You will find very cute pepper/spice hand grinders that are made of copper/brass/steel. They look very ethnic and are ideal gifts.
What to pay: 8 TO 10 TL for the slightly big one, and 5 TL for the small one. This is the standard price all over Turkey, if someone asks for more, bargain!!
All over Turkey you will find Turkish delight being sold. Before buying some to take back home, make sure you taste the different varieties. There are ones with fruits and others with nuts and dried fruits. Be aware that the cheaper versions use corn syrup/sugar and is harmful for health. Buy from reputed shops. VT member Omer (Steam &Rain) took us to a 300 year old shop where we got authentic Turkish Delight and one can truly tell the difference.
You get Turkish towels made of bamboo fiber which are super soft and super absorbent. We picked up 3 towels at Pammukale and paid 50 USD for the same. They are vacuum packed and occupy little space in your suitcase. Regret not buying more of these!
Turkey is famous for Turquoise jewellery, gold and silver jewellery. However, I strongly recommend going with a local who has a fair idea about these items, otherwise you are sure to be taken for a ride. There are many varieties and qualities of Turquoise. I have heard of many stories of how foreigners have been duped by jewelers. There are many imitation jewellery options which look equally attractive that you can choose to buy. Gold and silver need to be certified and hall marked. Bogus certificates are also issued!! So unless you have a fair idea about jewellery, do not venture into buying expensive items, stick to imitations that cost just a few Liras.
You will find Turkish eye items all over Turkey. You could get key chains with attractive Turkish eye designs for as less as 1 TL. You can find wall hangings, key chains, car hangers, mobiles and so on -- all made of the Turkish eye design. Take time to see all the different variations before buying.
What to pay: between 1 to 10 TL depending on the design and size, very big ones would cost more.
There are many shops selling onyx items especially in the Kusadasi/Pammukale/Izmir region. Make sure you bargain in the factory outlets and also check if cups/mugs etc are leaking. We ended up paying 50 USD for a beautiful mug but when we reached home, we realised that it leaks!!
What to buy: plates, artifacts, mugs, tea sets, clocks, bowls and much more...
We were taken by our tour operator to an outlet called Popular Leather near Pammukale. They claimed to be suppliers to many popular brands such as burberry, channel, Luis Vitton etc. In spite of the many warnings that we had had, some co passengers ended up buying items such as jackets. They paid around 500 USD for some jackets, we found replicas of the same sold for less than half the price in some shops in Istanbul!! The factories claim that their quality is superior, but since I have been closely associated with the garment industry in India, I do know that it is not a well founded claim!!
What to buy: Leather jackets, bags, shoes, belts, caps...
If you are keen on buying carpets made of silk/wool then it is better to go to a factory but make sure you know the price range beforehand, otherwise the factories which take commission from tour operators fleece you thoroughly. Kilims can be bought outside in various shops that you would find all over.
What to buy: Carpets are made of either silk or wool. They are also made of synthetic fibers which tend to be cheap.
Kilims are like Indian Dhurries and are made of cotton threads.
Kappadokya region is where ceramics are made. However you get it all over Turkey. The price difference is not much, so you could buy at your last stop.
What to buy: Bowls, plates, clocks, coasters, wall hangings, mugs, cups, tea sets etc.
What to pay: There are different qualities, ones which has an embossed kind of effect and the others plain. We paid around 50 TL for 4 coasters that had the embossed effect.
Mavi is a Turkish brand that sells jeans, shirts, jackets, mufflers etc. The style is good and reasonably priced compared to other European brands.
What to buy: Jeans for sure!
What to pay: On an average a pair of jeans cost 120 TL
What to buy: If you are a true coffee lover, and that doesn't mean Starbucks coffee, you absolutely must buy and drink the Mehmet Efendi coffee. It is exceptionally strong, has a devouring smell and wakes you up immediately. It is also a perfect gift for family and relatives. In my case, my boss is considering a promotion for me, that's how much he loved this coffee:)
You are staying in apartments then you probably need some drinks food. You have to find a shop then "Tansas" is yours.
What to buy: If you want to shop local products, you can find a lots of them. In the city the supermarkets are closed at 8pm, but in Marmaris they are open after midnight! Buy local products!!!!!!!!!
What to pay: Prices for locals. Cheaper prices than in all shops around Marmaris.
There is a huge variety - lamps, candle holders, dishes, scarves, jewelry of all kinds, leather goods, purses, shoes, antiques, gold, ceramic goods, typical souvenirs, and more. There are also many exchange shops inside if you find you need more money!
What to buy: The are a few different bazaars but try to find one which it's not only for the tourists.
The bazaar is really cool as well. It was fun to walk around and browse.
You could spend a whole day there, so definitely budget some time to do some comparison shopping as many many shops have thKalpakçýlar Caddesi
What to pay: Kapalýçarþý, which burned in years of 1546, 1618, 1652, 1660, 1695, 1701, 1750 has always been repaired after each disaster. After all this, it had undergone great damage in the earthquake of 1766. It is partially burned in fires of 1791 and 1826. The bazaar which had just regain is composure was again shaken by an earthquake in 1894 this time. It catches fire again in 1954 at the latest and could only be repaired in five years.
It had begun to rain so we ducked into this little shop. To be greeted by a friendly lady by the name of Katapa. As we browsed around her shop, she let us know all items in her shop was hand made and hand painted by herself. She offered us turkish coffee and told us she can even read coffee cups. We never had our cups read but had a great chat about life (mostly hers) while she painted, smoked and drank coffee with her female friend of 30 years at her side. Although beautiful we never brought anything from her little shop, but had a great time appreciated all the effort into making her products with the most friendlest local we met in URGYUP while we waited for the rain to pass.
What to buy: Hand made, hand painted pots vases etc in the Anatolian Style
During my recent trip to Konya, Turkey I saw a store with many boxes clearly from China containing items representing 90% of the store's merchandise. I entered an adjacent store with much the same stock and asked what in their store was made in Turkey. They boldly lied to me saying that everything except for a few items on a small table near the doorway.
So, perhaps, this should be in the warning tip section.
What to buy: In China, I once bought a genuine made in China knockoff of a Gucci wallet stamped with both the Gucci trademark and "Made in Italy". The vendor honestly told me it had been made in China. In Turkey, a vendor tried to convince me that a very very similar Gucci wallet also stamped "Made in Italy" that he had for sale had been made in Turkey! The price he was asking and the reasonable quality slightly below that of the real Turkish wallets I had seen, indicated that either the wallets came from mass producing China or were stolen property. He did not seem to look like a thief, so I concluded that he was selling a Chinese knockoff of a Gucci wallet and trying to convince me that it was a genuine Turkish wallet stamped "Made in Italy". I needed a wallet because my earlier Gucci had prematurely fallen apart. So I bought it for $3.
What to pay: In Turkey, you can usually expect to be asked to pay the price of the authentic item for any fake. And since the asking price for authentic items is likely to be a multiple of the market price, you can lose double. You must learn the features of quality and the market price ranges before you bargain. And do not be fooled, most of time the extra you pay will never reach the producer who spent all that time creating the object. Because really fine authentic carpets and kaleems can cost thousands of dollars you can lose some pretty substantial amounts through gullibility or ignorance. Also you should recognize that carpet dealers pay 25% if not more to "referring" cruise and tour operators. This represents money indirectly out of your pocket.
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