Rye is full of secondhand/antique shops - and people come from all over the place to shop here.... even from the continent! You can buy all kinds of stuff you would find at any boot/jumble/garage sale and pay a lot more for it.... on the other hand... there are definitely treasures to be found too. Some of the shops are genuine antique shops and the prices match.
What to buy: Anything collectable. French kitchenware, vintage clothing, glass, silver, costume jewellery, china.... the list is endless. Also... visit Rye Pottery and the gallery shops if you are looking for antiques of the future.
What to pay: Nothing is really cheap here, but some places might be prepared to..... lets say..... "discuss the price".
Remember aniseed balls? Sherbert dabs? Rhubarb and Custard? Humbugs? Pear drops? Gobstoppers? Lemon sherberts? Stem ginger, peanut brittle? Well... all of those and many many more can be bought here for 100 times what you probably would have paid for them in the 70's! :)))
Rye is full of these old retro/nostalgia kind of shops - it makes for interesting window shopping!
What to buy: Sweets
What to pay: I didn't buy any but it was fun looking... expect to pay anything up to a couple of pounds per quarter!
Every Wednesday, just oppposite the Tourist information Centre from 10 to 13
What to buy: You can get food for a picnic full of taste at a reasonable price, I have tried a bit of everything cheese, bread, beer bought from the stalls and eaten on a nearby beach. The beer was hot therfore we left it for when we got home, but the cheese and bread were delicious.
Other stalls sell plants, veggies, sauces, friendly and passionate people. Recommend a visit.
This used to be Rye Grammar School - but has always (well... in the last 12 years at least) been a music shop.
What to buy: CDs