What To Buy In York, England

what to buy in york
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Located between London and Edinburgh, York is a great place with North York Moors, Wolds, and Yorkshire Dales as its neighbors. It has a growing population of 207,200 people and is known for its historical landmarks such as the City Walls. Tracing its roots from both the Vikings and the Romans, York is a place filled with good amounts of history and is very rich in culture. They have at least one festival per month all year round. Some of the popular attractions of York are the York Cold War Bunker, Castle Howard, the Holy Trinity Church, and Bootham Bar. York is also a great place to shop for various items. If you are visiting the place and are planning on purchasing a gift or memorabilia, here are a few ideas on what to buy in York, UK.

1. Chocolates

Made from the seeds of the cocoa tree, chocolate has been one of the most famous food all over the world since the ancient Olmec, Aztec, and Maya civilizations. Today creating chocolate has become an art in itself. Chocolate is easily one of the most popular presents that people tend to share due to its ease of packaging, good shelf life, moldability, and sweet taste. If you are currently in York and is looking to purchase some chocolate, then you are in luck, the place is filled with chocolate shops, ranging from stalls to custom chocolate shops.

2. Vintage items

Whether you are looking for a 70’s vinyl record, a vintage transistor radio, or just about anything as long as its vintage, then try going to York. They have a whole list of flea markets and dedicated shops for vintage goods. If you are looking for some hard to find vintage items, then you should mark your calendar for the York Flea event. A lot of people looking to sell their vintage items usually end up at this event. A great thing about these events is that you can pretty much get an awesome vintage item at low prices since a lot of these items don’t really have standard pricing. It is all up to your negotiation skills.

3. Medieval collectibles

The medieval times have lasted a few centuries, from the 5th century up to the 15th century. It is a time famously known for its dominant use of castles, kings, knights, and different armaments such as swords, shields, spears, bows, arrows, and armors. Finding items from the medieval period is a challenging task since a lot of the items are either destroyed, recycled, lost, or are in the hands of collectors and museums. If you are currently in York, then there is a good possibility (at least better than most places) that you might be able to find medieval items in antique shops and collectors from the area. It is definitely worth a try.

4. Pop figures

Pop figures are one of the most popular collectible items that almost everyone can collect since they are relatively cheap. They are manufactured in huge sets, presented in beautiful display boxes, and companies have models for almost any famous personality, cartoon, and anime that you can imagine. York is a great place to purchase some of these items per piece or even in bulk. A funny thing about pop figures is that on many occasions, certain pop figures are only made available in certain places. York or UK, in general, is a place where pop figures are not banned due to their design.

5. Harry Potter merchandise

Who doesn’t love Harry Potter? If you are looking for a place where you can geek out your fondness for the Harry Potter series, then York is the best place to do so. Some of the places you may appreciate would be the York Train Station (the bridge where Harry and Hagrid walked over in The Philosopher’s Stone), Diagon Alley, and of course different Harry Potter merchandise shops such as The Shop That Must Not Be Named, The World of Wizardry, and The Boy Wizard.

6. Jewellery

Jewelry has been a fascination for many people starting from the ancient times. A great thing about jewelry is that they can be seen as an investment, the same as how you would view the bullion or the numismatic coins and bars. Not only are they beautiful but the cost of its base materials are a lot more stable than the fiat currency we are currently using. They have a good chance of appreciating in value both for the jewelry’s raw materials and its collectors’ value. If you are in York, Uk looking for jewelry, either as an investment or a gift to yourself or a loved one then you are in luck. They have several jewelry shops that you will truly appreciate such as Fraser Hart.

7. Flowers

If you are looking to buy flowers for yourself, a loved one, a friend, or a business partner, then York has a good variety of shops and stalls where you can shop to your heart’s content. Why flowers? Flowers is one of the most versatile gifts a person can give to another person. Giving a certain kind of flower can have different symbolism and can mean different things to different people. Blue flowers are seen as a sign of peace, pink for youth, red for passion, and purple for admiration or accomplishment. A great thing about flowers is that they are not as expensive as other gifts but are still well received by anyone whatever their status or position in life may be. Thus making it a good gift as it is universal, inexpensive, beautiful, and in any circumstance is always a good gesture.

York, a great place to shop and hunt for collectibles

The Shambles, York (8464)
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Nilfanion used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Whether you are looking for items as a gift to your loved ones, items for your collection, or for memorabilia, York is a great place shop and hunt for these items. York has a good variety of shops, stalls, and flea market events to sell you just about anything.

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