It's impossible to talk about shopping in South Shields without mentioning its markets.
For more than 200 years the Market Place has been a focal point for shoppers and those looking to sell their wares and today is no exception with no fewer than three market days each week.
The Monday and Saturday markets sell everything from plants, flowers, fabric, fish and food to good quality clothing, toys, handbags and art works.
In addition, the Friday flea market is an absolute treasure trove of unusual and quirky curios, bric-a-brac, books and second hand bargains.
This is where to come - to buy, to browse, to discover and to enjoy a wonderful atmosphere - and, who knows, you may stumble across a real find or an heirloom of the future.
The market is an ever changing kaleidoscope of stalls and wares with many more people enjoying it - so why not come along and see it for yourself? Who knows what bargains you'll find?
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