So Many to Choose From: Sensible Shopping
I like to frequent the Charity shops, mostly. I can buy new things in America, so the thought of shopping at a department store in England did not excite me. Instead, the thought of finding someone's lost treasure donated to a worthy cause was a thrill for me. (Which by, the way, I found numerous one of a kind treasures for a little next to nothing!)
I only wish I could remember the names of the shops, but alas, I didn't think I would be writing to tell the world of my adventures in England. Anyway, there are many of these charity shops in most of the cities town centres and worth a look around, just to get a different kind of glimpse of history. On a rather funny note, I also saw souvenir items from America in some of these shops.
I did visit a few of the chain department stores, like John Lewis and Thorton's, but my main interest was used goods. You may wonder, Thorton's, a department store? Well, Chocolate, That's my department! Thorton's are everywhere in England, and suitable for any taste. Try the bite sized chocolate caramel biscuit treats. Reasonably priced, and incredibly delicious. I basically wandered around window shopping, and if something looked interesting, I went inside to further investigate.
What to buy: Anything and Everything! It is like a treasure hunt through time. You may find antiques, collectibles, books, jewelry, odds and ends, (bits and bobs), paintings, fine bone China (made in England, of course!), and even marbles!
Of all the things I could bring back from England, my best friend collects marbles! I found this marble dispay board for her that is ancient, and beautiful (for only £2!) The shop owners thought I was surely daft, asking them if they might have any marbles! Some even said they lost their marbles, years ago!
I actually found this board at the car boot sale in Wisbech, but I wasn't about to show you a pic of some marbles. My best friend has found marbles worth up to $1000.00! She just thinks they are pretty, and now, her unique, new antique ceramic display board is one of her most treasured possessions. (new antique ... an oxymoron)
Going through airport security, I had this item wrapped up in a few towels and shirts to protect it in my carry - on baggage. Right next to it was a small ancient Harrod's tin I found that I filled with antique and precious marbles. Apparently, it appeared "suspicious" going through the x-ray, as I had to send it through twice more. Finally, I had to take it out to prove it was no threat to anyone, and certainly not a bomb!
Another one of my greatest finds was a little atomizer perfume sprayer from Greece, with intricate details of the Romans, painted in black laquer, trimmed in gold, and very beautiful, for only 50pence! I ended up giving it as a gift to my neice, who is studying to be an aromatherapist, because she fell in love with it.
What to pay: Next to nothing! It will, however take some effort to find a worthy prize to accompany you back home.
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Classy shops at Student prices???
I am not sure where all the students get there money from as the shops I saw in the centre of Cmabridge were quite expensive. It didn't seem that they were only catering for the tourist industry either. The buildings housing the shops were lovely however.
Coffee Stall at Cambridge Market: Coffee beans from everywhere :)
This is a stall selling coffee at Cambridge Market. It’s open until 3pm. Wonderful variety of beans to choose from, and you can ask for them to be ground. You may have to queue for a long time since a lot of time and attention is given to every customer.
There are many well-known stores in Cambridge such as Marks and Spencer, John Lewis, and Debenhams. There are two main shopping areas in Cambridge: one on the old, traditional marketplace in the city centre, and the other at the new Grafton Centre. The Grafton Centre is a modern covered shopping centre with dozens of shops, including a department store, an eight-screen cinema, and restaurants. The open-air market is held every day except Sunday selling a variety of goods.
There are many other interesting shops around Trinity St, Rose Crescent, Green Street, Benet Street and Mill Rd. King Street and Burleigh Street have a lot of charity shops.
Cambridge University Press Book Shop: books, books glorious books
For a good book, you have to visit Cambridge University Press book shop.
Cambridge University has its own publishings and many of the sientists who work in the University publish their works trough the Press.
Worth browsing for few hours.
Continental Stores: Italian Delicatessen
A place to buy ingredients for a picnic or stock on Italian products. This shop is run by an Italian family. Apart from the obvious such as pasta & rice, olive oils, cakes and cookies, they also have fruit juices and a very decent selection of olives, cheeses and ham... And they bake their own bread :)
Touch Wood: Special Toys and Lovely Pigs :)
Small shop selling specialized toys, not that many plastic articles in store! They have all sorts of toys in solid wood, metal and really cool terracota building blocks.
