Once every three weeks the Cambridge Lions Club put on a great Street market which is held on Victoria Street. It is a brilliant way to enjoy a Sunday and a good excuse to get out of bed early to look for lots of little finds.
What to buy: Many of the items for sale at the Street market are second hand. People sell their unwanted items at a stall and people come to purchase whatever tickles their fancy off the seller. Some items are made by the seller such as Preserves and crafts, other sellers sell things such as affordable socks or cheap bags which they have purchased while they have been overseas and sell them at their stalls. But the majority of stuff is of the second hand and antique variety.
What to pay: How much depends on how much the seller has on his or her pricetag. You are most welcome to bargain for the item if you think it it too expensive. Some items are a little bit over priced so it pays to do your homework on items that you are keen on. I am very partial to pink glassware from the old days and some of the stuff I know I can pick up reasonably cheap here or at a Second hand shop such as Red Cross for example. I also collected seven little "Straw" people over a period of time which I thought would go nicely in my next home that I decorate. These cost me $3.00 each and I got to know the seller quite well who is now a friend of mine. My Mother Mary looks after my "little people" while I am away here in Saudi Arabia. Jack the "Straw" lying down on the right hand side travels with me. A Foreign Minister you see hahahaha!!
Cambridge is known for it's Antique shops. These shops are all just as good as each other and they all have the most beautiful things inside from Furniture to Jewellery, Books to Paintings.
There is a bit of Englishness to this town and it is quite appealling to many a visitor. Not only are there the Antique shops but there are often many Antique fairs, Craft markets, Church fairs and a Street market which is held once a month by the Local Lions Club. There is always something on in this town and if you like old things or enjoy going to fairs, markets and so on, Cambridge could be the place for you.
What to buy: There are many special little items for sale in the shops and many take us back to the old days where you can purchase fantastic things that were built to last. Today we seem to be a disposable society where things are put together very quickly and they die much quicker than some of the old things. As a lover of Antiques and Collectibles I have come across beautiful old lemon squeezers made from heavy glass, an old measuring jug that looks just like new and is great when you are using an old cookbook and want the measurements from the past, Gollys (I collect these little fellows) who were popular and often seen in Enid Blyton's Childrens stories right up until the seventies. My biggest find to date is a copy of "Little Black Sambo" which I only paid a mere 0.50 cents for in a big book fair a few years ago. That book is perhaps worth a fortune now.
What to pay: Most of the prices in any of the Antique shops do have a price tag on them but you may be able to strike a deal with the dealer especially if you pay cash. Markets, fairs and Gala days may have set prices also but you may be able to negiotate depending on what it is they are selling. As things are becoming more and more collectible, sellers are putting up their prices on items. Sometimes you may come across a Doulton jar for a minmal price but check it out before buying it first, it may have a crack or a slight chip which is why the seller has let it go for a lot less.
Cambridge Country Store is one of the first things that you will see when you come into the town from Hamilton. It stands out from many of the other buildings because it used to be a church and it is also very pink. Downstairs you will find a collection of local and NZ wide arts and crafts and a small Cyber cafe, while upstairs is home to a Cafe called "All Saints".
What to buy: Going through this little place is extra special because it shows off alot of little things that puts New Zealand on the map. There are alot of Paua shell (Abalone) jewellery pieces, Photo albums made from native New Zealand woods, Preserves made with a touch of New Zealand flavour such as a Kiwifruit jam. New Zealand Greenstone (Jade) used to make necklaces, pendants, earrings. This is just a small sample of what you can purchase here.
What to pay: Prices vary from item to item. It all depends on what you are looking for.
This gallery has available some very tasteful art and souvenirs. From paintings to pottery, carvings and sculptures, there is something for everyone. I would like to mention in particular the very nice handmade jewellery here, of which I have bought some and am very please with . People constantly comment on it’s originality and beauty.
This shop is on the main route, State Highway One, and it is likely you will pass through Cambridge at some point. Situated across the road from the KFC eathouse, you can park outside reasonable easy, or park near KFC and cross the road.
What to buy: Jewellery, Pottery, Art ... souveniers etc.
High quality here in this store.
Here you find a very nice café, Internet Access and Tax Free Shopping for travellers. And the craft shop sells very tasteful and high quality New Zealand art and crafts.
What to pay: These fine NZ crafts are at the top end of the price scale for such things, but the quality is very good and worth the money.
What to buy:
My favourite flavours are:
But there are so many flavours to choose from, there must be something for you.
Sorbet is a great option if you can't eat icecream.
What to pay: $2.90 to $5.00 for most normal sized waffle cones.
We decided to visit Colonial Antiques mainly because the building was attractive, and it was pouring with rain, but once inside, there is something to interest everyone, from crockery/china, old books and much more.
This gift/homewares shop was very well stocked, and had many interesting and different items I hadn't come across in our first few days of the holiday.
There were t-towels, NZ products like specialty soaps, homewares, jewellery and more.
What to buy: I found the simple design (ie not set in gold) paua jewellery more reasonably priced as almost anywhere else we saw in NZ.
I bought 3 different Paua shell necklaces, backed in silver, on leather 'chain' with clasp, for only $8-$11 ea (and later in other shops I saw similar for as much as $20) so they were a very good buy for me.