Charleston Shopping : a local’s perspective
Get the inside scoop on where to shop and how to save from Charleston locals – they know how to shop and have the ultimate insider tips for you. With so many great shopping options, finding what you want and more is easy to do while visiting our area.
Here are Charleston Gateway’s top 5 tips for shopping while visiting the Holy City.
1) With so much history all around you, a visit to one of the area’s many antique stores and malls are a must! Furniture, art, silver, crystal, jewelry and so much more are widely available. The long time heart of Charleston antiquing is on lower King Street, south of Market Street. Geo. C. Birlant & Co (191 King St), a family owned business since 1922, is quite possibly the oldest Antique Store in the whole area — and the exclusive makers of the Charleston Battery Bench. The suburbs offer the Antique Mall experience with lots of booths and vendors to suit tastes of any sort. Terrace Oaks Antiques (2037 Maybank Hwy), is just such a place with 90+ Quality Booths in over 11,000 square feet.
2) No visit to Charleston is complete without a stroll through the City Market. You’ll find antiques, t-shirts, sunglasses, fine art, candy, restaurants, toys and Charleston’s famous sweetgrass basket weavers. The sweetgrass basket is unique to the Lowcountry of South Carolina, and the Ivory Coast of Africa.
3) Beach combers will delight at area beach shops. From beach necessities like towels and suits to unique souvenirs made by local artisans. Want to try surfing or paddle boarding? Many of these shops have boards to rent and maybe even some instruction!
4) Bargain shoppers, you have come to the right place! North Charleston is home to one of your favorite factory stores. Tanger Outlets are well known by many for their wide variety of shops and prices that can’t be beat. Had your eye on that latest Coach bag? The Coach Outlet store at Tanger is there to fit the bill!
5) King Street also hosts many popular brand favorites like H&M, Forever 21, Vineyard Vines and many more. Nestled among the big brands are quaint, boutique style shops, sometimes upstairs, sometimes down an alley. There is always a treasure to be found!