The market at the base of Sidi Bou Said is fun to shop in, but beware of the merchants being overly pushy. They wouldn't let up! If you so as much as look at something they will follow you and pester you with negotiations until you get out of the market.
Unique Suggestions: It is fun to shop in the market- if you like something than negotiate. Stick to what you want to spend and the merchants will come down substantially. My friends found a mosaic that they wanted to buy. The merchant was selling it for 100 Euros. They ended up getting it for 30 American dollars! So if you are willing to walk away, you probably can get the price you want!
lots of stuff for sale, colourful souvenirs, ceramics, rugs and carpets, tiles, stuffed camels - but lots at over rated prices, try and haggle a bit.
bought a rug - bought lots in morocco etc - and they tried to tell me they were 120-200 years old!! come on do i look that stupid!!
i did buy one i liked, with lots of intricate weaving or embroidery - despite them trying to tell me it was 80 years old i ignored that j- especially when they wouldnt give me any info cert with it if i wanted to sell it in the future say - but thats okay , its a nice rug and i think it was worth the price i haggled it down (with the use of a tunisian acquaintance - who no doubt got some commission but thats okay too)
Unique Suggestions: haggle, dont pay the first price unless you are happy with it - shop around a bit, preferable dont make Sidi Bou Said your first intro to shopping and prices in Tunisia.
I bought some tiles with sidi bou said pics and colours on them, probably overpaid, but they threw as a bonus an excellent candle lite holder made in ceramic birdcage style - and it didnt smash on the way home and i love it!
Fun Alternatives: go shopping at the Tunis or Sousse of Mehdia souks first or instead! and take photos of the handicraft scenes that you liked!!
also rugs were much much cheaper down at Medinine - at the ksour souk.
The main street of Sidi Bou Said is fullfilled of shops where the seller (as everywhere else in Tunisia as in the Medina) will try to sell you whatsoever. Keep in mind that here the prices are pretty high, so if you like some stuff, then you must bargain.
Do not listen on them telling that the price is convenient or whatever they would say...just keep on!