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Shop Local: Poland With patkas

Mar 26, 2010

by patkas handmade and vintage goods

In the continued spirit of Euro Week, patkas takes us on a tour of Poland. On-board the Shop Local train, we stop off to visit a handful of her fellow Polish artists who graciously share their favourite spots and local knowledge.

patkas: I lived in Warsaw for many years, but I always dreamt about living on the coast. My dreams came true when our family moved to a little village near Gdansk. Now we can often go to the beach — my girls love to swim and play in the sand. In the centre of our village we have a beautiful lake with a lovely little family restaurant. We love to go there for a walk and eat something delicious like an apple pie or a Polish pierogi. The lake is still covered with ice, but spring is coming very quickly and I hope that by next Sunday the swan family will have returned.

MadameVu: Here I am on my boyfriend’s balcony in Sekocin Las, which is situated in a forest just outside the boundary of Warsaw. It’s March now, the snow has just disappeared and the forest is becoming greener every day. I come here to rest from the busy city and to hunt for new inspiration.


celapiu: I live in Cracow. I like it here — the town is very beautiful, very old and has a very long history. Lots of tourists come to visit, but when you know where to go you can find quiet, deserted passages at the very heart of it. I seek these still roads and cycle through them every day.


malarys: I come from the South of Poland, but the place I love best is a city on the north coast called Gdynia. I dream about living there and I will one day! This picture was taken in front of the art school in Gdynia, which specialises in wood carving. Gdynia is part of “Three Cities”: GdaÅ„sk, Gdynia and Sopot, all of which are located at the beautiful Baltic coast. I’m inviting you all to come and visit!


madebyagah: I live in the southwest of Poland in a city that used to be the country’s coal mining centre. Once the mines were closed, the city started losing its splendour, and I cannot call the city anything but ordinary. However, located in a picturesque landscape of mountains and hills, Walbrzych is still worth visiting. Even though I am thrilled by the foreign cities I visit now and then, I cannot imagine living anywhere else but here. This photo was taken in my mom’s magical garden which makes a great escape for me, my husband and our two little ones.


sisicata: This photo was taken on the roof of my workroom. In the distance is the most famous building in my country — the Palace of Culture and Science. It was a controversial gift from the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin to the people of Warsaw in Poland, which at the time (the 1950s) was a satellite state of the USSR. The love-hate relationship of the native Varsovians with this building reflects the ambivalence of their relationship with their own recent history. Nowadays the building divides Varsovians into two groups — those who demand its demolition and those who admire it. Either way, the palace is an irreplaceable part of Warsaw and the only landmark for the lost tourist, showing him or her the way to the city centre.

Have you visited Poland or do you live there? Tell us about it in the comments! 

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dyed and shredded indigo tank top


  • masaoms

    masaoms said 8 years ago

    Amazing selection, some of my favs are here!! ;-)

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 8 years ago

    Beautiful piece on Poland. My good friend just made pierogis for us. Mmmm. Welcome!

  • heatbria

    heatbria said 8 years ago

    Poland looks so beautiful! I love that street in Cracow. Sisicata I adore your necklace do you sell that? The felted flowers are gorgeous too!

  • louloudo

    louloudo said 8 years ago

    looks amazing, I've always wanted to visit Cracow

  • lazygiraffe

    lazygiraffe said 8 years ago

    Very interesting article!

  • CarryTheWord

    CarryTheWord said 8 years ago

    Great place and things!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 8 years ago

    Grea article! Very interesting.

  • SchneiderGallery

    SchneiderGallery said 8 years ago

    fantastic, greetings from Poland to all :) and thanks for incuding my Lord of the Rings, I'm so proud to be among these wonderful items!!! Pozdrowionka i serdeczne podziekowania!!

  • Ayca

    Ayca said 8 years ago

    Looks beautiful! Great article


    HAREandDRUM said 8 years ago

    Pozdrowienia z Montany dla wszystkich krajanek! Super artykuł!

  • RenataandJonathan

    RenataandJonathan said 8 years ago

    Awww......I miss Poland. I love your blog. Thank you for the little piece of my homeland! Renata

  • craftylittlecritters

    craftylittlecritters said 8 years ago

    It's so beautiful and so many areas to explore!


    HAREandDRUM said 8 years ago

    By the way, my mom who embroiders for our shop lives IN Poland, in a village near Łódź.

