I found at least 3 shops selling second hand books in Robin Hoods Bay.
The Old Chapel stocks a large selection of books, all categories, with some 1st editions.
They also operate a discounted return service, so if you've finished reading your book, you can return it, and get a percentage back.
UPDATE - Since my last visit, this is now known as Swell Cafe Bar/gift shop - I nipped in here, but didn't spot any old books.
Some new books/leaflets sold here too, mainly on the history/geology/wildlife of the area and some walking guides.
The shop in the 2nd photo had a smaller selection, but the prices were a bit cheaper. I bought a LP Iran guide here for £2 in very good condition.
What to buy: Rare Books
Local Interest books
Local walking guides
Paperbacks, for when the weathers not so good!
What to pay: From about 30p (for leaflet) upwards.
There are several gift shops offering the kind of souvenirs relevant to Robin Hood's Bay. Some sell Whitby jet jewellery which is very attractive, prices around £26. Others sell shells, semi precious stones or fossils which are native to the region.
Then there are the usual shops with buckets and spades, fishing nets on poles etc for the children.
What to buy: It all depends on your interests. I would have gone for fossils or semi-precious stones had the shops been open.
For children (and children at heart) the beach has plenty of opportunity for playing games, rockpooling and fishing etc.
This shop sells fishing nets, beach balls, kites, buckets and spades etc.
So if the weather's kind, this might be the place to stop off to purchase beach ware (plus food/drink etc)
What to buy: Bucket/spade
Fishing nets/rods/crab catchers
Possibly lashings of ginger beer!!!
What to pay: variable, pocket money upwards
This is possibly the largest shop in Robin Hoods Bay, It's my favourite!!
If you're self catering, there's a stock of basic necessaries, if a day tripper, films, souvenirs, toys, beach stuff etc.
My reason to visit however, is to stock up on locally produced foodie stuff!
As you can see from the photo, the windows are crammed full of jars of locally produced, home made chutneys, pickles, jams, preserves etc.
Great for gifts or for yourself! I bought a jar of Seaweed Chutney! It was delicious with cold meats, cheese etc!
Also, there's an extensive range of bottled Real Ales, and country Wines, again from local (Yorkshire) breweries etc. Theakstons, Marstons, Dent Breweries etc.
The lady who runs the shop was friendly and helpful- a 'proper' community shop with great 'old fashioned customer service'
What to buy: Locally produced goods
Chutney, jams, honey, preserves etc.
Real Ales/ Country Wines/mead
Cheeses and cooked meats
Cakes/buns/cookies/ Yorkshire Brack (From Bothams of Whitby)
Picnic fodder, gifts, self catering provisions/BBQ charcoal/ coal
Post cards/ stamps/ maps /guide books / pamphlets about local history etc.
Also check out the window for posters about local events, 2nd hand items for sale etc.
What to pay: How much can you carry??????
Buy here and help the local economy...
Robin Hoods Bay has a variety of shops for the visitor. The majority are arts & crafts, souvenirs etc.
There are also quite a few second hand book shops. A lot of the shops now seem to offer crystals, angels, 'alternative health' items etc. Also plenty of shops with local guides/maps etc.
My personal fave is Muirs store (see my other shopping tip for more details) lots of locally produced food and drink, for enjoying during your stay, or as gifts (I usually intend to give some of my purchases as gifts, but am very reluctant! ;-) )
My top tip, is to briefly glance at the shops on your way down the steep hill, then take a longer browse, buy stuff on the way back up. You'll have an idea of whats on offer, and its a good excuse for a breather on the way back up again. Plus you're not lumbered with lots of weight to be carrying around!
What to buy: Maps, guide books, post cards/prints etc
Second hand books
Local interest books
Souvenirs of RHB, Cleveland Way, Coast to Coast Walk, North Yorkshire.
Locally produced food/drink
What to pay: Pocket money to more expensive!!