Monday, 23 August 2010

Browsing in Barnard Castle ~ Part 2

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The final part of my day in Barnard Castle - you can see Part 1 here. What I really love about Barnard Castle is how uncommercialised it is. Most of the shops are independently run with few of your typical high street stores. I find this a very rare feature these days when any town or city in the country very much blends into one with the same shops selling exactly the same products often with the same layout. You don't feel as though you have travelled anywhere new as they are all identical to one another. I don't know if this is just an English trait or whether other countries around the world suffer the same.

Yes, you will find that these small towns with their independent shops are more expensive than the large chains but I really hope that people see that the extra few pounds are worth spending to maintain them. It would be so sad for little towns like this to cease trading.

When I am trying to come up with new places to visit, this would be my exact criteria - antique and vintage shopping, with some culture, lovely old-fashioned eateries and with an un-bustling atmosphere. Can any fellow Brits advise me of other similar places I could visit? Or friends abroad, do you have favourite quaint places that you like to frequent?

28 comments:

janettaylor said...

Such lovely things!

Kitten said...

Lovely!! <3

Venn said...

i love the vintageeee suitcasee! :DD

xoxo

Rosie Unknown said...

I love the typewriter, so pretty!

It's pretty far, but my town in Atlantic Canada has some good food, and not too many vintage or antique shops, but lots of independent boutiques :P

Style Eyes said...

Bath and some of the surrouding towns are great for all of these things.

❤Cate❤ said...

wow this place looks amazing so full of treasures xoxo

Shamini said...

wonderful pictures!
thanks for sharing!
kiss

Sher said...

I wish there were beautiful quaint places like these where I live, sadly no. That's why I always dream of living in the UK:)

xx

Stéphanie said...

Fabulous pictures !

Leia said...

Beautiful shots! You always go on the most fun adventures :)

Leia

Susu Paris Chic said...

Such lovely details. Yep, all the illustrations on my blog are mine:)

Bardot in Blue said...

looks like fun! so many things to be discovered!

Lala said...

Cute pics, like them.

xoxo lala

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Harriet said...

Beautiful - I love those old suitcases and the quilts!

Elizabeth @rosalilium said...

Too many lovely things to comment on here but I totally agree with you about the abysmal state of English high streets - they are so generic and bland. I would love to see an independent revolution in consumerism but I guess people like what they know, eh?

Porcelain complexion said...

Beautiful images as always.
I adore shops like this, they have so much character & charm.
I miss browsing through them - with my current job I work 6 days a week & unfortunatly they're not open when I have the time :(

Barbara said...

such great photos!! everything looks beautiful!!

Kristin said...

So charming. Love the stacked valises!

Imogen said...

What a lovely collection of very pretty items. You always have such beautiful pictures.

Vicki said...

aww i love how they have displayed the yarn as ice cream cones! how cool!! great photos as always my dear! :) x

Ena said...

Such lovely things! I love browsing through small independent shops too, so this town looks like a dream place to me!

*Ena*

yiqin; said...

They are all so pretty :)

Lauren said...

Totally gorgeous, be still my beating heart for England!

Helen said...

oh what a lovely place! those crochet blankets look lovely.

WeShop said...

Fantastic pics, love the last one - so cute. Will have a think about places for you. I love Harrogate but not sure how it is for vintage shopping. St Andrews is a lovely place - coastal castle, lots of tea rooms, uni town so imagine there'd be lots of book shops and second hand clothes shops (or do students just go to Primark now?!). xx
http://www.weshopthereforeweare.co.uk/

Poppies and Sunshine said...

You have captured such great things. Photography like this really helps to appreciate the little things. I wish I had more quaint places to frequent here.

Velvet said...

Unfortunately in Spain happens the same, whatever downtown you walk by, you'll see the same shops.

I love the photos you took.

SabinePsynopsis said...

Love these pictures. I think I want to visit a castle now!