Must-see shopping in Connecticut

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    Housatonic Trading Company

    This funky unpretentious dealer has an eclectic mix of antiques, fashion, fun stuff, furniture, books and bric-a-brac spanning decades, at reasonable…

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    Book Barn

    Bibliophiles rejoice! You have nothing to lose but your cash at New England's self-proclaimed largest used bookstore, spread now over four locations in…

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    Truffle Shots

    Why not just take the good stuff out of a truffle and serve it in a shot glass? That's the genius behind Sherry's little shop of shots, which also…

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    Wild Bill's Nostalgia Center

    About 10 miles south of Old Wethersfield on the outskirts of Middletown, Wild Bill's is part museum, part curiosity barn, filled with tons of mid-20th…

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    Hickory Stick Bookshop

    Indy bookstores are back on the rise, and Hickory has stood tall in the local lit scene for six decades. A large store with a huge section dedicated to…

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    Melanie Carr Gallery

    The former curator of new media at the respected New Britain Museum of American Art, Carr has created a space here for creating and selling contemporary…

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    Chester Farmers Market

    Main St closes down in summer for the Chester Sunday Market, a weekly town-wide farmers market hawking produce, meats, cheeses and breads from small-scale…

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    Bank Square Books

    This magnificent and massive bookstore in downtown displays an affinity for local authors, without ignoring the best sellers. Look for the whale in front…

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    Browse row after row of vinyl records with Yankee audiophiles. There are also some books, DVDs and occasional live music. You have to love someone who…

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    House of Books

    This charming bookstore has an eclectic, beautifully presented selection of new books, including a kids section out back.

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    Ten Thousand Villages

    Your chance to browse a wide variety of fair-trade goods from 38 different countries, right here on Chapel St.

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    Martha's Herbary

    This little gift shop offers a potpourri of New England–produced fair-trade stuff like honey, syrup, jewelry and candles, but perhaps its most fascinating…

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    Tanger Outlet Mall

    Within the Foxwoods Casino complex, this outlet mall has something for everyone, featuring a huge selection of brand-name fashions, accessories and…

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    Connecticut River Artisans

    The Connecticut River Artisans is a coop featuring one-of-a-kind art and craft pieces, including clothing, folk art, furniture, jewelry, paintings,…

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    Flavours of Life

    Ellen Cummings has brought a further glimmer of hope to optimistically upward Bank St with this fair-trade store featuring crafts from around the world,…