I love used bookstores, and I loved this place. It’s tucked in a tiny wooded patch off the main street, in a little cape-style cottage; rooms are filled to the ceiling with shelves and stacks of books. For a relatively small place there’s an interesting variety of books, and an interesting variety of patrons.
Among the galleries we stopped in, I liked this one. Almost everything is made of glass, including handmade kaleidoscopes, sun catchers in the form of multi mast boats, fine-spun glass angels and devils, and jewelry, among other things. There are also chimes and bells with beautiful tones, and some paintings.
Shop Therapy sells everything from postcards and t-shirts to sex toys and pipes. It's a crazy store, and maybe not the best place for little kids. It's fun to check out though. I always make a stop here whenever I'm in town. It's usually one of the most crowded stores on the street.
What to buy: Tourist stuff, sex toys, smoking paraphernalia, body jewelry and probably other things that I don't know about.
Lands End Marine Supply is a hardware store on Commercial Street. They sell regular hardware stuff like nails and duct tape and things like that. But the reason that you'll want to know about it is because they also sell a lot of stuff that visitors might want. For example they have lots of beach stuff: water shoes, boogie boards, sunglasses, snorkel gear, etc. They also sell fishing supplies and marine gear like navigational maps and nautical flags. The bonus though is that all of this stuff is available here for much cheaper than you can get it from other stores in town. If you run out of batteries or need a bucket and shovel for the kids come here.
What to buy: Everything from garden hoses to tote bags.
Marine Specialties is probably one of Provicetown's most famous shops. Everyone knows how to get there. What's harder to explain is what kind of store it is. On the surface it's an Army-Navy surplus selling tons of leftover military uniforms and old buttons and coats. But they also sell marine supplies like rope and knives and compasses. Add to this a layer of touristy junk like postcards, weird hats, dried shells and beach cover-ups and you might almost get the idea. They never have the same stuff on any two separate visits. This store is a must-see if you come here.
What to buy: You name it; they just might have it.
As far as I can tell, most of Provincetown is like one open-air mall.
You want a tatoo, they got that. Persian rug, that too. Some starving-artist painting, plenty to choose from. Salt water taffy, tee-shirts with funny sayings, hats, caps, scarves, bandanas.
I bet there is at least one shop for every letter in the alphabet.
What to buy: list of things that were of interest to us......
Shirts ? Shirts N Stuff , Atlantic Cotton Company and Mad As A Hatter on Commercial Street
Leather Goods ? Christopher's or Hersheldon's on Commercial Street
Kids Clothing ? KidsStuff on Commercial St. and Two Tee Shirts on Bradford St.
Art Work ? Just about any shop on the east end of Bradford St. especially DNA Gallery. The Harvey Dodd Studio on Commercial St. has some excellent watercolors.
Provincetown is famous for its art galleries. Photographs and paintings, sculpture and pottery, jewelry and more ... Provincetown is a mecca for artists. Many of the artists focus on New England themes, but the work really is as broad as the imagination. The galleries literally line Commercial Street from the West end through the East end, and dot some of the side streets, too. Brochures with maps of all the galleries are available, but taking your time and strolling the length of P-Town is much more fun.
It is a mall. Very little comparing to other malls but very attractive for several reasons: there is a very good restaurant on a second floor; there is good smelling coffee shop on a right side of the entrance; there’s a nice jewelry store on a first level; public restrooms on a second level and many more cute little stores we usually just pass by…
I've been going to Good Scents since I was a little girl, and now that I don't get up to Provincetown that much, I have them send me my lotion with what has become my signature scent. You walk into Good Scents and are greated by shelves filled with the store's signature products (which they will scent for you for no charge) as well as a number of adorable, country garden-esque brands like Caswell and Massey, Burts Bees, etc. The decor makes you want to leave, but the store is quite small, and you usually have to be patient. If you are, the owners will answer all your questions and happily help you out with anything you need. I like my lotion scented just so - and they always accomodate me.
What to buy: I'm not into glitter - it's kind of obvious, I think - but they have a lotion called STardust Lotion - which has a slight sheen from tiny bits of Mica. It's fabulous.
For those w/ very dry, sensitive skin, their Aloe Vera lotion is fabulous - rich and creamy but without that nasty residue that some other lotions leave.
What to pay: They are pretty reasonable. The lotions are around $10
The people make it special, the guys who work here are primarily what I miss about Provincetown....friendly and without pretense, helpful, always with big smiles on their faces...of course living here who wouldn't !
What to buy: Great fashionable stuff for guys that can actually be worn in daylight and not look ridiculous...
What to pay: typical of clothing stores in most major US cities...not jacked up outrageously like a particular store in P-Town...
This is a gay mecca and tourist destination! Anything practical - go elsewhere :) Aside from the usual tourist trappings (T-shirts, key rings etc..) you can get virtually anything rainbow hued, women's clothes in men's sizes, antiques and there are (surpisingly (!) for the town of its size) any number of outlets selling Dolce & Gabbana, Custo, CK. There's even one wonderful shop selling only Christmas decorations (and its open all year round). And not a Borders in sight.
This is my favorite shop sign that I saw in Provincetown. When you see the name you can not help but laugh.
Provincetown is a mecca for shoppers. There are artists studios, antique shops, small stores, and souvineers. Pictured here is a typical shop on the main street of Provincetown.