You could poke around in this string of antique shops for hours and hours.... finding everything imagineable. Old jewelry, furniture, post cards, clothing, signs, posts, pictures, badges, tools, bowls, flatware....what are you looking for?
More info on Antique Alley in other tips.
What to buy: Whatever....
What to pay: Think about what a well made table (or other) would cost if brand new....then remember the materials these old things are made out of. Is it a deal? usually...yes.
It's a Country Store ambience; a typical small house in lovely setting with beautiful garden practically draws you in.
What to buy: They offer products of mostly local and regional artisans but also candy and books as well as postcards. They make great gifts for the poor family and friends that had to stay home.
What to pay: averages prices
New Hampshire is a shoppers paradise as it is the only state in New England that does not impose a sales tax. There is a wide range of stores, malls, and factory outlets.
If you are located near the White Mountains National Forest, go to North Conway. Here are several factory outlet stores.
Conway is shopping in New Hampshire. Yes, there are ski equipment retailers but the big summer draw is the outlet mall. You have to ask yourself if it is a good idea to spend anytime here when the beauty of the New England mountains is all around. Shop at home. New Hampshire is for wonder.
The Common Man restaurant is on one side of the street in Ashland, and the country store that is named Common Man is on the other. It's like an old country store with homemade fudge, gifts, toys, household, all sorts of things to tickle your fancy.
definately stop in.... you are sure to find something you like.
New Hampshire runs the Liquor Stores and sales in this state. I do believe you can not buy from other sources - except for beer. They don't sell beer at the state stores.
No sales tax in NH!
Prices used to be well below other nearby state prices, but lately, IMO, that has no longer been true. You can still find bargains, but you should know your prices BEFORE going there is know what a good price is.
One example. A merlot wine that I get locally in CT for $9.99. Same price in NH store. I save the tax, but have to drive 100's miles - not worth the trip!
They do run special prices so if you are looking for something, you might get a really good price.
I have been mostly to the store in North Woodstock. Here is that store info:
North Woodstock Plaza
159 Main Street
North Woodstock, NH 03262 Ph: (603) 745-8922
Sun: Noon-5 p.m.
Mon: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tue: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wed: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Thu: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fri: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
What to buy: Spirits, wine - no beer!
The state site, below, has a link to prince lists but those might be for wholesale only. Check it out.
I picked sporting goods, but North Conway is a shopping mecca - NO SALES TAX!!
Many famous outlet brands and smaller shops with sale prices - some of them worth the trip. Seasoned shoppers should know prices to know if these "deals" are really deals after all.
The link below has lots of details for you.
Warning: Traffic can be hassle depending on the time of year - like foliage time - think Christmas shopping, Uugh!
What to buy: Housewares, clothing, shoes, sportwear, sporting goods.
What to pay: Know you prices BEFORE you get there. Some things might not be such a bargain, but there is NO SALES TAX in NH.
For truly unique items for yourself or to purchase as gifts, Stickney Street has it. Stickney Street is located on the Patio Level of The Mount Washington Hotel. It's the home of several shops.
One of our favorites is Cabot's Gift & Clothing Shop. It's an upscale shop that offers a wide array of clothing and novelties. I remember my non-shopping husband being interested in the merchandise of the shop. He purchased a hat and a belt for our daughter Jill, and he went so far as to ask me if there was anything that I wanted. I was floored.
I took advantage, however, and pointed out a very cute resort-type dress. Will wonders ever cease to be? This store sells Resort logo items, sundries, and even fresh flowers as well as the lovely clothes.
Another store I found interesting was White Mountain Arts & Literature which is located next to the Cabot's Gift & Clothing Shop. The great thing about this store is that it offers work from local artisans. In addition, they have a wide array of books concerning New Hampshire and by New Hampshire authors.
What to buy: If, while shopping, you feel hungry, you need to go into The Sweet Shoppe which is located near the Bretton Woods Post Office. This is a "Wow" of a place with all kinds of treats ranging from Mount Washington specialty foods to wonderful ice cream treats and Starbuck's coffee.
If you want more than a snack, try Stickney's Restaurant & Lounge. They serve lunch year-round and dinner during select seasons. They offer indoor and outdoor casual dining with panoramic views of the Presidential Mountain Range. They also have a lounge where you can quince your thirst.
The ultimate in luxury comes if you decide to use The Massage Center where they offer a variety of services to improve you health and well being.
Note: I had no photo of the shopping area so I'm using photo of Allan and Jill because to get these two inside shopping and enjoying it was, at that time, quite a big deal!
What to pay: Typical resort prices which are somewhat more expensive than normal.
Everyone that likes to shop should go to North Conway. There are tonnes of outlet stores there. A nice large outlet complex is the Settlers Green Outlet Mall.
The town has a nice setting, but it is definately over run with shoppers, so beforewarned, and if possible go on a weekday during the day in fringe or off-tourist season.
What to buy: Anything because there is no sales tax! A big difference from most of Eastern Canada where it is 15% or more!.
What to pay: A lot, so keep it under control!
Not one particular shop, but a nice street to browse, stroll and grab a coffee or a beer. You'll find it all, from antiques, arts & crafts to computer accessories.
What to buy: There's no sales tax in NH, so take advantage!
I haven't seen L.L. Bean outlets in California so had to stop when I saw the one in North Conway. Great bargains on great merchandise.
North Conway is one of northern New England's major outlet centers, with 200-plus shops located along its strip, which extends about 3 miles northward from the junction of Route 302 and Route 16 into the village of North Conway itself.
Among the name-brands shops are Gap, Van Heusen, Haggar, and Foreside. The Tanger Factory Outlet hosts the popular L.L. Bean factory outlet and many others.
What to buy: There is everything from purses, shoes and all types of clothing.
What to pay: Great prices, more than 50% on some racks.
As New Hampshire has no sales tax, this makes them even better bargains
I'm not going to name any specific shop, just stick to secondary roads and keep an eye out for any Mom & Pop shop that catches your eye.
Stay away from the large shopping malls in Nashua and Manchester. The mall stores do not have the best prices.
In the off-season (spring & fall after the foliage), North Conway has some brand-name outlet stores on Route 16 that usually have good prices on kitchen goods, china and apparel. However, I usually avoid that area in peak season because the traffic is pretty bad.
Tiny gift shop (I didn't go in) which is part of the grounds at Castle in the Clouds. Soulvenirs available along with books and brochures.
There is no sales tax in New Hampshire. As a result, there are lots of opportunities for shopping at the outlet malls in areas such as North Conway.
These little country stores have everything. Many times including a little dinner or lunch counter. Or shop for homemade souvenirs.
100 Portsmouth Blvd, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 03801, United States
Good for: Business
Stayed last psring and this summer and every time the service, accomodation and staff were amazing....more
21 Front Street, Manchester, New Hampshire, 03102, United States
Good for: Couples