  • adrienneaudrey

    adrienneaudrey said 8 years ago

    Very cool,lots of places I would love to visit. Great article!

  • katherynmd

    katherynmd said 8 years ago

    Wonderful article! Thank you for sharing sure great items/pictures too.

  • sweettidings

    sweettidings said 8 years ago

    great picks! can't wait to visit all the shops featured!

  • njurdesign

    njurdesign said 8 years ago

    gorgeous and such a nice story about poland! hope everyone takes a visit to the shops as well as the country! dziękuję! n.

  • martice

    martice said 8 years ago

    lovely article :) and I love poland (I've only seen Warsaw and Gdansk)

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 8 years ago

    I LOVE reading seller's descriptions of their homes that (to me) are in faraway places. "Picturesque mountains and hills, near the forest, the frozen lake, an old town full of history, the family of swans..." SIGH. Poland sounds magical. Thank you for sharing!

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 8 years ago

    I would LOVE to visit Poland and all the Eastern Euro countries! While visiting Paris, we met a Polish couple-her name was Moniqua and she showed us around-so friendly, warm and fun!! Cheryl

  • annawoz

    annawoz said 8 years ago

    Super, widzę że jest nas trochę na Etsy :))) A tak swoją drogą to może założymy polski team ?

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 8 years ago

    Such amazing talent! LOVE those bags!!

  • NinaMarieDesigns

    NinaMarieDesigns said 8 years ago

    I and my family are from Nowe Miasto, Northern Poland and was excited to see my fellow Poles exhibited so nicely. Wonderful creations! Great job!

  • danielabesso

    danielabesso said 8 years ago

    beautiful article thanks !!

  • sweetcarolinadesign

    sweetcarolinadesign said 8 years ago

    This was awesome. You never really hear anything about Poland. My family is from Poland, so it's nice to learn a little bit about the art that is from there.

  • cukierki

    cukierki said 8 years ago


  • nomadcraftsetc

    nomadcraftsetc said 8 years ago

    WOW! What a fun bunch of sellers! I always think it is amazing that we can converse and interact with people as far away as Poland! Thanks etsy for showing me these amazing sellers! Everyone of them is beautiful!

  • SchneiderGallery

    SchneiderGallery said 8 years ago

    Ja tez jestem za zalozeniem teamu, tylko kto bedzie prezesem, jakis ochotnik ? :)

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 8 years ago

    Beautiful article, photos and snippets from these artists from Poland. This was a welcome escape. Thank you!

  • patkas

    patkas said 8 years ago

    to może Anna skoro zaczęła wątek:) Great to hear all this nice words from you about polish team:) Greetings from Poland POZDRAWIAM:)

  • galit

    galit said 8 years ago

    Great article! I love Patka's work!

  • ElfedUp

    ElfedUp said 8 years ago

    Pozdrowienia dla Wszystkich wspanialych Polek na Etsy :) Maja Elfedup

  • BeautifulPhotoProps

    BeautifulPhotoProps said 8 years ago

    beautiful picks!!

  • MaaPstudio

    MaaPstudio said 8 years ago

    Cudowne kreacje!Pozdrawiam z UK :)

  • BeautifulPhotoProps

    BeautifulPhotoProps said 8 years ago

    great finds!

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 8 years ago

    lovely article!!

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 8 years ago

    Thank you for bringing a little piece of poland into my life...looks like a beautiful country!

  • PunkyShop

    PunkyShop said 8 years ago

    Well done Patka. Many thanks for promoting polish artists and including my piglet among all those great items. Annawoz ma świetny pomysł, powinniśmy (-nyśmy?) trzymać się razem. Jestem cały sercem za i wstępuję do klubu o ile tylko się zawiąże. Pozdrawiam!

  • CraftyMaria

    CraftyMaria said 8 years ago

    Fantastic to see my beloved Poland and Polish artists featured! Keep up the good work ladies.

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 8 years ago

    Love seeing the photos and hearing about Poland. My mom was Polish. Her parents moved to the US in the '30's.

  • sarahg16

    sarahg16 said 8 years ago

    Thank you so much for introducing these lovely sellers to us. I never new Poland would be such an interesting place to visit and live:)

  • TessaKim

    TessaKim said 8 years ago

    Beautiful photographs and article!

  • SouthernBelleOOAK

    SouthernBelleOOAK said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work and thank you for sharing a little bit of Poland with us. It reminds me of the handiwork my Babcia (Grandmother) did when she was alive. She came to the USA from Poland in the early 1900's.

