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Brighton Shopaholics Anonymous

aug09 024If you like to spend money like there is no tomorrow, a visit to Brighton will n0t tame your addiction. You can stay on the beach but the moment you hit the town your wallet will be out and you’ll be spending.

One particularly good thing to buy in Brighton is vintage clothing. Head to Snooper’s Paradise on the North Laines or visit the outdoor weekend antique market. If you are staying in Kemptown and want to go retro-active, go head to Kemptown village and go to the indoor antique’s market (you can’t miss it) or go visit my friend Peter at Paros Antiques. He sells paintings, memorabilia for the home and vintage jewellery. He’s also nice to have a chat with.

If you are a choco fiend, head to Roly’s fudge in the North Laines. I don’t even like fudge but I love this place. You can get Brighton rock or toffee apples on the seafront/pier but this is top of the line “junk”. Roly’s makes their fudge in the store and it is possible to obtain fudge so recently made it is hot and chewy.

If you are a really girly girl, you’ll love Velvet on the North Laines. This is a “satin, lace and potpourri sachet” in the drawer kind of place. My friend drooled all over the notecards and dresses here.

If you are looking for leather-less leather looking shoes, Vegetarian Shoes is of note. This is one 0f the few places in the country to find truly vegetarian shoes. After a visit to Animal House where all the toys are so realistic and cuddly, you’ll hardly feel comfortable buying leather unless you can seperate the two in your mind. Seriously, Animal has every animal toy you can think of.

Brighton is truly a city of boutiques but all the chains are alive and well here including Heals and TKmaxx. If you’ve had a cocktail at Browns around the cornerĀ and want to be able to make one yourself, buy a professional cocktail shaker at Heals to take a bit of Brighton home with you.

Another shop worth a mention is Evolutions, which sells earthy/inexpensive things for the house. It is often possible to obtain keepsakes in here for just a few pounds and jewellery from foreign lands at low prices. The outlet for this store is on Western Road and has even better deals than the regular North Laines location.

For a more risque present for yourself or someone else try Taboo near the station. This shop has a great video selection and good selection of toys. Taboo has won awards for the qualityof it’s merchandise.

No matter what you are looking for, you’ll probably be able to buy it in Brighton. Look for me at TKmaxx by the handbags. aug09 031

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