Populer Leather Market: Leather shopping
After visiting archeological sight we were brought to the Populer Leather Market where we could find many original goods at 'factory prices' and to see their leather clothes show.
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You can also watch my 2 min 14 sec video clip Leather market near Selcuk.
Shopping in Sirince
Sirince is a small village but as tourists come here there are many shops/stalls selling souvenirs.
There are two specialities in Sirince and it is lace (and other textiles) and local wine. In Sirince there are many small wine-shops selling different sorts of fruit wine. Some are too sweet for my taste but I found a nice white dry grape wine. And it was very cheap,
3 500 000 TL (I paid only 3 100 000 TL as the shopkeeper didn't have change for bigger notes). In the wine-shops you can try the different wines to find one of your tast.
Many pensions in Selcuk have their own carpet shop. There are also a few in town. There are many nice carpets, kilims, sadlebags, saltbags etc. If your intension is to buy something it can be good to look around and only buy it if you really like the item and know you will enjoy it at home (then you should not think of if you paid the right price or not).
Harry's Rug Gallery: Carpets, Kilims and Cicims
If you're interested in buying or just learning about carpets, kilims or cicims, you'll have plenty of carpet shops to choose from. I recommend going to Harry's. He's an easy-going guy that will be happy to share with you what he knows.
Get a load of my travel shorts/pants! They are the ones that zip off to become shorts. Stylish they weren't, but when packing light, efficiency takes precedence. I was happy to retire those things at the end of our trip.
What to buy: ground coverings from all over Turkey and the surrounding regions
What to pay: If you decide to buy something, bargain HARD, and don't be shy. Start at a third of the asking price and meet somewhere in the middle.
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open market only on Saturdays: Market day in Selcuk
The market in Selcuk is a great way to see one. It is a little touristy yet still holds the charm of past years.
Everything from tomatoes, spices to the kitchen sink can be bought here.
Great deals on clothing...tables and tables of 2nds sold for $1-$5 a piece. Some have faults in them so pick carefully.
The fruit and veggies are wonderful comming from local markets.
People from all over turn up and families make a day of shopping, socializing and being seen.
What to buy: Fruits and olives come to mind as they are grown in the region.
What to pay: If a table has clothes thrown on it then the price is set and dont expect to be able to batter. If the clothing is folded neatly in rows and rows chances are they are more expensive and you can negotiate on the price a bit. If you are buying fruit and veggies dont barter unless you are buying a few KG worth.
Yes bananas are expensive in Turkey as they are imported.
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By Museum: Souvenirs
When you visit the Selcuk - Ephesus Archeological Museum, you will see quite a few souvenir shops. Prices at these shops were higher than in the town centre. Some of them even had prices in Euros, obviously for Cruise ship passengers that come for Ephesus. The shops in town have the same souvenirs for sale, so shop there, or at the Saturday market, its cheaper!
What to buy: There is a nice Backpack/Shoulder bag made out of Turkish material. I only saw it around this area, so if you see one, buy it!
what to buy in Selcuk: what to buy in Selcuk
As expected there are some stores that sell souvenirs in Selcuk and many stand alone merchants in critical corners (near Artemis Temple, beside Isa Bey mosque, outside St John Basilica) and of course many souvenir store on both ends of Ephesus archaeological site.
In the town center we noticed some pedestrian street with stores covering different items, carpets, clothes, leather, jewelry etc There are also banks and ATMs in many corners (one was outside the tourist information opposite the bus station)
But the only shopping we did in Selcuk was buing supplies from the local super market but we were also surprised of the outdoor fruit/green market late in the evening (pic 2). Have in mind there’s a weekly big outdoor green market every Saturday. We also bought simit from the lady that sells it at the corner outside the supermarket.
If you visit Sirince you may add some soaps in funny colorful shapes, lace and some fruit wines.
