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    Charleston's City Market

    by Ewingjr98 Written Jan 2, 2012

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    Charleston's city market stretches along four buildings from Meeting Street all the way to the Customs House at the water's edge. The small buildings or, "sheds," were built between 1804 and 1830 after the land was donated to the city in 1788. The main building was constructed in 1841 and is a replica of the Temple of the Wingless Victory in Athens, Greece.

    The market is open daily from around 9:30am about 6pm. Rather than a traditional meat and vegetable market like you might find in other major cities, this market provides mostly local crafts, including local sweetgrass baskets, clothing, artwork, jewelry, souvenirs, perfume, food, and other gift items. There are also a few restaurants and snack stops in the market halls.

    If you start at the main building and walk toward the water, you will notice the shops steadily move from more expensive, name brand shops to tiny local vendors barely eking out a living.

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    THE MARKET-Sweetwater Baskets and Trinkets: For Every Sort of Souvenir

    by VeronicaG Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    Four blocks of open-air market filled with all types of souvenirs--that's Charleston City Market! Yet, not only souvenirs, but you'll also find some beautiful crafts, such as, this area's famous SWEETGRASS BASKETS*(pic #4), paintings, watercolors and pottery.

    We discovered a colorful booth selling tablecloths from Provence, France(pic #3). I recognized some of the patterns from our trip to that area last year, so scooped up two for our dining room table-$35 each. The woman running the booth (CeCe) was a real charmer!

    On our Walking History Tour, we were told that this area is where slaves came to purchase fruits, vegetables and fish for their owners table. Another source said that the slaves themselves had little gardens and perhaps came to sale what they grew here.

    In any event, this original land was given to the city by Charles Cotesworth Pinckney in 1788 so that a public market could be built in this location. It's been ravaged by tornados, earthquakes and hurricanes so has been rebuilt many times.

    Market Hall (pic #2), a building housing one of the sections, was constructed in 1841 and is a copy of The Temple of Wingless Victory in Athens. It's where the market commissioners held their meetings, but it was also a place to hold social get togethers. Rental space was below and vendors were charged $1 per stall, but if it had a marble counter the price was $2 because the marble helped keep fish or meat cold.

    *More on sweetgrass baskets in my customs tips

    **Hours: Open Daily from March-October 8:30am-5:30pm; November-February 8:30am-5:00pm

    What to buy: Sweetgrass baskets, women's scarves and skirts, adults and children t-shirts, purses, jewelry, tablecloths, birdhouses, toys, homemade scented soaps, Christmas ornaments, pastry, paintings, pottery and souvenirs of all types

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    Look Up: Charleston Museum

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The store at the Charleston Museum is on the ground floor. As I was walking around the balcony, I took this picture looking down onto the store. They sell clothing and various items that are featured in the museum. I didn't buy anything there for myself. There is also an internet store which has:

    *Books
    *Gifts
    *Jewelry
    The jewelry appears to be mostly church related architectural items.

    *Reproductions
    One of the types of reproductions was sampler kits which were quite pricey (photo 3)

    They also had various children's items like books and puppets like the Barn Owl Puppet (photo 5).

    What to buy: Among the books, you can get:

    Another's Country (Martha Zierden and Joe W. Joseph, eds.;University of Alabama Press, 376 pp.) $29.95

    "This Have I Done": Samplers and Embroideries from Charleston and the Lowcountry (Jan Hiester and Ka $19.95

    Civil War Nurse- The Diary and Letters of Hannah Ropes (John R. Brumgardt, ed., 149 pp.) $13.95

    Queens and Commoners of Egypt's New Kingdom $2.00

    Natural History in South Carolina from Colonial Times to the Present (Albert E. Sanders and William $45.00

    Images of America- An Album from the Collection of The Charleston Museum (Mary Moore Jacoby and John $19.99

    In the gift section is an Engraved Rice Spoon $45.00
    and the video When Rice Was King $29.95

    What to pay: For another book - Audubon- The Charleston Connection $14.95 (photo 2)
    In the reproduction category - Dorothy Ians Sampler Silk Kit (1750) $96.00 (photo 3)
    Under jewelry St. John's Lutheran Church Portico Pin $23.00 (photo 4)
    The puppets range in price from $16.95 to $48.00 for a large raccoon.

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    Aquarium Shop: South Carolina Aquarium

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Gifts and souveniers. They don't seem to have on-line ordering or mail order availability except for this THIS FRAGILE PLANET video
    Running Time Approx.: 60 minutes, Color, Stereo
    $ 20.00 (Handling & Shipping $ 3.00)

    What to buy: Their website says : from hand-blown glasswork, painted silk accessories and custom jewelry to commemorative tee-shirts, educational toys and environmentally sensitive playthings.

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    Old City Market: Arts & Crafts

    by Dabs Updated Dec 5, 2010
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    Anyone who has ever been on a cruise ship will know what kind of market the old city market is, located just outside where the cruise ships dock, the wares are mostly things that cater to tourists-tshirts, local foods, local crafts. We had a quick walk through but as I wasn't interested in souvenirs we didn't stop and buy anything.

    The market is also known as the Slave Market, house slaves once shopped here for produce and fish. I didn't see any of the local "basket ladies" that are mentioned frequently but people say that they work here weaving and selling sweetgrass, pine-straw, and palmetto-leaf baskets. Our guide later in the day said we'd be shocked at how expensive they were but we never inquired.

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    The city market: Miscellaneous stuff

    by GUYON Updated Mar 29, 2009

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    The former food market has been transformed into a tourist market.
    On 3 blocks, under the market buildings, there are small shops and simple tables to sell the international stuff we find everywhere : wooden things, Tshirts, toys, etc..
    Not very interesting.
    Only if you wish to bring back a gift for your mother in law.

