polka groups, Polish language, culture and dance groups, Chopin Singers, and a lot more. Detroit, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Texas (Poles from Upper Silesia settled there in the mid 1800's), pockets in Pennsylvania (especially old steel towns and mining communities) are all areas with large Polish populations. Polmedia mentioned above is also a good source. The stamps on the bottom can tell you a lot about the maker, age, artist, etc. The classic lined pieces with circles, leaves, grapes, apples, etc. are the most common and are easier to create. Next the unikat (unique) pieces are more rare and limited as they are hand painted by a single artist. Finally, unikat signature pieces are the most rare, collectible, sought after and expensive. I find these once in a great while at estate sales. They will often have an artist name or signature on the bottom. Size, shape and a few other factors affect price so it is important to know the difference in the lines described above. A classic platter may cost $20 retail, unikat $40 and unikat signature $60. If you find a unikat signature platter at $30 it may still seem expensive, but because of the degree of expertise involved makes it well worth the cost. I hope all of this is helpful and not too overwhelming. You are off to a fantastic start and have a beautiful collection of classic and some unikat pieces and appear to be ready to look for those really nice signature ones that are truly the piece of art they appear to be. They're often vases, pitchers, figurines, ornaments and other objects that are still functional, but are intended to be handled less. Good luck!!

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