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

Not especially. - Oct 19, 2017
Kazakhstan is known for felt handicrafts, tooled leather goods and the two stringed musical instrument the dombrya. - Oct 7, 2016
Leather, fur, teapots, ceramics, rugs. - Jun 18, 2014
Nice fur hats and coats. Pottery from Uzbekistan. - Sep 13, 2010
Some carpets, but better shopping in Kyrgyzstan. - Jul 20, 2008
Some craft works and some rugs maybe but there is not much available here in Astana in terms of those things. - Jan 29, 2008