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

Yes you can purchase all sorts of local handiwork. On weekends and Wednesdays one can shop at Ismalova for these types of things...but don't forget to go hungry so you can enjoy the sheeslak(sp?) and a shot of Russian vodka. - Oct 31, 2017
Russian handicrafts are great. Plenty of historical and USSR items here. - Sep 26, 2016
Matroyshka dolls, icons. - Jun 30, 2015
There is a great outdoor market, Izmaylova, that sells all of the traditional Russian items such as hats, matrioska dolls, lacquer boxes, etc. Also, the embassy association sponsors vendor weeks a few times a year when the vendors come to the Embassy. The prices are higher than if you just metro out there, but you're paying for convenience. - Oct 14, 2014
Matryoshka dolls, amber jewelry, Soviet propaganda posters, etc. - Nov 13, 2013
Handicrafts, souvenirs, etc. - Jul 28, 2013
Reproductions of icons, paintings by local artists, rugs from the Central Asian Republics, an endless array of matrioshka dolls, linen tablecloths, Ded Moroz and Snegorochka figurines. - Jul 18, 2013
Nesting dolls, artwork, or a fur coat, if you'd like one. - Jan 13, 2013
Russian cultural kitsch. - Mar 14, 2012
Matrushka dolls, amethyst, enameled trays and boxes - May 29, 2011
Artifacts, art, and travel within Russia and outside of Russia for those much-needed 'respite' breaks. - Jan 1, 2011
The usual tourist tchochkes: wooden dolls, icons, samovars, Soviet kitsch. - Jul 31, 2010
Nesting dolls, laquer items, Fabrege eggs, birch artwork. - May 22, 2010
The Izmailova market. The true artisans don't really bargain much on their prices. There is a decent store on the Starry Arbat selling local Russian crafts. - May 5, 2010
Russian handicrafts like painted wood items, embroidery and artworks (make sure the gallery helps you with export permits, or contact one of the many services to arrange this before you leave). - Feb 13, 2010
caviar, vodka, fur hats. One winter here and you find yourself craving those three things. Other good collectibles here are Samovars, kitschy Soviet knick-knacks, silver teaglass holders, lace. - Jan 23, 2010
Matryoshkas, carpets, linens, the usual. - Nov 6, 2009
Fur hats, which you will wear, beautiful linens, nice wooden items, paintings, knitted items... - Oct 24, 2009
Martyoshka nesting dolls, nice linens (not expensive when buying at Izmailova market), painted wooden santas and angels for Christmas - Aug 29, 2009
Matroshka (nesting) dolls, enamel boxes, wooden Santa Clauses, vodka, vodka and more vodka. - Aug 22, 2009
Russian souvenirs: matrioshki, wooden toys and boxes, icons, Soviet memorabilia, etc. - Sep 12, 2008
Wooden lacquer boxes, wooden dolls, paintings, etc. - Aug 25, 2008