Charleston Shopping ... Uptown, downtown, boutique, sidewalk market, designer fashions from head to toe, vintage consignments from then to now. Charleston has a place to shop for your every need. Whether on a budget or reaching for the sky, outfit yourself, your home, find great gifts or dress every finger with something shiny. Fulfill your desires for beauty and the unusual in the galleries. Collect your period antique or find the perfect craft-piece at the Charleston City Market. Whether you are crystal or Crate and Barrel, no matter what you need, want or must have... Charleston will deliver.
Put on the comfy shoes, select the proper clothes for ease of removal, (just in case you find something you just have to try on) check the wallet for credit cards and cash, clip coupons, plan a strategic course of action so that the bulk of items are purchased in time for lunch at a favorite restaurant and call ahead to the parking angel for insurance. For those who love to, shopping is a planned event that requires organization and fortitude. No matter the type of shopping, whether a necessity for, say school clothes and supplies for the kids or for clothing, a gift perhaps or a household item, somewhere in or around Charleston, it can be found. Charleston and her surrounding towns provide a shopping extravaganza carrying absolutely everything for which one might find him or herself in the market.
There are also malls around town that offer the chain store type shopping if what you need can't be found at the high-end stores in Charleston Place or King Street. Mt. Pleasant, just outside of Charleston offers The Towne Centre shopping mall. The Citadel Mall is near downtown on Sam Rittenberg Blvd. and the Northwoods Mall anchors many other shopping plaza and stand-alone stores on Northwoods Blvd. in North Charleston. Summerville has a couple of plaza malls off Rte. 26 on Rte 17A where stores like Belk and Kohl's, World Market and Pier 1 Imports can be found.
Shopping the Outlying Areas ... The galleries in Charleston are renowned for the quality, variety and technique they offer. What is not so popularly known is that some outlying towns such as Mt. Pleasant, Summerville and Walterboro also have art galleries, some of which are owned, in cooperation, by the very same artists you'll find in Charleston. That's right, the same artists, the same quality work, but perhaps offered for a price commensurate with the overhead of an outlying area. Now that's worth the drive. When I mention art galleries, I'm talking not only about two-dimensional paintings, I'm talking about hand-crafted items from glass blowing to jewelry, photography, pottery, woven baskets and rugs, wood carving, cultural art and more. These professional, quality crafted items can be found in Walterboro's Folk Art Gallery, in particular, for extremely reasonable prices. So if you go antique hunting in Walterboro, be sure to stop in to the Gallery there. Or if you go antique hunting in Summerville, stop into the Art Central Gallery there. Or if you find yourself in the art galleries of Mt. Pleasant, be sure to go to Old Mt. Pleasant town Center to visit the boutique antiques and galleries there. Johns Island and James Island also have galleries and shops worth a look.
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Though there are tours aplenty, there is much else to do while in Charleston. Wine and food paring is quite a popular experience. You can reserve an opportunity to have a professional walk you through how to taste and what to look for in a good wine and sample wines from all over the world. Visit Charleston's own vineyard offering a wine produced with the locally grown muscadine grape for a bit of local taste. Or perhaps visit one of our local microbreweries if beer is your preferred vacation beverage.
Consignment Stores In the heart of West Ashley is one of our favorites, a consignment store called Consigning Women with some excellent clothes and prices. They are located at 19 Magnolia Road. There are several Consignment stores to chose from in our Charleston's Finest Guide. Visit our consignment page for other locations in the tri-county area.