  • AREjewellery

    AREjewellery said 8 years ago

    gorgeous shops! i already have two of these in my faves! Talented lot the Poles.

  • peppermintpeaches

    peppermintpeaches said 8 years ago

    I'm happy to see something about Poland. I hope I can visit someday, I know I've family somewhere there. Nice piece!

  • camillem

    camillem said 8 years ago

    I was born in Poland and love to visit! I really liked seeing it highlighted here - it is so beautiful but so often overlooked!

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 8 years ago

    great photo's - nice items : )

  • 35mm

    35mm said 8 years ago

    Great article and so true! I'm a native to Warsaw, but I studied at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow so I have a soft spot for the city. It really is breathtaking! It is so photogenic! Look into my shop for some really great night photos of Cracow! Living in Warsaw, you can really see the city getting lovelier and more metropolitan year after year. It's a must see for anyone travelling to Poland! Love the pink carnation tote! Pozdrawiam!

  • sassyphotocreations

    sassyphotocreations said 8 years ago

    Great article and gorgeous finds!Nice to see Poland stand out! Pozdrowienia dla wszystkich Polek na Etsy!

  • ClydeKellerPhoto

    ClydeKellerPhoto said 8 years ago

    A future destination for sure... Poland offers immense beauty and creativity!

  • patkas

    patkas said 8 years ago

    Dziewczyny zgłosilam już nasz akces Polish Etsy Team. Wzystkie chętne proszę się zgłaszać do mnie lub lub Mam nadzieję ze będzie nas duuuzo i zrobimy coś fajnego.

  • patkas

    patkas said 8 years ago

    Thank you all for nice words about Poland and our work as well. Poland is really nice place to visit. We have a lot of beautiful places to visit like, lakes, mountains, wild forests, and some lovely cities.

  • Simonka

    Simonka said 8 years ago

    Great article and great talents :) I'm half Polish and spend most of my vacations in Poland. It's a wonderful country and definitely worth visiting ;) My favourite places: Three Cities (Gdansk, Gdynia, Sopot), Warsaw, Wroclaw, and Cracow. Pozdrowienia z Niemiec! Simonka

  • good4you

    good4you said 8 years ago

    Yay Poland! My whole family is Polish. Awesome post.

  • ThePixels

    ThePixels said 8 years ago

    oh how pretty!!! my beloved country Poland!!!

  • galafilc

    galafilc said 8 years ago

    Hello! I am glad to meet my polish friend hear I am from Poland

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 8 years ago

    Poland looks like a fascinating place.

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 8 years ago

    Wonderful items!

  • DagnyKnit

    DagnyKnit said 8 years ago

    Pozdrawiam polskie artystki. Pomysł na "Polish Team"przedni;z przyjemnością się przyłączę. Daga

  • DagnyKnit

    DagnyKnit said 8 years ago

    Pozdrawiam polskie artystki. Pomysł na "Polish Team"przedni;z przyjemnością się przyłączę Daga

  • PunkyShop

    PunkyShop said 8 years ago

    Not only does it look like - it is fascinating!

  • morion

    morion said 8 years ago

    Godna braw inicjatywa. Piekny wpis. Pozdrowienia z Poznania! Karolina

  • SkyBox

    SkyBox said 8 years ago

    I love Poland!

  • magnesina

    magnesina said 8 years ago

    I ja przyłączam się do braw! :) Czekam na oficjalny start polskiego Teamu!

  • sisicata

    sisicata said 8 years ago

    :) To ja też się zgłaszam. Jak już formalnie zaczniemy istnieć jako polish team, dajcie mi znać. Ja wczoraj zrobiłam listę na weście z polskimi sklepami:) Thank You for lovely comments abt our country! Special thanks for Patkas, great article!

  • TwinDreamCreations

    TwinDreamCreations said 8 years ago

    Wonderful! Makes me proud to be Polish! Bardzo ladny!

  • madebyagah

    madebyagah said 8 years ago

    Polish Team on Etsy - to brzmi dumnie :D

  • ViVictoria

    ViVictoria said 8 years ago

    Zglaszam sie z przyjemnoscia, pozdrawiam goraco!!!

  • ClementinesJewelry

    ClementinesJewelry said 8 years ago

    Great article and beautiful finds!

