Hay-On-Wye Shopping

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    Bookworm selfie
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    The shop from the inside
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  • Murder and Mayhem from the outside
    Murder and Mayhem from the outside
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    The Old Electric Shop: Not only books

    by King_Golo Written May 14, 2015

    This shop could easily be in London - a large space filled with art, clothes, crafts, books, furniture and vintage objects. If you are in need of a break from all those books everywhere come here, get something to drink or eat in the café or wander through the industrial-looking rooms full of interesting stuff. I saw countless objets d'art which I would have loved to buy, but the suitcase was already full with books...

    What to buy: everything from children's toy cars to vintage clothes, cinema seats to dusty bottles

    What to pay: more than average

    The Old Electric Shop

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    Rose's Books: Taking a trip down memory lane

    by King_Golo Written May 14, 2015

    Rose's is your number 1 if you are looking for rare and out-of-print children's books. The shop has been around since 1982 and is, unlike most others in Hay-on-Wye, quite spacious and not chock-a-block with books. Instead, what you get is a very fine selection of books which you might have come across during your childhood, but which then disappeared from the shelves and could not be found anymore. Well, here's the place to get them.

    What to buy: children's books

    What to pay: in some cases more than elsewhere, but we are also talking about very rare books

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    Murder and Mayhem: Whodunnit?

    by King_Golo Written May 14, 2015

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    Opened in 1997, Murder and Mayhem is and has always been dedicated to detective and crime fiction as well as horror books. If you happen to like books of this kind, this is the place to be. Like all the others, Murder and Mayhem is full to the brim with books, but as a plus this shop is, according to the proprietors, "the most bizarre and most outrageously decorated bookshop in Hay-on-Wye". Sadly, I read this only after leaving the town, because this was the only famous bookshop that we didn't enter. Yet another reason to come back!

    What to buy: books

    What to pay: average prices

    Murder and Mayhem from the outside

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    Richard Booth's Bookshop, Café and Cinema: The biggest and most beautiful bookshop in Hay

    by King_Golo Written May 13, 2015

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    This is where it all started: Richard Booth, self-declared king of Hay-on-Wye, and his first second-hand bookshop in town. He doesn't run the place anymore, but it still bears his name and is still the largest second-hand shop of Hay-on-Wye. Moreover, it's a beautiful place - not as soulless as the chain stores in big cities, but full of creaking floorboards, old and incredibly cosy armchairs, piles of books that make you want to read them immediately and much more. Definitely a place to visit!

    What to buy: books

    What to pay: average prices

    The shop from the inside

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    Hay-on-Wye Booksellers: Crammed, well-sorted and highly interesting

    by King_Golo Written May 13, 2015

    A small bookshop, but one with a lot of character and countless books. Hay-on-Wye Booksellers is chock-a-block with books of all kinds - from cookery books to history reams, from novels to photography volumes. The strangest book we saw there - a shelf hugger, I'm sure - was "The Noun Phrase in Bengali". I was about to buy it, but then I went for a collection of classic detective novels.

    What to buy: books

    What to pay: average prices

    Bookworm selfie

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    all of them: Books, books and more books

    by SallyM Updated Mar 16, 2007

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    Hay is famous for its bookshops, of which there are many. Some are antiquarian, specialising in rare and first editions, some, such as Murder and Mayhem, specialise in particular subjects, others just sell second hand or new books. There is also at least one shop selling remaindered new books for £1 each.

    One word of warning though - check your purchases carefully. I got a bit over-excited purchasing the odd book or fourteen, and when I got home found that one of my remaindered books was missing some pages.

    What to buy: Books

    What to pay: Anything from £1 to £lots.

    Book shopping al fresco
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    hay Craft Centre: Very special jewellery

    by christine.j Written Oct 14, 2006

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    There are actually some stores in Hay on Wye which don't sell books but other things. I found the stores in the craft centre very nice. My favourite one had all sorts of jewellery, in all price ranges. It was fun just to look around and even more fun to go back and buy some earrings.

    Next to it there is a fudge store, where you can get a lot of different sorts of fudge and chocolade.

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