    What to buy: The only typical things we saw were the handcraft baskets sold by youngers. They tell it is a traditional activity coming from the slavery epoch. I saw the boys with the grass in hand and the baskets but I never saw one making one by himself. So it could be "made in China items"...

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    Charleston Cooks! Maverick Southern Kitchens: Great kitchen store

    by nyonnetti Written Dec 2, 2008

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    This is a great kitchen store that has a wide variety of culinary utensils and appliances. You can find some unique gadgets that you might not be able to find at a regular department store. The products are also very high in quality. Another plus is the store offers cooking classes specializing in "low country" cuisine. How cool is that?

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    Sea & Shell: Nautical gifts

    by nyonnetti Written Dec 2, 2008

    This is a great little shop that offers some really cool shell gifts for the home. There is also a nice collection of jewelry items. The service is great and the gifts are unique!

    What to pay: Varies depending on what you buy.

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  • Dona Hay: Best Handbag Store in the South

    by Randy1021 Written Feb 22, 2008

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    My wife and I thought the store was beautiful and well laid out. What we found really great was it was one of the few stores we've ever come across that concentrates on Handbags from around the world. The sale staff (Jenny in particular) seemed to know about evey handbag, where it's made. The buyers have done an outstanding job in not only the luxury brands of handbags but also the small manufactuers from all over the world. They have these really unique cocconut and zipper handbags ($70) that I wish we had bought one. Very unique store. Should have a place in NYC. Third time we've been there.

    What to buy: This time the Eric Javit collection had just come in that day so she bought two. A nice touch is they discounted the second bag 25% without asking. I bought a beautiful snakeskin handbag for our daughter.

    What to pay: What was really great about this store is their price range. You'd expect everything to be expensive by the look of the store but they've got

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  • Ooops!: Great bargains and browsing

    by thedogatemyhomework Written Jul 28, 2007

    This is a clothing shop for men, women and kids: over runs and seconds from catalogue companies. There aren't many bargains on King Street. This is one of the few.

    What to buy: Ooops is fun shop to check out. I've seen brands from The Gap to Eddie Bauer to you name it. It changes all of the time and prices are dirt cheap. Clothing for women, men and kids...even shoes sometimes.

    What to pay: Anywhere from $5 to $35

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    Ross: Budget store

    by GUYON Written Jul 28, 2006

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    Ross is a well known network of stores selling unexpensive clothing for women, men and children. They can have also house holding and other things like luggages. Twice, I made a bargain buying suitcases by Ross at the third of the regular price.
    The most part of the clothes are ugly but it is possible to find some good bargain for few dollars. The female customers use a cart to gather all they buy.

    A tip : near the entrance, close to the cash desks, there are the great brands.

    Mon-Sat 9:30am-9:30pm
    Sun 11:00am-7:00pm

    What to pay: Few

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    Bob Ellis: Shoe Mecca

    by scbelle Written Dec 13, 2005

    Aaah.... Bob Ellis, how best to describe the shoe store that has catered to at least three generations of my family? As you pass the shop, you look in the window and see the magic names: Manolo, Jimmy, Marc, Stuart, Prada....etc, etc, etc. It is difficult for many outsiders to understand the selection of fine ladies shoes available here, with such a vast array of styles.

    Your curiousity piqued, you walk into the store and start looking at the shelves of shoes lining the wall. As you pick up the first pair that really gets you, a polite man comes over and offers his assistance. You point to that pair, and that pair, and that pair as he follows your progression around the wall of shoes. At last, your work done, you take a seat in one of teh upholstered chairs and wait for him to come back wiht oyur requests....

    And he comes back with boxes and boxes and boxes--first showing you teh ones you asked for, and then pulling out "some other pairs from the back I thought you might enjoy." Sheer heaven, but incredibly dangerous to your pocketbook. However, a few times of year, you will be lucky, and as you sit, he will whisper the magic words "of course, they ARE on sale..." Mmmmm...

    What to buy: In addition to the fine selection of shoes, they also have a nice array of desinger handbags to complement your look. There are mens shoes as well, but I don't really botehr with that whole side of the store.

    What to pay: How much will you spend? I suppose that will depend on your appetite for shoes and your credit limit :)

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    King Street Shops: The Main Drag

    by scbelle Written Dec 13, 2005

    The shops along King Street provide a little of something for everyone. There are shoe stores (see specifically my Bob Ellis tip), clothing stores for men and women, lingerie stores, outdoor gear stores, makeup/beauty stores, antique stores, jewelry stores, and and and and....

    What to pay: Most of the shopping on King Street is higher end.

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    Wal-Mart: Wal-Mart Yeh!

    by tpangelinan Written Oct 9, 2005

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    We needed a few thing that we forgot and found this Wal-Mart on James Island on 12 minutes away, so off we dashed after work. They were open until 11:00pm and got there in time and still we had plenty of time to shop. The prices were very reasonable and the service was good. Take the bridge over to James Island Take the Folly Beach Road exit and turn left and it's down on the right about 2 miles.

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    Many high dollar stores to shop in!: BRING MONEY LOTS OF MONEY & a Big Truck!

    by tpangelinan Written Oct 9, 2005

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    Saks Fifth Avenue 211 KING ST.,  Ph (843) 853-9888
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    Well to start with, when we got into town and on King St. you really notice the town and some of what it has to offer. Stores lined the streets for blocks, it started with Saks Fifth Avenue with limo's parked out front waiting. You will find any thing and every thing on this street for a price! Banana Republic, Lucky Brand, Tommy Bahama's, Magaritaville, William & Sanoma,Puma, Steve Madden, Gap and so much more. Shopping heaven, so if you got the money be ready to part with it! But have fun while doing so! If you want craft and local artist work go to Market street and visit their stores!

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