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Is this a "shopping post"? Are there interesting handicrafts, artwork, antiques, or other items that people typically buy there?

Yes, beer steins, Polish pottery, and cuckoo clocks. If you are into Christmas ornaments, you will love the Christmas Markets each winter. - Jan 28, 2017
Christmas crafts, bembels (jugs for apple wine), etc. - Aug 14, 2016
Nothing particularly unique to purchase except the wide variety of Christmassy things at Frankfurt's, and each Germany town's individual Christmas markets. Germany is very into Christmas! - Feb 1, 2016
Steins, Bembels, Cuckoo Clocks, decorations from the Christmas and Easter Markets - Dec 9, 2015
Cuckoo-Clocks from Bavaria, every type of beer known to man kind, and all the trinkets and dust collectors you can purchase at the endless Christmas and Easter Markets as well as festivals. - Mar 30, 2014
German beer. - Nov 7, 2013
Food and travel. - Mar 4, 2012
A lot of beer mugs, and other such handicrafts. I don't have much of an interest in this stuff though. - Oct 3, 2011
Various items. Christmas markets are a big thing here. - Jul 15, 2010
Beer! Best I've ever had... - Jul 7, 2008
Great food items, travel, travel, travel. - Feb 23, 2008
Nutcrackers, smokers, steins, traveling. - Jan 4, 2008