Sporting Icons: For sports and music fans
This is a really interesting shop, situated on the Rows as you head towards the racecourse. It specialises in sporting and music memorabilia - signed shirts, photographs, CDs, boxing gloves, that kind of thing. It's a fascinating place to visit just to see what they have on sale - almost like a museum! The staff are very friendly and don't mind you popping in just to look. When we visited, the boxer Ernie Shavers was there to sign a few items for the owner. so you never know who you might bump into. You can sell your own memorabilia to the shop, valuations are provided.
What to pay: It's amazing how much memorabilia sells for - the sales assistant told us that some people prefer to invest their money in this area than to invest in pensions! I didn't see anything in the shop that was less than £140 (that was for S Club Seven's autographs!), and several items ran into the thousands. Some items didn't have a price label (like the Muhammed Ali stuff) - I guess that if you have to ask, you can't afford it :-( You don't have to be a buyer to visit though, staff are happy for people just to go and look at what they have.
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All of Chester: Christmas gifts
Chester is an old English town full of character, charm and all things British and as such looks just fantastic at Christmas. I don't know about you but I love Christmas, everything about it apart from shopping that is but wandering in and out of the old shops, seeing some real gifts and not being greeted by a new Santa on every corner makes for a welcome change. There is plenty to choose from, new and old and once you're spent up you can go for a nice hot chocolate and admire your purchases.
What to buy: Whatever takes your fancy really. I like to shop for antiques and curios, anything else you can buy anywhere but if this is your thing then shop around, some dealers can be overly pricey.
What to pay: Same as usual -How big is your wallet.
Misc. shops: The Rows
The rows are a couple of streets with 2 stories of shopping. Everything you could think of you can find here.
What to buy: Antiques and books.
What to pay: Depends on what you are looking for.
Tudor antiques - Collectable Dolls: Diddy Dolls House
This cute shop looked liked a dolls house - appropriate as collectable dolls can be bought here.
What to buy: Antique and collectable dolls.
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