Monday, October 1, 2012

Do they even have that in Poland? #10

Card stock. Where the heck can I find it? And today, not next week from an internet store, but today  And not at an "art store" because they only sell single sheets, and they are rude there. Yes, every art store. The people are rude. So, for the love of all things made out of wood, especially paper, can someone please tell me where I can buy a freakin' package of "card stock" paper.

Thank you. That is all.

List of places I've searched...

1. Carrefour
2. Tesco
3. Real
4. Fancy art store
5. Internet

Places yet to look...

6. Em'pik
7. "Paper store"


A logical place to look would be a paper store but I don't know where one is around here, and silly me, I thought one of the other thousand's of places that sell paper of some sort would have a thicker paper than a sketch pad. Martin will be googling it today (what is the word we are looking for? brand name? anything to mean "card stock" thickness of paper) but I'm gonna be honest, as I'v said numerous times to Martin, and now to you all, this running around and trying to locate things that really should all be in one place (IMHO) is really starting to get on my nerves. Please, Hobby Lobby, open a store in Krakow. You will never regret it.  And is this what everyone meant when they kept telling me that it was "harder" to live in Poland, because so far this has been one of the hardest parts? Not being able to get stuff...and not because it doesn't exist, because God forbid I ever ask that question, but because you have to know where to go to get it.

On a similar note, can someone tell me where I can go to have things printed out in large quantities with color and on high quality paper. Is there a way to do this online, like uploading documents and then going and picking them up? And not at Carrefour.

And where do you go to print out pictures, again, is there a place to do this online or do you just go to the print shop and give them the flash drive?

Trying to make some projects, people.

 Findin' it hard to finish them...

I appreciate all your help with these types of things. I really do.

And now, on a completely different note, but also involving trees...here are some pictures from a little hike we took this weekend near Ojcow. I could not get a good picture in that forest, lack of light and a dying camera battery made it difficult but you can imagine a beautiful forest and easy path that led to the ruins of a small but important medieval hillside Fort. The trees are starting to change. Very beautiful. And warm, so warm. Only under the trees was it cool but otherwise a warm end to September.











26 comments:

  1. The last time I bought card stock was at Empik, but not the Empik near me, but another, bigger Empik (more running around). It was by the sheet but self-serve. I also bought it at a "paper shop" (more running around) and we achieved some understanding in a "who's on first" kind of a way. I asked for cardboard, but only thinner when apparently I should have asked for paper but only thicker. Anyhow I got it but it was single-sheeted so I cannot give you a brand name. I guess this answer is not really helpful at all, actually, except in a misery loves company kind of a way.Good luck.

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    1. Haha, yes, it is helpful because if someone tells me that there just isn't a place where I can buy packages of thick paper then that's fine. But I just keep thinking that it's out there somewhere, just waiting for me to find it. But if not, ok then, one sheet ast time it will be!

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  2. I sometimes buy "papier wizytówkowy" - greeting card paper by sheets at a little paper shop/bookshop at Teligi street, to print out diplomas and whatnot for kids at school. Good selection, most of the time. They also do print-outs from flash drives, though I'm not sure about sizes. They are good at finding things for customers when they haven't got them in stock.It's a little shop right by the Prokocim Szpital tram stop. I hope it helps.

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    1. Thank you. I think I need to visit one of these paper shops and just hope I know enough Polish to convey what I need. I'm sure it will be fine.

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  3. > is this what everyone meant when they kept telling me that it was "harder" to live in Poland

    Yes, it's part of it. I would say 1/10. I deal with that particular one by ordering lots of things online. Patience. Inner Peace.

    For card stock I would try a scrapbooking supply store. I can see there is at least one in Kraków. Also, check "Bristol board" on Wikipedia and then switch to the Polish article. It may approximate what you want. If it does, ask for "brystol" in paper stores.

    For printing in Kraków you can try Unidruk or Beprint.
    As for printing pictures "zdjecia internet" gives lots of hits on Google. Foto4u offers 24 hours service if you pick up in one of their places in Kraków (about 40).

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    1. Foto4u is exactly what I was looking for, thank you!

      Ordering online is perfectly acceptable if I just knew where to look. I will just keep looking.

      Thank you for the print shop recommendations. I will search immediately.

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    2. online I would recomend polish eBay www.allegro.pl or stuff searchers
      ceneo.pl
      skapiec.pl

      cheers
      xgda

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  4. At Carrefour I have bought thick (index card thickness) plain white A4 paper of a type that might work for you. However, the sheets (10-20 or so) were sold as some sort of art/drawing tablet, so there is wax (leaves no residue) attaching the sheets at the top rather than the stack of sheets you seem to be expecting.

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    1. I know what you're talking about. I think we have some. Carson brand makes some good drawing and writing tablets that are thick but not quite thick enough. I will just need to go back tot he art store and stare down the lady. ;)

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  5. Olivia, do you mean "construction paper"? I think card stock paper is similar to the thickness of construction paper. Ask for "blok tekturowy", they also should have "blok rysunkowy"- for drawing. They have them at Papirus stores.

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    1. I think it's Brystol. I think that's what they call what I am looking for, or else, Brystol it like poster board which is different although much thicker than paper.

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    2. Sorry, Olivia, blok techniczny not blok tekturowy :)

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    3. Brystol is thicker than paper from blok techniczny.

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  6. For the card stock the keyword is "gramatura" - the weight of a square meter in grams. According to Wikipedia, card stock is between 135 and 300 g/m2. I found something like that on Allegro.pl, search for "Papier ozdobny kolorowy A4 200g".

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  7. " blok techniczny " - size A4 and bigger A3

    Szał dla Plastyków
    31-015 Kraków
    ul. Pijarska 2

    http://www.szal-art.pl/language-En/

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  8. Our Tesco store here in Bydgoszcz has cardstock right now maybe because of the back to school season. Also 2 weeks ago Lidl grocery store had plain and printed cardstock on sale. You might check your local one out and see if they have any left!

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  9. Yep. I was just gonna say that Lidl had lovely card and crafting packs. They often do actually. I got some nice card from Empik the other day and Rossmann does an online upload service for photos and then you can pick up the stuff in your nearest shop without extra charge, or have them delivered. I like the fact you can pick it up in the shop actually. It's faster too. :-)

    In regards to your question, if that is what people mean with harder?! I think it is harder because you need to get to know your little spots and adjust your life accordingly. It's the uncertainty mixed with everything new anyway. That's quite a lot of unknown there and it is a challenge. I agree. But it's all fun of the adventure and having done this move to a different country for the 2nd time now, I can confirm that it is really rewarding when you do get there in the end. It presents new ways to do things and that's definitely great. It broadens your thinking and stretches your imagination. I hope you can see it that way a little bit. It takes off the edge a bit.
    Much love from Gdansk
    Janine

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  10. New York drove me crazy because I had to shop in three different places for one meal. After a while, I didn't mind it so much since I knew what was where and could navigate my little granny cart to each. Plus I liked getting to know the small shop owners but it was a LOT of walking and sometimes frustrating having just come from a city with everything in one place by a car (which we didn't have in NY). Good luck! Sounds like you have a lot of suggestions here.

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