Staying within your budget in Leeds is easy if you know where to look…
We all like to save a few pennies, especially in Yorkshire – and it’s only too easy to believe that means sticking to the high street. But actually, you can find a bargain or two in the city’s independent stores. From vintage pieces to home furnishings, we’ve got seven great Leeds stores where you can stay well within budget.
Paper KissesGot a birthday coming up for a friend or loved one? Don’t just head straight for your nearest Clinton Cards shop. The friendly folks at Paper Kisses have cards for every occasion cards starting at just 79p. They’ve got just about everything covered too, with wrapping paper, helium balloons and bags, not to mention some cute gifts starting at £3.99.
Paper Kisses, 30 Merrion Centre, LS2 8NG.
Spice CornerWhen you’re a keen cook on a budget, buying spices can quickly add up. But filling up your spice rack doesn’t have to cost the earth. From mace and whole cardamom to bay leaves and dried chillies, Spice Corner have got everything you could need at a fraction of the usual prices, and they’ll last for ages, so you can really stock up.
Spice Corner, 21 Row E, Leeds Kirkgate Market, LS2 7LG.
Samuel TaylorWhether you’re a whizz with a pair of knitting needles, like to create your own clothes or enjoy scrap booking, Samuel Taylors has it covered. Tucked away behind House of Fraser, this beloved Leeds haberdashery is a treasure trove of DIY supplies and materials. Explore a rainbow of fabrics, yarn, knitting needles, ribbon, patterns and everything else you need to get crafty. And if you’re just getting started, they offer monthly workshops.
Samuel Taylor, 10 Central Road, LS1 6DE.
YoyoBargain hunting fashionistas will love this Leeds store. If you’ve ever paired a statement necklace with a plain tee, you know accessories are invaluable. Yoyo in Trinity Leeds has just the thing with a great selection of bracelets starting at £1, earrings for £3, not to mention scarves and even shoes for under a tenner. They’ll have you looking great in no time.
Yoyo, 76 Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, LS1 5AT.
Twit Woo VintageHidden in The Loft above Casa Colombiana in Grand Arcade, Twit Woo Vintage sells handpicked goodies from the roaring 20s right through to the off-beat 80s at affordable prices. You’ll find gorgeous scarves at just £3, men’s waistcoats for a tenner and even dresses for £12 – so you can revive your wardrobe without breaking the bank.
Twit Woo, The Loft, 6 Grand Arcade, LS1 6PG.
Inside OutBased in St. John’s Centre in Leeds, Inside Out offers art in a range of colourful designs for just about every taste, at bargain prices. Their huge canvasses starting at just a tenner with nature, cityscapes, street art and other designs. Or why not cosy up with their printed cushions? That’ll put some personality into any sofa.
Inside Out, 17B St. John’s Centre, LS2 8LQ.
SummerhouseFollowing in the tradition of Grand Arcade neighbour Our Handmade Collective, Summerhouse offers a range of handmade crafts from over ten designers at prices that won’t break the bank. Browse handcrafted cards, bead bracelets, knitted children’s clothing and more, with prices starting at around a fiver, you may want to take the whole shop home with you.
Summerhouse, The Loft, 6 Grand Arcade, LS1 6PG.