Charleston Insider's Guide > Shopping
Some travelers seek out Charleston for its rich history, some for its spectacular scenery, and others for its extensive number of places to shop. Charleston offers a vast array of locally-owned, independent galleries, boutiques, and shops. Taking a vacation is good for our overall health and well being. It is refreshing to be in a different setting, surrounded by new attractions and stores. While vacationing in Charleston, visitors are given the opportunity to shop and explore unique specialty and clothing stores. Charleston's expansive history creates a distinguished market for antiques and collectibles, with selections of furniture dating back hundreds of years.
Antique stores line the sidewalks of King Street and can also be found throughout side streets of the historic districts. African-American influence, from the beginning of slavery to present day, can be seen in representative art work found in many of the local art galleries and shops. Visitors will find these art galleries to contain pieces from every medium including; watercolor and oil painting, clay and wood sculptures, embroidery and tapestry work, and handmade crafts. The numerous jewelry shops around Charleston and on King Street add to a unique romantic side of the city. Ranging from elaborate precious gems from around the world to locally handcrafted simple pieces, the jewelry selection found in Charleston includes some rare finds.
Specialty shops can also be found throughout the city, some dedicated to interesting themes such as animal accessories, stuffed animals, local wildlife, gag gifts, and magic tricks. Traditional gifts and souvenirs are sprinkled amongst the many boutiques, galleries, jewelry and specialty stores. Whether guests are looking for a coastal souvenir to take home to a family member or gifts for a special someone, they will find what they are looking for and more!
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