If you don't want to pay the outrageous prices for items in the Mabe Village shop, you CAN steal items. To do this, simply walk up to the item and pick it up as if you were going to buy it. While holding the item, walk BEHIND the shopkeeper, and then quickly walk out the door while he is facing the other way. This may require more than one try, especially on the more expensive items (like the Shovel or Bow). If you succeed, however, there are drawbacks. First of all, everyone will call you THIEF instead of the name you used, and the next time you enter the shop, the shopkeeper will kill you.