My favourite independent shop at the moment is a fab little bargain treasure trove called Kitchen & Things, located next to the Grafton Centre in Cambridge. It popped up during the Autumn in 2011 and, rumour has it, will be sticking around even after it's post-Christmas clearance sale is finished (albeit in a different retail unit as coffee giants Starbucks have plans to take over the existing store).
The shop is a veritable feast of all things kitchen and lots more... kitchen scales, every accessory and gadget you could desire, baking accessories, pots and pans, kitsch and vintage tableware, aprons, cleaning paraphernalia, candles and decorative baskets and ornaments. Bargains such as bamboo woven hearts for just 2.99 can be found in the clearance sale (until the end of January).
I love these cute painted glasses:
Another favourite of mine is this metal sign (now sold out!):
Happy Bargain Hunting! :-)