  • nitelily3

    nitelily3 said 8 years ago

    I lived in Krakow and Poznan, but am now back in the US... Pozdrawiam z USA!

  • kissadesign

    kissadesign said 8 years ago

    Ooooh, Poland!!! Hope to journey there some day (sooner rather than later), as I have roots there! What wonderful finds!

  • redsofa

    redsofa said 8 years ago

    Wspaniale zechy! Dzieki za zdjecia i info! Do uslyszenia na Etsy-landzie kolezanki :P Pozdrowienia Aska z Canady

  • birchbeerboutique

    birchbeerboutique said 8 years ago

    gorgeous! gorgeous...

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome said 8 years ago

    Great article. This is becoming a great European tour.

  • molMolly

    molMolly said 8 years ago

    Pozdrowienia z Gdańska!

  • lilycobweb

    lilycobweb said 8 years ago

    Brilliant article and amazing sellers! I have Polish friends here in Ireland and would love to visit your lovely country someday:)

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 8 years ago

    gorgeous, just gorgeous!

  • annawoz

    annawoz said 8 years ago

    Wow, będzie team, bardzo się cieszę !!! W kupie zawsze lepiej :)))))))) Wstępujcie w szeregi !!!!!!!! Serdecznie pozdrawiam Ania Ps. Jak ktoś ma ochotę zapraszam, jeszcze przez chwilę, do oglądania polskich treasury'ów Ania

  • UnderReconstruction

    UnderReconstruction said 8 years ago

    Serdeczne pozdrowienia z Londynu dla naszych kreatywnych dziewczyn ! :)

  • pasin

    pasin said 8 years ago

    Beautiful picks.....

  • pasin

    pasin said 8 years ago

    Wonderful items...

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 8 years ago

    Very interesting article! We lived two years in Warsow :) really very interesting place and i visited very nice place also :)) Będzie team, bardzo się cieszę :) Feyza

  • AtelierRetro

    AtelierRetro said 8 years ago

    Świetny pomysł, pozdrawiam Koleżanki Artystki. Aga

  • annawoz

    annawoz said 8 years ago

    Założyłam wątek na forum Ania

  • classicdesigns48

    classicdesigns48 said 8 years ago

    I visited Poland many years ago to visit relatives. During that time we toured the Country. It is very, very beautiful. The last time I was there was before Solidarity. The Country was still communist. I would love to visit now and see all the changes since that time. We had planned to visit this year but unfortunately the trip did not happen.

  • ValerieTyler

    ValerieTyler said 8 years ago

    My ancestors are form Poland so I ADORED seeing all these photos! Thanks so much for sharing. (You are all so BEAUTIFUL!)

  • kadlubik

    kadlubik said 8 years ago

    congrats to Patkas and cheers to all fellow Polish creative souls! I am going to Poland next month...

  • MayaS

    MayaS said 8 years ago

    Great article! I live in Canada for more than 20 years, but it's always a pleasure to see Polish talent; congratulations on fantastic products and beautiful pictures! By the way, you can see that the beauty of Polish women is not just a myth! :-)

  • kmbutterfly

    kmbutterfly said 8 years ago

    I love it! I spent two weeks in Poland in high school and cannot forget the beauty of the Warsaw or Krakow--so unlike anything I had ever seen. I love the photos in this story; thanks so much!

  • kmbutterfly

    kmbutterfly said 8 years ago

    *and Krakow, not or :) It's a splendid article, really.

  • fiufiu

    fiufiu said 8 years ago

    Bardzo chętnie dołącze.... Kacha

  • jewelrybymichal

    jewelrybymichal said 8 years ago

    Wonderful items.I like it.

  • plumcreek22

    plumcreek22 said 8 years ago

    Thank you for this article. My good friend Renata is from Poland. There are many Polish immigrants in my state of Michigan. Dziekuje!

  • Lysulka

    Lysulka said 8 years ago

    Deszczowe pozdrowienia z Irlandii. Najwyzsza pora na polską grupę, nie miałam pojęcia, że jest nas tu tyle ;)

  • Lysulka

    Lysulka said 8 years ago

    My favourite place in Poland has to be the fantastic city of WROCŁAW, or WROCLOVE as people tend to call it.

