Serving customers since 1968


Our aim is to stock all materials and tools needed for any task; whether it be replacing old buttons, furnishing your wooden dolls house or making a brand new wedding dress.

We sell it all from our colourful emporium which is filled with fabrics, paints and models to supplement your past times.

The Cheap Shop also sells stationery and all types of giftware, the lists and choices are endless so please take a look through our website and discover what else we have in store today.


The front of our shop still reflects the traditional style that our shop has always been known for, with a myriad of different items to offer.

Greetings cards, gift wrap, boxes and bags, tissue paper, bows, cellophane and ribbons, giftware, Ravensburger and Gibsons puzzles, Revel model kits, small children's toys, board games, pocket-money toys (perfect for party-bags), balloons and banners, Snazzaroo face paints, colouring books and children's craft supplies and Linens such as T-towels, handkerchiefs, oven gloves, face cloths and aprons, we have it all!

Our stationery wall has everything you need for school or the office including diaries, calendars, folders, printer paper, invoice pads, pencil cases and everything you need to fill them, including individual pens and pencils by the hundred!

Key Cutting:

As we always have, we offer a while-you-wait Key cutting service.

Flower arranging:

We sell Oasis (wet & dry) and other flower arranging sundries such as wires, tapes and plastic bowls. We also have a small selection of wicker baskets and bowls suitable for flower arrangements or gift hampers.


Choose from our fantastic range of paints, brushes, drawing supplies, canvases and sketch pads, paper, card and accessories. We sell Fine Art supplies from well-known and trusted brands such as Daler Rowney, Rembrant, Amsterdam and Royal Talens, with everything that an artist may need at any stage of their artistic development and for many types of project.

Whether you prefer to work with watercolours, oils and acrylics, or pastels and pens, you'll find everything you need in our shop. We cater for beginners working on a budget, or artists at a more professional level, with a range of books to inspire and inform both.

We also offer an interesting choice of items perfect for gifts including watercolour kits, Calligraphy pens and inks, Artists Pens and pencils and project books, just right to encourage a life-long enthusiasm for all things arty.

For any queries about specific items please contact us using our Contact Form, we are happy to answer your questions and always aim to do so within 24 hours.


We have a whole section dedicated to the Bakers among you! The limit is your imagination, we stock all the supplies you need to decorate your masterpiece from cupcakes and birthday cakes, to spectacular and elegant wedding cakes.

  • Renshaw ready-to-roll icing and Modelling Paste
  • ProGel professional-grade food colour and Spectral Paste Concentrate
  • Sugarflair
  • Food Art Pens and Rainbow Dust edible glitter
  • Squires Kitchen Sugar Florist Paste
  • Doric Edible Cake Decorations
  • Culpitt Cake Making Tools and shape cutters
  • Icing Nozzles, Shape Stamps and Modelling Tools
  • Cupcake and Muffin cases
  • Cake boards and drums from 4" to 16" and dowel rods
  • White cake and cupcake boxes
  • Patterned and plain napkins, paper tablecloths and paper plates; everything you need for a great party!

We also hire out cake tins. A £10.00 deposit is required for each tin, and we charge only 75p per day. We have a range of sizes in circular and square tins, as well as multiples of each number and a selection of other shapes.


Feeling inspired? Our craft room is well stocked with an assortment of supplies for dozens of different craft projects.

Our knowledgeable staff are on-hand to advise and offer expertise. We cater for all types of paper and card craft such as decoupage, quilling, scrap booking, smash books and card-making amongst others. We also hold craft supplies for many other hobbies from the common to the unusual, catering for one-off projects, hand-made wedding invites and favours, as well as for regular makers and craft stall-holders.

  • Card blanks and all types of paper and card
  • Tapes, adhesives and packaging bags
  • Air-dry clay and Fimo
  • Paper punches and shape cutters
  • Craft knifes and craft tools
  • Candle-making supplies
  • A selection of dies to suit all major cutting machines
  • Rubber stamps and ink pads
  • Craft glues including tacky, fabric, spray, and double-sided tapes
  • Decopatch paper, maché shapes and letters and adhesives including Mod-Podge
  • MDF wood shapes and letters
  • Glass paints, silk paints, fabric paints, acrylic paints
  • We also have a huge range of books to cover every type of craft or project

Embroidery:Cross stitch, tapestry or hand-embroidery, you’ll find everything you need in-store including the full range of colours in Anchor and DMC threads as well as Aida, Binca, Perlé threads, embroidery hoops, embroidery frames and a huge array of kits to suit any size project. We cater for beginners with small pocket-money kits as well as more advanced/ avid stitchers with larger kits, including wedding and baby samplers so you can create family keep-sakes whatever the occasion.



Here at The Cheap Shop, we like to do this the old-fashioned way. You can come and browse our lovely fabric designs in the flesh, choose what you want and take it away with you on the day. Our furnishing fabrics are not only suitable for curtains, but are used for all sorts of projects, cushions, upholstery, blinds, throws and bags to name but a few.

There are always up to 200 curtaining/ upholstery fabrics to choose from off the shelf and buying our fabrics this way allows us to offer them to you at the most competitive prices.  However, if you can't find what you want on our shelves, we also offer a cut length service from several of our suppliers. So, feel free to browse our selection of waterfall hangers and sample books displaying the dozens of other designs available to us. These fabrics can usually be delivered to us within a couple of days.

