The English Bookshop: Secondhand books
The English Bookshop is on the main road that cuts through Sabinillas en route south.It's run by a very pleasant English gentleman who loves to chat with his customers and is very helpful. It's quite a small shop but what a wonderful service, eliminating the need to cart heavy books along in your suitcase. He has new and secondhand books, mostly fiction but also travel, gardening, history, hobbies etc.
Mon-Fri: 10-2 & 5-7.30
Sat: 10-2 only
What to buy: This shop is best for seconhand fiction to read while you're on holiday and which you can leave behind when you're finished. They also carry a good range of fact and fiction on Spain and I finally bought my own copy of Jason Webster's book 'Duende' which I had previously had out from the library at home. The selection of new and secondhand fiction is excellent, ranging from old penguin classics to sci-fi and romance. Definitely something for everybody.
What to pay: From about EUR4, upwards
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Sunday Market in Sabinillas: Market Day in Sabinillas
The Sunday market in Sabinillas has now become so big that it is held outside the town in the local
Feria ground, off the N340. It's on from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. and if you want to get the best of the bargains, then get there as early as possible. I loved this market, as it wasn't too crowded and you could see things without having to push or jostle your way to the stall counters. This is where local people come to buy clothes, handbags, shoes and fake designer sunglasses at knockdown prices. From my perspective and compared with prices in Ireland, these things were all remarkably good value. There were also antique and bric a brac stalls, a lot of local craft, fruit, veg, curtain materials and all the usual market goods.
What to buy: I bought a canvas tote bag, some jewellry and my sister and niece bought sunglasses and leather slip-on shoes. These shoes were only EUR 6 per pair and were really beautiful. There was very good value in readymade tab-top curtains in gorgeous shimmery material and the usual colourful selection of ceramics. I enjoyed the buzz here and couldn't help noticing how many of the stallholders were English. These people do the market circuit four or five days in the week and seem to thrive on it. Suppose it beats doing 9-5 in some boring office job!
What to pay: As much or as little as you like. There's something for all budgets.
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