  • Fanaberia

    Fanaberia said 8 years ago

    Świetny wpis! Ogromnie się cieszę. Jestem w Pradze,ale do grupy dołączam od zaraz:)

  • Fanaberia

    Fanaberia said 8 years ago

    Thanks for this article! I'm from Poland, Wrocław, now in Pague:) Dołączam do grupy natychmiast,choć wpisy z komentarzami wpadają mi w czarną dziurę :)

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 8 years ago

    I visited Poland the first time and it was like going home. Both sets of my grandparents immigrated to the US around 1905. I can't get enough of the Polish culture and hope to return in the future.Polska ja ci kocham!

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy said 8 years ago

    A big part of my mothers side of the family comes from Poland, yay!

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 8 years ago

    Very intriguing landscape and artists! Thanks for the enlightening article!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 8 years ago

    A lot of Polish people come here to work in the tourist industry during the summer & they're all so nice! I don't suffer much from wanderlust, but Poland is one place I'd really love to visit... just as long as I don't have to speak any Polish! :-)

  • MillieKat

    MillieKat said 8 years ago

    My Grandmother was Polish from a place called Glembokic, would love to visit and see the place she called home! Lovely crafts from there, great way to help me remember my loved one!!

  • boutiqueseragun

    boutiqueseragun said 8 years ago

    Beatiful finds

  • kocurek

    kocurek said 8 years ago

    Pozdrawiam wszystkich polskich artystów na etsy z Edynburga. Cieszę się ,że mogę być częścią Tej grupy. My familly city is Gorzów Wielkopolski but grew up in the Polish countryside, among the forests and fields:)). Joanna

  • Gazynia

    Gazynia said 8 years ago

    z największą przyjemnością dołączę do grupy:)

  • ameliamelia

    ameliamelia said 8 years ago

    This is exactly the kind of article that reminds me again what a treasure Etsy is! I love learning about a creative community in a far off place, and where else would you get to learn this great stuff!?

  • AccoutrementNouveau

    AccoutrementNouveau said 8 years ago

    Greetings from suburban Warsaw, Poland :-) It's very encouraging to see so much interest.

  • fishprincessdesigns

    fishprincessdesigns said 8 years ago

    All my grandparents were from Poland. I spent 6 weeks there-and would love to go back. Thanks for highlighting the work of the talented folks from Poland!

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 8 years ago

    Poland is beautiful! Go Europe!

  • rainpeople

    rainpeople said 8 years ago

    LOVE the knit animal theme scarves by 'celapiu', how creative & Poland.

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 8 years ago


  • FrancescaStella

    FrancescaStella said 8 years ago

    Great to see a piece on Poland and it's designers! Can't wait to take a trip there and see my roots.

  • jayceeoriginals

    jayceeoriginals said 8 years ago

    Poland looks a fantastic place to visit, it's definitely on my list.

  • Jansjems

    Jansjems said 8 years ago

    My heritage is Polish. My husband & I visited in 1979 when it was still under communist rule. Visited relatives in Southern Poland and spent time in Krakow, Wieliczka, & Zakopane. The country is beautiful and despite the govenment, I felt very much at home. Would love to go back again. Thanks for the pictures and little bits of information about the different cities.

  • ZenAndCoffee

    ZenAndCoffee said 8 years ago

    This is wonderful. My father's family comes from Poland (Im Irish-Polish) Fantastic collection! Thank you for this amazing feature!

  • modesign

    modesign said 8 years ago

    Swietna robota dziewczyny!!!wreszcie coś polskiego i o Polsce! Pozdrawiam!!! i chętnie się przyłączę....:)

  • bungaloe

    bungaloe said 8 years ago

    this is awesome i am half polish and it's so nice to hear such personal stories about living there. maybe someday i can go visit.

  • BlossomsnBows

    BlossomsnBows said 8 years ago

    Lovely article! and my dream destination! ALL of my grandparents came from Poland and as soon a my twins are old enough to appreciate it I will take them there to visit were our family is proud to be from! Looks Magical!

  • lelethi

    lelethi said 8 years ago

    Great Article... I was born there and will be visiting next month :)

  • brightcolour

    brightcolour said 8 years ago

    Great article & brilliant to see so many beautiful things coming from Poland. And what a stunning country! I have been twice and loved it!

  • ikona

    ikona said 7 years ago

    Witajcie! I am a Polish living in US. Swietnie, dolacze sie.

  • madebyzigzag

    Monika I. M from madebyzigzag said 5 years ago

    Swietny artykul! Samych sukcesow dla Ciebie. Przyjemnosci z tworzenia i kreowania na codzien.

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