Bookery I and Bookery II: Used, rare, travel, and other misc books
Both of these book stores, located in the Dewitt Mall, cover a range of books. Bookery I focuses more on the used and rare books. Bookery II has a bit more in the way of travel books, NY state travel books and NY authors, local interest, etc.
Both are open from about 9-9 Mon- Sat, Sun 12-6.
What to pay: At Bookery II, the prices are more in line with other, "mainstream", bookstores. Bookery I prices are higher because they are more rare.
T-Shirt Express, Day and Night: "Ithaca is Gorges"
What to buy: No trip to Ithaca is complete without buying an "Ithaca is Gorges" T-Shirt or bumper sticker. Styles vary include "Ithaca is Cold" (my favorite) "Ithaca is Gangsta" (only acceptable if you are a local) and "Ithaca is Cloudy" (kind of lame).
What to pay: A basic t-shirt will set you back maybe $10-15
Greenstar Cooperative Market: Organic, fair trade, delicious
I bought after-sun treatment with lavender, a sandwich for my bus ride, a delicious drink for while I waited for the bus, and some hemp lip balm. Had I enough time in Ithaca, I would have stocked up on the wonderful looking produce and the amazing variety of bulk items. This place rocks!
What to buy: Because it is just across the street from the bus station, I recommend stopping over for a snack or sandwich before you climb aboard. It's a grocery store with a twist.
What to pay: The prices were very reasonable. It's not the place to find weekly specials of two for one...but for an organic market, it was surprisingly affordable. My sandwich was $4 and my chai (cold) was $1.75.
Ithaca Farmer's Market: Fresh Fruit, Coffee, T-Shirts, and Gifts...
It's covered, but it's also open-air. The Ithaca Farmer's Market is an excellent stop for breakfast or to browse local produce and crafts.
Located at Steamboat Landing every Saturday and Sunday, it's also open for summer months on Thursdays and also on Tuesdays at Dewitt Park.
What to buy: Everything you can get your hands on! No really, there are so many wonderful delicious items...and some unique items as well. Look around once, then go back a second time for the shopping.
What to pay: Fair prices.
Autumn Leaves bookshop: books galore
This store just expanded into a great space on the Commons. It used to be a cozy corner bookstore, but it got cramped. Now it's in a bigger beautiful store with great lighting, comfy chairs, a great kids area, and a cafe in an upstairs balcony area overlooking the store. The cafe serves Vegetarian and organic food and drinks. It also serves as a meeting place for lots of groups that are open to the public. Check the sign board at the bottom of the stairs to see what's going on.
This is a used bookstore with a huge selection of all types of books, fiction and nonfiction. I found some amazing deals on books that I couldn't find anywhere else.
There's also an ATM in the store in case you're looking for one.
What to buy: Books and coffee!! They also stock some smaller things at the payment counters up front like bookmarks, postcards, and specialty chocolate bars that donate a portion of their proceeds to environnmental causes and saving endangered species. I highly recommend the wolf-bar which has cranberries and almonds :)
What to pay: Since these are used books, they're cheaper than new, but they aren't always dirt cheap. Generally, expect to pay about half of list price. They sometimes have great bargains: I've always seen a $1 rack in the front of the store, and make sure to check out their bargain table towards the front. I've gotten some great hardcovers for $5.
Waterloo Outlets: More shopping around Ithaca
The Waterloo Premium Outlets lie on the other end of Cayuga Lake. You need about an hour to drive there from Ithaca, but every time I'm in Ithaca I take a trip up there - I really like outlet shopping, especially since we don't have much of it in Europe (it's just off the New York State thruway if you come from the other direction).
The outlet center is huge and quite pleasant. All the hundred or more shops are situated around a gigantic parking lot, the centre of the outlets. You can walk around it once and go into all the shops you like. Unlike the really cheap outlet center in Niagara Falls, this one is a bit posh, i.e. it has a lot of designer label shops and also furniture, leather, cosmetics etc. However, there is something for everyone. I have my two or three stores there where I get exactly what I want dirt-cheap! It's just so great to pack the clothes in by the kilos, isn't it?
What to buy: Gap Outlet
What to pay: A bit more than at a usual outlet center, but there are still great deals.
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Pyramid Mall: Ithaca shopping
Pyramid Mall isn't a special mall, just a regular one, but I guess the one to go to when you want to go shopping in Ithaca proper.
It has some nice shops as for clothing, Sears, Aeropostale, Abercrombie, American Eagle, Old Navy, Target, Shoe Department etc.
There also is a small food court, a Borders bookstore, a Best Buy and you can get your hair cut.
What to pay: Normal prices.
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Used bookstores in the Commons: Books books books
As you might have been able to tell, I love books and reading. Especially in English. Every time I'm in Ithaca I have to get some new books, and for that I go to the Commons in downtown Ithaca. there are two or three used bookshops that are very good. Huge, organized, nice atmosphere, a paradise for me.
Since the books are used but in good condition, you are obviously able to make bargains.
What to buy: Books of almost every kind.
What to pay: About half-price of what books usually cost.
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Arnot Mall - Elmira: Shopping around Ithaca
The Arnot Mall in Elmira lies about a 30-45 minute drive away from Ithaca. Every time I'm in Ithaca I go there at least once for some shopping. I always find good deals there, and the shopping is pleasant since I have never found the mall crowded. They have a good selection of shops, and actually there are a few, small outlets near the Arnot Mall which can be good.
What to buy: Mostly clothes and shoes.
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Ten Thousand Villages: amazing housewares
This is a great shop. It's an international artisan shop that pays the people what their crafts are actually worth. They get things in from all over the world - carvings from Burkina Faso, weavings from Central America, Fair Trade/Equal Opportunity coffee and teas. You get the idea. They have everything from ceramics to hammocks to handmade wrapping paper to mirrors. It's an amazing store. They also accept Ithaca Dollars (see my note under local customs). This store is worth supporting!
What to pay: The prices are actually reasonable for handmade goods. It also supports people around the world.
Dewitt Mall: A different type of mall
There is The Bookery (a great place) and The Bookery II here. There is a knick-knack store, a children's toy store, some craft stores, a stamp/coin shop, and the big draw...Cafe Dewitt. It has wonderful teas, coffees, other drinks, and there are lots of wonderful, not too expensive food choices. Good for vegetarians, too.
The Moosewood is also in this mall, but I don't recommend it. They've changed drastically in the last twelve years or so. It's more like a merchandising machine than anything else. The Vegetarian food isn't the main focus anymore.
What to buy: Most of it's pretty cheap, so buy lots!
Ithaca Commons: Many shops and cafes and restaurants
There are many excellent gift shops with local artists, decent restaurants, bars, a mini-mall, outdoor seating, playgrounds, science displays with the planets, music playing, and on and on.
Definitely stop by the Commons while in Ithaca. It's at the bottom of the hills. Free/cheap parking is available off East Buffalo...is it East Buffalo? Hmmm. I'll double check on that.
What to buy: Sadly, no longer can you buy the smiley faced cookies. Sigh. So support the local business! Great wedding gifts available at several shops. Happy hunting!
Pyramid Mall: Not a Shopping Mecca
Let's face it. One does not visit Ithaca New York for the shopping. However, if you are a student or passing through, one available option is Pyramid Mall. Anchor stores now include Target, Sears and Bon Ton.
Cornell Bookstore: More than Just Books
The place to buy everything Cornell.
What to buy: In addition to t-shirts, sweatshirts and boxer shorts with the Big Red logo, you can find many Cornell-insignia items such as socks, belts, photo frames, ties, glassware, decals, umbrellas, and more.
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