Empire Exchange: Manchester’s weird and wonderful store which sells anything - including its owner’s ashes
Check out this weird and wonderful unique shop in Manchester city centre which sells absolutely anything - including model trains, a second-hand hamster cage and traffic lights.
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There's a weird and wonderful store in Manchester city centre which sells all sorts of items ranging from vintage vinyl records, to a pedestrian crossing light.
Entering Empire Exchange in Manchester is like stepping back in time, and in every nook and cranny lies something totally unique. The store is around the corner from Piccadilly Gardens in a central location in Manchester city centre, and doesn't look or operate like your average retail shop.
Empire Exchange is a unique establishment that focuses on bartering or exchanging goods. It stacks all sorts from floor to ceiling, ranging from regular DVDs and CDs, to an old set of golf clubs and decorative china, to the ashes of the former owner - although those aren't for sale, despite having been mistakenly sold once earlier this year.
Some items worth noting include a once-operational traffic light, chairs from the Red Café at Old Trafford, and a rat mask which belonged to the former frontman of the local band Piccadilly Rats.
Empire Exchange is a place you can spend hours browsing through the thousands of items available, and we went down to check it out for ourselves for our video report.