Exeter has long been famous for its silver. If you seek, ye shall find old Exeter silver, especially spoons, sold in local stores. Brufords, 17 Guildhall, Queen Street (tel. 01392/254901; www.brufords.co.uk), sells modern silver and jewelry.
You can find a number of antiques dealers in Exeter, many on the Quay off Western Way. The Quay Gallery Antiques Emporium (tel. 01392/213283; www.exeterquayantiques.co.uk) houses 10 dealers who sell furniture, porcelain, metalware, and other collectibles. The Antique Centre, on the Quay (tel. 01392/493501), has 20 dealers.
The Edinburgh Woollen Mill, 23 Cathedral Yard (tel. 01392/412318), carries a large selection of woolen goods, including kilts, Aran jumpers, tartan travel rugs, and quality wool suits for women and trousers for men.
A daily market on Sidwell Street is Exeter's version of a flea market.
Honiton: The World of Antique Lace -- In Honiton, 26km (16 miles) northwest of Exeter, lace has been made since 1560, and many of its connoisseurs hail it as the world's highest-quality lace. Much in demand in the 17th and 18th centuries by rich families, the cottage industry is still flourishing at the Honiton Lace Shop, 44 High St. (tel. 01404/42416; www.honitonlace.com). The shop sells and displays antique lace from the 16th to the early 20th centuries. The outlet also sells lace-making equipment for both beginners and experienced lace makers. Demonstrations (no set times) are scheduled from June to August -- always call for an appointment.
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