- Antiques: This region has some of the best antiquing in Southern Ontario. If you only have time for one stop, head to the St. Jacobs Antiques Market (805 King St. N.; www.stjacobs.com; tel. 519/880-1944), where 110 different vendors share a roof. Each booth has its own specialty, from offbeat LPs to rare coins, furniture, jewelry, and more.
- Books: Stuffed to the gills with great books, Old Goat Books (99 King St. N., Waterloo; www.oldgoatbooks.com; tel. 519/880-9595) sets itself apart from other used bookstores by keeping an impressive, easily accessible online catalog. Through their website, you can reserve your desired book in advance of your visit.
- Clothing: Deal hunters should check out the sales at the St. Jacobs Outlet Mall (25 Benjamin Rd. E., Waterloo; www.stjacobsoutlets.com; tel. 519/888-0138); its offerings include Levi’s, Lego, Paderno, and Royal Doulton.
- Gift Items: If actress Zooey Deschanel manifested into a store, she would be the cutesy knick-knack shop Gifted (181 Park St., Waterloo; www.giftedwaterloo.com; tel. 519/208-4438), where kawaii cat mugs, bibliophile-pandering tote bags printed with ISBN puns, whimsical cards, and adorable printed tea towels are just a few of the items on offer.
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