After 3 years of shopping (and by that I mean not really shopping) in Germany with an outrageous exchange rate and high prices, shopping in Turkey has been AMAZING. Loves it. Maybe a little too much. You already know about my rugs, but now let me share with you some other things I love love buying here in Turkey.
(In case you don't know me, this post is not meant to brag, just to share. My husband and I follow Dave Ramsey's budget planning system, so know that we aren't dropping crazy money on things. We save up and buy things we love with cash. Not sure why I felt the need to add a disclaimer, but there you go. No nasty comments.)
Getting things framed in Germany was out of control. Because of that, we had a pile of things I wanted to put on the wall that just sat around because paying $100/frame wasn't going to happen. Luckily I live in Turkey now!!! So, I took in some photos I took in Dublin (thanks Snapfish for the great prints!), a print from the Van Gogh museum, and a papyrus from Egypt. All framed in a week for $80. Ludicrous!
The malls here, while more expensive than the small stores, kick Germany's butt! I found two stores I really like- LC Waikiki and Stradivarius. The one above is in Mersin, a coastal resort type town. We went there on Veteran's Day with a group from the base. When it was time to leave I got a little teary. It was so fun! I got a really cute faux leather jacket for 50 Lira! I got headbands for 15 Lira! I want to go back right now!