Black Sheep Carpets: Shopping for the Black Sheep
In an overrun trade, Black Sheep carpets sets itself aside from the usual throng with its unique pieces (not just carpets) and its salespeople (not the typical pushy crew). It is a place you can hang out for days and drink apple tea without feeling the pressure to buy anything. You can mingle with Turks and view the most unique carpets, kilims, shawls, etc. for prices below the rest of the competitions. Its a place where backpackers, students, and travelers avoid because of the carpetsellers reputations, but once inside, can never leave!
What to buy: Among 70 carpet shops, with small town prices (as opposed to Istanbul), Black Sheep Carpets is a great place to shop for carpets, kilims, and other handiworks. Also pick up a bottle of Sirince wine from a nearby village.
What to pay: depends on what you want!
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Moon Light Silver: See Ephesus, Shop at Julia's in Selçuk
Shop all you want at Istanbul's Grand Bazaar. If you are coming to Ephesus, however, and that means Selçuk, then BUY at Moon Light Silver, owned by Hülya Çelik. The owner is funny, direct, and very honest. The prices at Moon Silver make this store special.
The shop is clean, well lit, and packed with gifts and souvenirs. Bags, shawls, and hand crafted jewelry. Well made and quite beautiful. You will not be pressured to buy another carpet here. There are many testamonials about Moon Light Silver across the internet. All positive.
Walk in as a tourist, leave as a friend.
What to buy: Hand crafted silver jewelry. Cashmire pashminas.
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Saturday Open Market: Levis 501 and shirts
Saturday Open Market in the the main square is the placxe to go for all your bargains.
If you go for the Turkish labels instead of the fake designer labels then there are real bargains to be had.
Expect to pay about 1 lira for boxer shorts, 5 lira for shirts and about 10 lira for jeans.
What to buy: Keep away from fake designer labels and then you get the bargains
What to pay: Haggle, haggle and haggle. or stand around and see what the locals are paying.
Lace in Sirince
What to buy: Anything lace...table runners, pillow cases, bed spreads, the hand-knitted lace are so wonderful, it will look nice displayed in your home. You can also buy nice blouses and dresses with the hand-knitted lace at the sleeves and collar.
Angel, who sells her wares outside Kale Han Hotel: Buying real hand made LACE
This lady, called Angel sells her hand made Lace outside the Hotel Kale Han every morning till lunch time.
She makes this lace in her home and it is the best I have ever seen and the price is very reasonable.
What to buy: Expect to pay around 10 Turkish Lira for some Lace 60cm by 30cm or 2feet by 1foot.
She will even make you a piece escpecially to your specifications at no extra cost.
Give this lady a chance to sell her Lace as it is real hand made and ideal for the easy to carry gift.
Angel lives just metres from the hotel and if you like you can ask her to show you how she makes the lace. This in itself is very interesting.
Her English is a little short of being perfect but, with a few hand signals and smiles you get what you want.
What to pay: 10 Turkish Lira and up to 20 lira for a large piece of her work.
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Julia's Moon Light: Not Just the Shopping...
This shop is actually next door to my own, and I have gotten to know the lady who owns it fairly well. She is full of the unexpected, so be prepared to have fun and laugh. She'll be the first to tell you that she is the only female shop owner in Selcuk, and she loves talking about women's rights (as a female Turk!) It is a shopping experiece to make note of, as many stores are run by overbearing males. Julia is a good conversationalist, and will make sure to pin an evil eye on your shirt to keep away the bad luck.
What to buy: She carries lots of small gift items at a reasonable rate, but I think the greatest part of the shop is the jewelry - handcrafted silver and stones at prices far less than other countries charge.
What to pay: You can find a variety of items from $1 to $300. Prices are very fair in my opinion
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Pedestrian Shopping Streets: Nice area
Selcuk has a very pleasant shopping area which is served by pedestrian streets with metal arches. The town centre is very clean and well kept which probably is because of it being a tourist town where money rolls in from the nearby Ephesus ruins. There's some nice restaurants, a few bars and shops selling carpets here along with banks, ATM's and such like.
Selcuk town market
The town market on Saturdays offer an enjoying shopping to the visitors with great variety of food and textile!
What to buy: You can find very cheap textile and the freshest vegetables, fruits every season...