I'm in love with this gorgeous babe sitting pretty by the window :)
Shop opens Mon to Sat from 10 to 5:30.
Bad news everybody: as from July 06 this shop is no more! I cannot believe it, my favourite shop is gone.
The Grafton Centre
Walk east across the park from the central bus station, and you'll come across more shops, and at the eastern end of these, there's a useful indoor shopping centre.
I often drop by to browse though the CDs and DVDs in the Virgin Records store, or go to the Warner Village cinema in the complex. But there's also a Debenhams department store, a good branch of Heffer's bookshop, a Mothercare shop, a BHS and many more. While the redevelopment of the city centre is going on (until 2008), the local John Lewis department store also has it's temporary new home just next door to the Grafton Centre (it's moving back across town when the redevelopment is done).
Unusually for Cambridge, there's also plenty of parking and there's a bus stop outside, but it's an easy walk from the centre, too.
Sainsbury's: City Centre supermarket
If for any reason you're self-catering in Cambridge, or you just need a snack, then it's worth dropping into Sainsbury's. Prices are often much keener than many of the other city centre food and grocery sellers, and they have a good range of take-away food, with a wide range of sandwiches, drinks, a salad bar, and take-away coffee is cheaper than elsewhere in town.
As well as food and drink there is a good range of newspapers and magazines, and chart CDs at bargain prices.
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whittard: SWEEEEEEET SHOPPING1
i did have lots of free time after class when i was in cambridge,so i usually went shopping with my friends in the city centre, there are really really lots of shops,and of different kinds,for example i did like a tea shop named "whittard",i think it's a chain store,and it sells fruit tea,flower tea,coffee,chocolate,mugs and whatever u can think of,and everything there was sooo cheap (compared with other stuff in uk),the clerks there did serve good service as well*s*
What to buy: tea,coffee,chocolate,biscuits,tea gifts,mugs,etc.
Talking T's: Great T-Shirts!
There are several places to buy good quality T-shirts in Cambridge, but this is my favourite. The shop has a great range of designs, quite a few funny ones in there, and they usually have several Cambridge-related ones should you need a souvenir. They also do custom t-shirt printing to order, and sell via their website should you need to buy one from afar.
What to pay: 15-20 pounds mostly.
second-hand stores: sweeeeeet shopping2
there are really many second-hand stores in cambridge,u can find lots of amazing stuff at a low price,and some old things as well,my friend bought 2 british hats,really......big,but sweeet as well and really cheap,u can find many second-hand sotres on mill road
What to buy: anything u want
Bradwell's Court: Drummer Street
A small shopping centre with a through walk, of typical style for its time. This is due to be demolished to be replaced by a more modern shopping mall.
It can’t be called as shopper’s paradise but still could find bit and pieces.
The Magic Joke Shop: This is college prank headquarters at Cambridge
Now who would think a joke shop could do good business amidst 31 colleges in Cambridge? Evidently there must be significant demand for mega-strength fart gas ("with dead rat smell") and whoopee cushions in the esteemed halls of Cambridge University.
Though they look intelligent on the telly's "University Challenge", those Trinity College scholars are really just a looney lot of smartypants who go around placing fart cushions on the academic chairs of their professors.
Now although this is indeed a joke shop, the proprietress didn't think it was all that funny when I asked her if she has jumbo knockers. You see, she actually has a nice rack of big knockers...on the back wall of the shop, but she somehow thought I was referring to her own ample bosom. Imagine that!
So I should add that there is a small section in the rear that contains adult merchandise, or "rude products" as they are called on the shop's website. (I knew she had 'em!)
What to buy: The shop also has helium filled balloons and Halloween costumes for children, unless you are an adult that wants to put on an Elizabeth mask along with a big "Happy Birthday Cake" hat and sing "God Save The Queen" after inhaling helium into your vocal chords. (See photo #2)
See the website for more products available in the shop.
What to pay: Plenty of items for less than 5 pounds
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Fopp: A great little CD shop
This is rapidly becoming my favourite store for CDs and DVDs - while it has all the usual new releases, what makes it special is the great prices on less recently released stuff - lots of good CDs for 5 pounds, for example. They also have a small selection of bargain books and dance music on vinyl.
Bear in mind that DVDs may not be playable outside of Europe unless you have a multi-region player.
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