We also try to keep everything you need in order to finish your projects with supplies of curtain linings (including 54" wide, 108" wide, 100% cotton, polycotton, blackout and thermal), interlinings, tapes and trimmings, fibre-glass roman blind rods, hooks, weights and many other accessories besides.

Table Coverings

In our range of wipe-clean table coverings we have something for every budget, from the cheap and cheerful PVC and glass clear, to the superior PVC coated cottons. There is also the ever-popular heatproof table protector to protect your furniture.

Upholstery Foam:

We offer a bespoke cutting service. Cutting to your exact chosen size and even shape- simply bring along a template!

Available in 4", 3", 2", 1 ½", 1", & ½" thickness.

This service is offered as 'while you wait'. For large orders, you can pay ahead and collect later if you'd prefer.


If you are planning to do some DIY work on a new doll house, or simply re-furnishing a family heirloom, we have everything you need to make your house beautiful and unique. We sell architectural mouldings, windows and doors, electric lighting, paints, wallpapers, carpets, flooring and even furnishing to complete your perfect house.

We sell all you need for every room in the house, ranging from beds to baths and chairs to cookers. You can also find all the must-have 'bits and bobs' to dress your rooms for that authentic period look, right down to the tiniest spoon! We also provide you with a selection of landscaping materials to complete your house with a garden.


We have possibly the largest selection of fabrics available in East Anglia.

Many of our customers are totally in awe of just how many rolls of fabric they have to choose from. We are often referred to as an Aladdin's Cave!

Our fabrics range from the basics such as polycottons, calicos, dress linings and sheeting, to more luxurious cloths such as beautiful cotton lawns, pure linens, bridal fabrics, cotton jerseys, woollens, viscose and a vast array of patterned cotton poplins. We also have more specialist items such as Lycra, corduroy, velvet and vinyl.

There is so much to choose from, in a huge range of colours and patterns, ideal for wherever your creativity leads you.

We also keep in stock dressmaking patterns from all of the major companies and have an extensive Haberdashery to help you finish your project.

Not just for dressmaking…

Many of the fabrics that we stock don't fit neatly into the category of 'dressmaking'. Many crafts and hobbies are catered for too, with a good range of fabrics for any task and including the more unusual! Among them are silk painting, embroidery, upholstery, toy-making, rag quilts, nursery crafts, bag-making and even re-decorating your old campervan!


Haberdashery is defined as 'small items used in sewing, such as buttons, zips, and thread', but you'll find that our Haberdashery is so much more...

This section of our shop is extensive to say the least and we often hear customers exclaiming to their friends that 'if you can't find it here, you won't find it anywhere!' and that's what we strive for.

We try to stock every accessory, sundry or tool needed for any sewing task. From the 'pretty' items such as sequins and decorative trims, to the more structural and standard items such as needles, threads and elastics, we have it all in a huge variety of colours, shapes and sizes. We hope you'll be 'wowed' by our selection- especially by our button wall which, due to its impressive size, is the topic of much discussion!

Only a small selection of items from our Haberdashery are on our online shop, but these do not even touch the tip of the iceberg (so to speak), so if you are looking for something specific then please give us a call! We offer a mail order service and can send any of these items to you through the post.

Additional In-store haberdashery services

While-you-wait scissor sharpening service (excluding Fridays)

While-you-wait Button Covering service


We offer every element that you will need to create your own patchwork quilt. With over 2000 choices of patchwork cottons on our shelves, you'll be sure to find something to suit.

Plains, novelty prints, licensed prints, blenders and Christmas prints as well as cot quilt panels and Christmas project panels.

We source our supplies from all over the world, with collections from Makower, Nutex, Lewis & Irene, Dashwood Studio, The Cotton Craft Company, Tilda, Liberty of London, Fabric Freedom and Stof France, among others.

Christmas fabric is available all-year-round and we have plenty of patchwork books available to guide and inspire you.

Different types of wadding are also available as well as plain extra-wide sheeting for backing, and a selection of quilting accessories such as Bondaweb, rulers, rotary cutters and self-healing cutting mats.

A large selection of fat quarter packs are always available from our most current collections and hundreds of metric fat quarters ready-cut in boxes, so you can browse at your leisure without the need to take bolts to the cutting table.


In our Wool Room we have a vast array of different yarns from value acrylics to pure wools, cotton, silk and alpaca, with different prices to suit every budget.

We are stockists of Stylecraft, Sirdar, King Cole, Adriafil, and Rico, as well as having a selection of yarn supplies from other companies.

We also keep a good selection of knitting and crochet accessories including Pony metal and bamboo knitting needles as well as Pony and Knitpro crochet hooks.

We have an extensive collection of knitting and crochet patterns too, including single-pattern leaflets, booklets and books.

Whatever your knitting or crochet ability our friendly Wool Room staff, who are experienced in knitting and crochet, are always on hand and happy to advise on your latest projects.

Another popular pastime that we cater for is needle felting. We stock wool roving selection packs and 30+ colours in high quality Merino Wool.  Suitable for needle felting or wet felting.

We also have a selection of tools and accessories as well as kits which make fantastic gifts.

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